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Health Data Informatics and Analytics (Master's)

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Be at the forefront of the healthcare industry, equipped with the technical and leadership skills needed to thrive in the fastest growing field: informatics.

Leverage data analytics methods and informatics tools within the growing healthcare industry by tapping into the unique perspectives of the patients, providers, payers, and population. In the Health Data Informatics and Analytics master’s concentration, you’ll gain insight to generating, retrieving, and reporting data, then turn that data into insights using informatics tools. The data visualizations you create will contribute to solving the major healthcare challenges of our time.

In addition to the healthcare analytics and informatics knowledge you’ll develop, you can also expect to learn the leadership and management skills needed to thrive in a collaborative environment. You’ll play a critical role in managing, collaborating, and communicating across the healthcare system. You’ll learn to:

• Generate, retrieve, and analyze data
• Appraise and use healthcare informatics tools
• Articulate how regulations and biostatistics influence data
• Evaluate the impact of data governance and ethical implications
• Design healthcare informatics and analytics-based projects
• Develop actionable implementation and assessment plans

Work through the process of transforming data into information and knowledge, then insight through the Health Data Informatics and Analytics concentration. Produce deliverables in every course that can be built into your portfolio to impress future employers.

To learn more about the Healthcare Leadership degree, visit the program overview page.

Required Courses

MS in Healthcare Leadership with a concentration in Health Data Informatics and Analytics requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs

Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.

Concentration courses - 24 qtr. hrs

Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Elective courses - 4 qtr. hrs

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Healthcare Leadership programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Popular electives for students pursuing Healthcare Leadership programs include:

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Careers in Health Data Informatics and Analytics

Clinical Manager, Data Architect, Clinical Information Manager, Medical Director, Software Development Engineer, Program Director, Clinical Instructor, Director of Billing, Compliance Quality Specialist, Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Informatics Officer, Data Analyst, Health Informatics Director

Use analytics methods to retrieve data, leverage informatics tools to develop insight to data, create data visualizations, communicate data insights, develop data governance and policies, collaborate across teams, departments, and organizations, implement new processes and reporting systems.

Informatics is the fastest growing field within the healthcare industry, according to Health Economics. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also projects employment in health informatics will grow nearly 17% from 2014-2024, much faster than other professions. While many have the analytical skills to retrieve data, few have the interpretation skills to turn that data into actionable insights. To enhance business or healthcare performance and reduce extraneous costs, professionals in this field need both the analytics and informatics skills to make an impact. Expected salaries for graduates range from $85,000 to $125,000.

Careers In Healthcare Leadership

Where need meets desire.
According to Explore Health Careers, a perfect storm is brewing for aspiring healthcare professionals, administrators, and managers as the number of patients with age-related health needs increases along with the number of health professionals retiring from the field in conjunction with emerging technologies changing the way we live and die, healthcare is the field to be in. Driven by major policy changes in the healthcare insurance industry related to access, transparency and relevance, job opportunities in clinics and outpatient care sites will increase dramatically in both urban and rural areas. Opportunities for medical and health services specialists are projected to grow by 16% through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, 25% of all new jobs created in the next several years will be related to the healthcare industry.

Technology transforms!
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.-rare and welcomed bright spot in the job market, according to a report. Leadership roles are crucial in this period of change as healthcare policies and regulatory systems continue to evolve at the national level, as well as the cutting-edge technologies being made available to the public. Employment for medical records and health information technology professionals is expected to grow 20% within the next decade, much faster than the average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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