UC's College of Allied Health Sciences, in collaboration with the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, has launched an online Master of Science in Health Informatics degree that balances the relationship between information technology, systems and healthcare.
This degree is ideal for individuals from various academic backgrounds, including, medicine, nursing, allied health sciences, public health, health information management, pharmacy, IT, IS, computer science, law, health policy, statistics, and business. UC MSHI graduates will gain the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills needed to excel in a variety of roles within the healthcare system.
“This program will develop the next generation of leaders whose skills and knowledge will make a difference in the function of health systems and delivery of health care,” says Victoria Wangia, program director of the MSHI program.
The 12-course program is offered in two 100% online tracks: a one year accelerated program or a two year part-time program. The outcome-focused curriculum is built around accrediting competencies and has a mastery approach to informatics, related health policy, project management, leadership, data analytics, and business intelligence.
The program also includes a Project and Program Management course that is aligned with the standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI), allowing students to gain the foundational knowledge needed to pursue the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential.
According to Burning Glass labor market analysis, demand for health informatics professionals grew by 36 percent from 2007 to 2011, compared with 9 percent for all other healthcare postings combined. To help with the market demand for improving health care systems, UC has designed a program that will develop well-rounded health informatics professionals who can bring balance to this multifaceted role.