Transforming the Healthcare Industry
Health informatics is a dynamic field that requires in-depth knowledge about how the application of technology can improve patient care and outcomes.
The University of Illinois at Chicago recognizes this rapidly changing industry and offers full-length degrees along with specialized certifications to meet the needs of current and future health informatics professionals.
- Master of Science in Health Informatics
- Health Data Science
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics Fundamentals
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Data Science Informatics
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership in Health Informatics
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Mobile Health Informatics
- Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics
Program features include
- 100% online to fit your busy schedule
- No GRE exam required
- Learn advanced skills in a growing industry
- Designed for students from a variety of backgrounds
Complete your MSHI degree in as few as two years, your PBC HI in one year, or your PMC HI degree in as few as 18 months. Explore how you can effectively deliver medical information to doctors and nurses, and help drive data-informed decisions in the healthcare field.
- Improve patient outcomes
- Develop and facilitate various medical records systems
- Interpret complex data to support patient care decisions
Health Informatics at UIC
There is a growing need for trained informaticists. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare will produce more new IT jobs through 2020 than any other industry, with a projected increase of 21%.
Graduates of the UIC health informatics program are well-equipped to move into a career in this field, whether the focus is on computers, technology and implementation, or clinical and medical data research and analysis. UIC encompasses all of the major areas, enabling graduates to qualify for a broader range of informatics positions.
The Numbers Behind UIC’s MSHI Graduates
96% said their academic experience met their expectations
85% said they are currently working in the field of choice
72% said the degree helped them advance in the field
83% earn more than $75,000 a year
59% said they received a salary increase after they completed the program
PBC HI Courses
We used our Master of Science in Health Informatics program curriculum to build the foundation for each health informatics certificate. . They’re specifically designed for self-motivated, experienced healthcare or IT professionals who have earned their bachelor’s degree in a related field. Our health informatics certificates can strengthen your ability to approach data differently and use technology to support insight-driven decisions in a variety of healthcare settings.
Completion of the health informatics fundamentals, leadership in health informatics, health data science informatics, and mobile health informatics certificates signifies that graduates are competent and have developed the knowledge and skills defined in the learning objectives.
Coursework emphasizes the development of relevant, in-demand skills grounded in healthcare information sciences based on current industry expectations.View PBC HI Curriculum
PMC HI Courses
The online Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics at UIC draws from the popular curriculum of our distinguished Master of Science in Health Informatics program. It serves as the perfect complement to your existing master’s degree, and it is designed to expand your educational background to help launch or advance your career in the dynamic field of health informatics. With only nine courses and 24 credit hours offered 100 percent online, this certificate is easily attainable. It provides a thorough study of how data and technology can be used to enhance patient care and create improved, more resourceful healthcare information systems.
Gainful Employment Disclosure for Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics.View PMC HI Curriculum
Frequently asked questions and answers about UIC’s health informatics programs.
1. What is the length of program and cost?
The average student completes the MSHI program in about 2 to 2 ½ years; however, you have up to six years to complete once you have started. The average student completes the PMC HI program in about 18 months; however, you have up to three years to complete once you have started. The current tuition is $750 per credit. Required MSHI credits are 38 to 42. Required PMC HI credits are 24 to 29.
2. What kind of jobs can I expect to be out there when I graduate?
Our graduates currently serve in roles such as Director of Clinical Operations, Clinical Data Analyst, Nurse Informatist, Pharmacy Informatics Specialist, EMR Trainer and Healthcare Application Analyst.
3. What salary can they expect?
The most accurate national information can obtained from current job postings (healthcare IT recruiters like healthcareitcentral.com, the HIMSS.org JobMine, etc. and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but recently surveyed UIC grads had salary ranges between $75,000 and $150,000 per year.
4. What are our program graduates doing now and what are their salaries – did they get an increase in pay?
Recently surveyed UIC grads had salary ranges between $75,000 and $150,000 per year, and 64 percent of them indicated that they received a salary increase after completing the MSHI program. Some current job titles include those mentioned above, as well as Chief Medical Information Officer, Senior Director of Technology, Director of Regional Health IT and Director of Commercial Managed Care.
5. Are there scholarships, financial aid or other ways to fund my education?
Most of our students are able to fully fund the program using federal financial aid in the form of graduate student loans. There are two scholarship opportunities that provide some supplemental assistance to those who qualify after having been in the program for a number of credit hours.
6. What are the online course expectations?
The program is asynchronous with the primary assignments being discussion posts, group and individual projects, “minute papers” and some occasional tests and quizzes. The average student spends 25-30 hours per week on a 3- or 4-credit hour class. Students are not required to log in at any particular time of day, for any length of time, or for a certain number of times, but our most successful students log in daily.
7. With this program, am I going to get a certification in informatics?
There is currently no general certification for informatics. This is a relatively young field with most recognizing its emergence as an organized profession in the 1980s and is a very broad field requiring a hybrid knowledge base (clinical, technical, business). As such, there is no credentialing exam at this point.
8. What credential is associated with health informatics?
There is currently no credential associated with informatics. The credential associated with this program would be the MS in HI or PMC in HI.
9. Is the Post-Master’s Certificate still looked at the same way as a degree?
Yes, it is a complement your existing degree(s). Our applicants to the PMC in HI already have excellent work backgrounds and advanced degrees. The PMC in HI is a way to add formal training and graduate education in informatics from a top-tier research institution to your resume or CV.
10. Do I need the GRE?
11. Is it 100% online?
Yes. There is a practicum toward the end of the program that is completed at a facility in your area, but all the coursework is online.
12. Why should I choose UIC over another school?
The University of Illinois at Chicago delivers some of the most innovative and comprehensive Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs in the country. We offer a full suite of healthcare IT degrees 100 percent online. Designed to provide a transformative learning experience that combines academic theory with real-world application, these dynamic programs impart the technical knowledge and professional acumen necessary to help you successfully navigate today’s increasingly complex electronic health environment. Whether you’re new to the field or an established practitioner, our advanced degree and certificate programs can prepare you to make an immediate impact within your organization and play a vital role in the evolution of the healthcare industry as a whole.
13. Why can’t I complete the MSHI in 18 months? Many competitors are now offering accelerated programs.
Many competitors are now offering accelerated programs. The MS in HI is an investment in the student’s future and requires a commitment to quality; students in the MS in HI program spend 25-30 hours per week on their coursework. Accelerating the program would increase the time commitment. Additionally, many of our applicants are seasoned professionals who actually prefer to take a little longer to finish the program (you have up to 6 years) in order to better balance work/life/school commitments.