UIC offers the following suite of Health Informatics & Health Information Management Programs:
- Master of Science in Health Informatics
- Post-Masters Certificate in Health Informatics
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (RHIA)
- Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
Each of these degree options have the ability to advance a students career, help them transform the use of health care information, and improve the quality of patient care.
Experience the Difference of the Industry’s Premier Program
- Recognized – the nation’s largest health informatics program
- Experienced – nationally recognized, industry experienced faculty
- Connected – elite network of classmates and alumni at the forefront of the industry
- CAHIIM Accredited– the first master-level health informatics program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management education (CAHIIM)
- Flexible – enables multidisciplinary communication among students where expertise may be expanded to include the attitudes/perceptions of professions outside health IT
Tailored to You – The Future of Health Care Technology
- Strong industry connections for resources and employment
- No GRE required
- Flexible online schedule
Health Informatics Degrees
The UIC Health Informatics degree program is designed to take a comprehensive look at the integration of information technology into all aspects of the patient health experience, including clinical care, nursing, pharmacy and billing. Our program focuses on the implementation and optimization of the information systems that support clinical practice, and the infrastructure that connects and enables the flow of critical information at each touch point in a patient’s care.
The continuum of our online health informatics degree programs enables professionals from various backgrounds to acquire the skills necessary to transition into a wide variety of health informatics roles.
Our flagship Master of Science in Health Informatics degree incorporates the latest ideas and technology taken directly from the industry, and is designed to develop the leadership and change-management skills needed to take on management-level information technology roles within the health care industry. The Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics draw from the curriculum of the master’s program and represent a prestigious credential indicative of advanced, current knowledge in the health informatics field.
Masters in Health Informatics
The online Master of Science in Health Informatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago is an advanced education designed to help you affect change and generate organizational consensus from a position of leadership. Built on the MBA/Business School model, the UIC Health Informatics program is based in real world experience and practical skill application. Discover how to gain the knowledge you’ll need to improve access to health data, define new standards in health care information technology, and advance the overall delivery of quality patient care around the world.
Advance Your Knowledge of Informatics
When you earn your master’s degree in health informatics at UIC you have the opportunity to gain insight into the resources and methods required to optimize the use of information technology in the areas of nursing, clinical care, pharmacy, public health and medical research. Examine the use and application of health care data and learn how it’s collected into Electronic Health Records (EHR). Examine health care information systems to discover how current information technology systems are used and implemented in health care organizations.
During this master’s degree you can gain perspective on the dynamic role health information technology will play in the future of medical practice, nursing, and the healthcare industry as a whole. It’s a comprehensive online Master of Science in Health Informatics, and it’s delivered by the nation’s premier program.
Our MSHI Students have a Diverse Background
Health informatics is the convergence of information science, computer science and health care, and as a result of this union, students enrolled at UIC come from a diverse range of backgrounds including careers as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical and lab technicians, as well as IT professionals, systems analysts, and database and networking administrators. Our graduates are poised to lead organizations as they develop and implement clear health informatics strategies to improve patient care and ensure access to information.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management
The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management program was designed so that students examine the role of health information management and learn how health care data is collected and stored in electronic health records (EHRs), develop leadership and management skills, perform system analysis of the different types of health information systems, and study legal, privacy and security risks involved with HIM and electronic medical records.
Graduates of UIC’s online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in HIM will be eligible to sit for the highly valued Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification, and the program proudly enjoys an excellent pass rate on the RHIA Certification Exam offered though AHIMA.
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management.
The new online health information management degree program at UIC is a new delivery option of our traditional bachelor’s program, which was first offered on campus in 1965. As with the traditional course of study, the online HIM program will deliver high quality education infused with the ethical standards of the HIM industry and strong student involvement within the profession. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Health Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Prepare for the RHIA Exam
UIC’s HIM programs were designed to prepare graduates to take the prestigious Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam. The HIM programs provide skilled instruction in the management and use of information and information systems for health care planning and provision, resource allocation, and executive decision-making.
100% of graduating UIC Health Information Management students received “satisfactory” ratings or above from employers as surveyed one year following graduation. Employer comments regarding the strengths of our graduates include: “Able to think critically, problem solver.” “Solid knowledge of HIM domains. Collaborates well with colleagues.”
What is Health Informatics?
Across the world, the convergence of patient data, computer science applications, and the expertise of health professionals, has created a movement geared towards providing higher quality patient care through better management and availability of information. This is the world of health informatics, and in every hospital, clinician’s office, acute and sub-acute care facility, and health-related organization, health informatics has taken on an increasingly important role.
At UIC, we view health informatics as the underlying science fusing together the worlds of health care, information technology and business. Health informatics has become an integral aspect of the patient health care experience, and it plays a significant role in clinical care, nursing, pharmacy, telemedicine, finance/accounting, patient billing, insurance and reimbursement, and more.
Not only does health informatics focus on the implementation and optimization of the information systems that support clinical practice, it forms the communication infrastructure that connects and enables the flow of critical information to and from each of the stakeholders involved in the delivery of care. This is the science that allows for seamless access and control of patient medical records, laboratory results, medications and their administration, staffing, scheduling, supplies, inventory management, and a variety of other essential clinical and business functions.
While some professionals choose to enter the field at the macro-level, developing informatics strategies for hospitals, health entities, or entire health systems, others choose to focus on an area of specialty, such as fulfilling the information technology needs of nurses or pharmacists. It’s this diversity that has created a demand for professionals across the field of health informatics, as well as in the sub-disciplines that comprise it: medical informatics, nursing informatics, pharmacy informatics, clinical informatics, public health informatics, health IT and Health Information Management (HIM).
The University of Illinois at Chicago offers degree programs that allow those interested in the field of health informatics to expand or make a successful transition into this dynamic industry. Our flagship Master of Science in Health Informatics program, along with our Post-Master certificate programs, provide access to all levels of the health informatics field.