Health informatics is the integration of computer technology into health care. As a scientific discipline, it deals with the collection, storage, retrieval, communication, and optimal use of health related data information and knowledge. This data is used for health care problem solving and decision making.
Professionals in health informatics play many role in healthcare. They help develop, program, install and manage clinical information systems; maintain and modify clinical information systems at hospitals or clinics; train health professionals to use data collection and decision management software; and provide ongoing customer support.
Why Minor in Health Informatics?
The health care industry depends on electronic information systems. As health data becomes more and more digitized, opportunities are created for individuals with skills and knowledge to collect, analyze, monitor, maintain and report health data in accordance with established data quality principles, legal and information security standards, and professional best-practice guidelines. Careers in healthcare technology are among the fastest growing (US Department of Labor, 2010).
In a rapidly growing industry, there's a strong career outlook for healthcare technologists like clinical coders, data analysts, patient information coordinators and health record technicians who work in major medical facilities, nursing centers, outpatient care facilities, other home medical services, and physicians' offices.
Where do healthcare information professionals work?
Jobs in healthcare informatics can be found in a wide variety of settings, from hospitals and clinics, to software development vendors, the U.S. government, and health care consulting firms. Jobs for entry level graduates with bachelor’s degrees are generally at the assistant or support staff level and may have titles such as network support personnel, clinical informatics specialist, customer support/training personnel, data entry clerk, or health records assistant. Some of the best opportunities for entry into healthcare informatics can be found in large teaching hospitals because they employ information professionals in several departments.
What are the course requirements for a minor in Health Informatics?
In addition to all other Health Services Administration degree requirements, the Health Informatics Minor requires successful completion of 21 credits in Health Services and Information Technology courses.
This must consist of:
▪ Four (4) required Health Services and Information Technology Minor courses - 12 credits
▪ Three (3) required Health Services and Information Technology Minor Elective Course - 9 credits
CP-295 - Systems Analysis and Design (Pre-requisite required - Sophomore Standing)
CT-390 - Internship (Pre-requisite required - Junior Standing)