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Medical Informatics Degrees

Today, many organizations are in need of qualified health informatics professionals. Once physicians complete the University of Illinois Health Informatics degree program, they have the opportunity to qualify for many different types of positions at a wide variety of organizations, within hospitals and other health care providers, public health organizations, research laboratories, medical software firms, insurance agencies, pharmaceutical companies and education institutions.

Experience the Industry’s Premier Informatics Program

  • CAHIIM Accredited– the first master-level health informatics program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management education (CAHIIM)
  • 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
  • Flexible – enables multidisciplinary communication among students where expertise may be expanded to include the attitudes/perceptions of professions outside health IT

The UIC health informatics degree program encompasses all of the health informatics sub-disciplines, including medical informatics, allowing physicians, and other medical professionals such as physicians to complement their medical training with a comprehensive informatics education.

Our Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program can equip you to lead the planning, implementation and optimization of health information systems for major health organizations. Our Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics is perfect for physicians and other medical professionals who already hold a graduate-level degree, and are interested in pursuing a career in Medical Informatics.

Why I Chose UIC

“When I was a child, my mother would ask me ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ My reply was always ‘I want to be a doctor, because I want to help people get better!’ My work is hard but extremely rewarding. And though I love my job, I want to do more for my patients and my practice. As a result, I’m looking to broaden my impact as a doctor and help develop technologies that will improve the quality of the care that we provide to our patients.”

Medical Informatics & the Field of Healthcare

As the health care IT field continues to experience an explosion of growth, health care providers have invested substantial financial resources in information technology (IT) initiatives including advanced clinical systems, electronic health records and systems to address patient safety and quality. In order for these technologies to be as effective and efficient as possible, a physician’s clinical insight is needed and highly valued by organizations. Because of your clinical background and medical expertise, you are the ideal candidate for the unique jobs being created to fill this critical need in the health care sector. Through your experience and knowledge, you are sensitive to the concerns of the clinical staff and can be a liaison between the clinicians and the information technology department in addressing physician automation issues.

As a talented and experienced health care giver, there are numerous unique career paths available to you in the health care industry. The health informatics program at the University of Illinois at Chicago can prepare you to pursue any of those career opportunities and implement information systems that enhance the quality of care provided throughout the health system.

Choose the Degree that’s right for you

Our Master of Science in Health Informatics can equip you to lead the planning, implementation, and optimization of health information systems for major health organizations. This 14 course master’s degree program is designed to groom the leaders in the transformation of health care information technology.

Our Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics graduates have the potential to become highly proficient in the creation, operation and optimization of health information systems. This seven course graduate-level certificate program is perfect for physicians and those who already hold a graduate-level degree.

Medical Informatics Jobs

One of the advantages of earning your master’s degree or certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago is that you can qualify for many different types of positions at a wide variety of organizations. Our health informatics program is designed to not only focus on the implementation and optimization of the information systems that support clinical practice, but it works to create the infrastructure that connects and enables the flow of critical information to and from each of the stakeholders in a patient’s care.

It is comprehensive enough to complement the skills of those with a medical background, while also preparing those from a non-medical background to make the transition into a new exciting medical informatics career. As a result, you can find opportunities within hospitals and other health care providers, public health organizations, research laboratories, medical software firms, insurance agencies, pharmaceutical companies and education institutions.

Many physicians are choosing to pursue a role such as chief medical officer with a large Integrated Delivery System (IDS), while others are becoming physician executives with health care IT vendors or consulting firms. Whichever path you choose, UIC’s objective is to help you find your way into a fulfilling career doing what you love – providing quality care to the patients you serve.

What is Medical Informatics?

Numerous relationships that affect the level of care a patient receives exist in our healthcare society.  None may be more important than the relationship between a patient and their physician. As physicians continually strive to improve the level of quality they provide, the need for more targeted and precise patient data grows.  Medical Informatics is delivering that data.

Medical informatics is the sub-discipline of health informatics that directly impacts the patient – physician relationship.  It focuses on the information technology that enables the effective collection of data using technology tools to develop medical knowledge and to facilitate the delivery of patient medical care.  The goal of medical informatics is to ensure access to critical patient medical information at the precise time and place it is needed to make medical decisions.  Medical informatics also focuses on the management of medical data for research and education.

Many physicians and other clinicians join the UIC health informatics program to expand their knowledge and/or make the transition into the field of medical informatics.  Our Post-Master Certificate in Health Informatics is a shortened version of our full master of science degree curriculum and is perfectly suited to complement the existing education of physicians and other clinicians who already hold an advanced degree.

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