Data is revolutionizing the health care field and improving public health worldwide. What was once a paper-driven industry has evolved into a digital realm, enabling health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, analysts, programmers and administrators, to use data to improve public health and patient outcomes.
As a HealthInformatics@GW student, you will develop the skills needed to analyze the massive amount of data that is being collected through electronic medical records, wearable technologies, smartphones and other digital applications. You will learn how to translate data and use it to effectively lead teams that will change the health care landscape.
Health informatics is a combination of health information technology (HIT) and health information management (HIM).
Health Information Technology
Focuses on the tools and technology needed in the health care field, including hardware, software, security, data storage and programming tools.
Blends HIT and HIM to help solve and prevent public health challenges.
Health Information Management
Focuses on the systems used to manage health information, including policy, coding, records, documentation and compliance systems.
HealthInformatics@GW is the online Master of Science (M.S.) in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the nation’s best graduate schools in public health.
The degree can be completed in as little as 24 months and is designed for professionals with a minimum of three years of relevant work experience in one of any of the following fields: health care, data analysis or IT.
GW’s online health informatics program enables you to earn your M.S. in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics from a top-ranked school of public health without having to relocate. As a working professional, your time is precious, and our innovative online platform allows you to attend live, face-to-face classes from anywhere and complete weekly, self-paced course work on your own schedule. You will discuss case studies and current health care issues in an intimate, boardroom-like setting with like-minded professionals.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health care occupations is expected to grow 19 percent by 2024 and the field will add more jobs than any other group of occupations.
Bar chart shows percentage of expected job growth by 2024 for several occupational fields. 23% Healthcare Support, 16% Health Practitioners and Technical, 13% Computer and Mathematical, 10% Community and Social Service, 8% Business and Financial Operations, 5% Legal, 3% Architecture and Engineering; -6% Farming, Fishing and Forestry.
Jobs in high demand include IT managers, analysts, systems analysts and project managers. Some other examples of career paths for health informatics specialists include:
Health information technology specialist/manager
Health information technology implementation specialist
Clinical application support manager
Health information technology project manager
Medical information officer
“In today’s health care industry, everything revolves around data. Whether you are a nurse, physician, analyst or health care consultant, you must be able to understand how technology and data drive patient satisfaction and support optimal health care delivery.”
— SAM HANNA, HealthInformatics@GW Program Director