Informatics provides an interdisciplinary approach to computing and the interaction of people, information and technology across organizations.
This area of study has grown from the need to understand how computing impacts all aspects of science, industry, government, and social interaction. Studying informatics gives students the opportunity to explore and develop their computing abilities, while benefiting from the breadth of a liberal arts and sciences education.
A major in health science informatics gives students the technical knowledge and skills necessary for today’s competitive healthcare organizations. Students study information systems and the applications of those systems. Course work provides a strong base in healthcare informatics, focusing on:
- systems analysis
- project management
- information systems
- data security
- healthcare ethics and policy
- human anatomy and physiology
View a PDF version of the health science informatics program requirements.
Employers look for information technology professionals with skills in communication and problem solving in addition to computing skills like the analysis of information systems, programming, web development, project management, and more.
There is currently a large need for professionals who can help acquire, manage, and use information to improve health and manage payments. Those in the health science informatics field provide a bridge between clinicians and traditional information technology professionals.
Career opportunities for health science informatics majors include:
- clinical systems analyst
- clinical database specialist
- health information technician
- systems administrator
- database administrator
- data communication analyst
- network administrator
Other programs in informatics
The College also offers majors in
- business informatics,
- web and mobile informatics,
- and a dual major in mathematics and web/mobile informatics,
- as well as a minor in informatics.
To learn more about the major in health science informatics, please contact Mary Jean Blink.