Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics

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As the transition to electronic health records gains momentum, the healthcare industry needs a workforce that’s prepared not merely to use next-generation health informatics technology, but to leverage that technology to lead tomorrow’s hospitals, private practices, and government entities.

Although the need for this highly specialized generation of leaders is growing, the number of trained professionals is not keeping pace—especially at the managerial level. That’s one of the reasons why one-out-of-three employers consider a Master’s in Healthcare Information Management degree more valuable than other graduate degrees.

Expanding careers
Career prospects for Health Informatics management have never looked better. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for health information management professionals will increase by 20 percent through 2018.2 And with the federal government pushing for all health care providers to be using electronic records by 2014, the time for comprehensive health information training is now.

Diverse employers
Just about every health-related entity needs highly trained health information directors, data managers, and systems application specialists to manage and re-invent the way information is collected, processed and used. Highly trained health informatics professionals can find excellent management opportunities in:

  • Health care systems
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmacies
  • Private practice
  • Government
  • Health-related vendors

Attractive opportunities
A Master’s of Science in Applied Informatics will help you advance your career in this growing industry, so you can choose from a wide variety of opportunities, including:

  • Health Information Services Director
  • Health Information Manager
  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Clinical Research Data Coordinator
  • Clinical Information System Application Specialist
  • Implementation Services Project Manager
  • Health Information Supervisor
  • Electronic Health Record Project Coordinator/Specialist

Salaries in the industry are growing, too. At the management level, the median salary for medical health services managers is $86,400 annually.3 At the specialist level, the median salary for informatics specialists is $78,770 annually.4 And at the project management level, the median salary for information technology project managers is $79,930 annually.5 Salary opportunities at the director level can soar even higher.

At Bryan University, we give you a clear pathway to these health informatics management positions, so that you’re ready to make your next career move as soon as you graduate. Learn how we put you on the path.

1 From an independent study by The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), in conjunction with its contractor, the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Both parties conducted a national workforce assessment to identify information about the current and future demand for health information management (HIM) professionals.2(BLS.gov, 2010).3ONet Online, Summary Report for Medical and Health Services Managers, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9111.004 ONet Online, Summary Report for Informatics Nurse Specialists, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1051.015 ONet Online, Summary Report for Information Technology Project Managers, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1099.11
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