SNHU Launches Health Informatics Degree for High-Growth Career Field

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Southern New Hampshire University’s new online degree in Health Informatics prepares graduates to meet explosive demand for health informatics professionals.

Healthcare informatics will help design and collect the data needed to drive decision making.

Healthcare information management is playing a growing role in the transition to a more effective and efficient healthcare system. Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to invest in the rapid implementation of electronic health records are accelerating the demand for healthcare professionals with a background in healthcare informatics.

The new online bachelor’s degree in Health Informatics at Southern New Hampshire University prepares graduates for this growing career field. The Health Informatics degree combines studies in healthcare with information technology and business, enabling graduates to utilize health information as an important decision-making tool.

“There is a shift in healthcare from a focus on individual health issues to looking at population-based health,” says Dr. Kathleen Polley-Payne, RN, MS, PNP, associate dean of nursing and chief nursing administrator at SNHU. “There are special skills needed to learn about disease groups and how they are coded to create aggregate data. Healthcare informatics will help design and collect the data needed to drive decision making.”

The Health Informatics degree curriculum at Southern New Hampshire University is based on principles established by the American Health Information Management Association and is unique in its focus on both healthcare information systems and business studies. Course work focuses on how to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in healthcare settings, with the goal of improving patient outcomes.

Graduates of the Health Informatics degree program at SNHU will understand healthcare informatics applications and systems, including the technology needed to ensure efficient operation. Students learn how to successfully use current healthcare informatics systems and how to create, maintain and securely disseminate electronic information and data.

“There are many online programs to choose from,” says Polley-Payne. “What gives SNHU an edge is its commitment to a successful student experience, without compromising academic quality.”

Job growth in healthcare informatics is expected to increase 16 percent over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graduates with a degree in health informatics might be employed in positions such as health information manager, clinical information specialist, database administrator, and medical records and health information specialist.

Visit the Southern New Hampshire University website for more information on the online degree in health informatics.


About SNHU
Southern New Hampshire University is a not-for-profit, regionally accredited university with an 80-year history of educating successful professionals. SNHU has a total enrollment of more than 13,000 students in more than 150 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, available online, at our main campus in Manchester, N.H., and at our regional centers in New Hampshire and Maine.

SNHU was the only university to make Fast Company’s 2012 list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies and is the proud recipient of several awards, including’s Best Buy award, Best of Business Awards for Best Online Degree and Best MBA, and G.I. Jobs’ Military Friendly Schools designation.

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