Health informatics is a rapidly emerging discipline that offers new frontiers requiring innovative leadership. Emerging technology provides an understanding of the value of health informatics and how it can reduce health care costs, increase access and patient safety, and improve the quality of healthcare services. The masters in health informatics from the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at Grand Canyon University can help you use information technology, both hardware, and software, for better decision-making and better patient outcomes.
Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Professional in Health Informatics (CPHI™) certification exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Courses that prepare students for the certification exam focus on:
- Healthcare politics and economics
- Legal and ethical principles in healthcare
- Healthcare research and application
- Analysis of healthcare research
- Healthcare information systems and technology
- Data management
- Electronic health records
- Health data for process improvement, cost containment, and effective healthcare delivery
- The history, application, impact, and future need for informatics in healthcare
Note: The final 16 weeks of this program include a practicum that incorporates a project plan related to a major area of health informatics such as health information management or information systems. The project is grounded in current informatics research and methods.
Why Earn Your MS in Health Informatics at GCU?
The MS in Health Informatics degree program at GCU integrates faith, work, and learning. The curriculum, taught by specialized full-time faculty, introduces GCU’s Christian worldview. It teaches students the moral and ethical obligation of Christian health informatics professionals to respect, and encourage others to respect, the sensitive nature of patient information and their obligation to comply with all regulations, laws and ethical standards for working with health information.
Masters (MS) in Health Informatics Requirements
Students are not required to have a specific undergraduate degree. Any bachelor’s degree is acceptable for this program. For questions about standard admissions requirements into GCU graduate programs, visit the graduate admission page.
What Can I Do with a Masters (MS) in Health Informatics?
Graduates of this program can seek out a variety of career opportunities such as automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training health care workers in the use of computer systems as well as collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care.
Depending on strength and focus, careers include:
- Project manager
- Project designer
- Systems analyst
- Data analyst
- Primary care facilities
- Doctors’ offices
- Insurance companies
- Technology suppliers
- Consulting firms
- Government agencies
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