The graduate-level curriculum in Health Informatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago provides you with a comprehensive, real-world approach to systems integration within the healthcare industry. This dynamic degree program encompasses the broad study of how healthcare data are collected into electronic health records (EHR), as well as how information technology systems are built to effectively house and circulate this data across organizations. In addition to delivering a solid foundation of technical knowledge, the 100 percent online curriculum also covers a wide range of industry-relevant topics, including clinical trends, government regulations and healthcare management best practices.
Upon completing the MSHI program, consisting of 38 credit hours, graduates will have a thorough understanding of the tools and practices used to improve the use of information technology throughout all facets of healthcare (including nursing, pharmacy, clinical care, public health and medical research).
Students have the option of using their electives to earn a concentration in Health Data Science (HDS). This concentration empowers students to become more expert, regardless of their level, by choices they make themselves in a new field that is still developing.
The HDS curriculum will enable students to:
- Work on solutions that support innovation in healthcare
- Learn how to identify key questions to help them define new problems
- Design their own unique solutions
- Develop solutions from initial ideas to completion and implementation
- Build an intellectual toolkit of ideas and tactics that meet new industry demands
- Assemble a portfolio of completed projects in their specific area of interest