Online Health Informatics Master’s Degree


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Health informatics professionals work to improve the technology used in health care systems to more effectively and efficiently deliver health care. By utilizing existing technology and implementing new tools, such as electronic medical records, health informatics professionals improve patient care and health outcomes.

An online master’s degree in health informatics will train students in information technology and provide a basic understanding of business and clinical processes. This online degree program is ideal for seasoned health care professionals looking to advance or for information technology employees interested in transitioning to the health care industry.

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Course Work

Example courses
The American health care system
The business of health care informatics
Biomedical sciences and health information technology
Information systems analysis and design
Strategic management and leadership in health care

Students earning a health informatics master's degree should expect a course load that is heavy on information technology and health informatics. Upon completion, students will be able to complete tasks such as managing databases or integrating electronic medical records with patient care.

Example courses include database design, emerging technologies in health care and data management in health care.

Although not required, a background in health care or information technology is helpful.

Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Clinical data analyst $55,000
Compliance officer $58,000
Application analyst $63,000
Health information management director $66,000
Information technology consultant $74,000
Clinical informatics manager $95,000
Chief information officer $154,000


Government mandates have required health care providers to adopt electronic health records technology, causing a high demand for professionals with relevant skills. A 2012 survey by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute found that 70 percent of health insurers, 48 percent of hospitals and 39 percent of pharmaceutical and life sciences companies plan to increase hiring of technical informatics professionals over the next two years.

Median salaries range from about $55,000 for clinical data analysts to about $95,000 for clinical informatics managers. Professionals who reach executive positions can make more than $154,000 yearly, according to PayScale, an online salary database.

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