The University of Scranton Launches Online MS in Health Informatics

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The University of Scranton has launched an online Master of Science in Health Informatics to answer the growing demand for professionals trained to interpret medical data into a meaningful, comprehensive wellness profile for better individual, real-world care.

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Health informatics is critical to the development and implementation of health services and systems. This is especially true for administrative, clinical, financial and managerial operations in the healthcare sector.

The University of Scranton has launched an online Master of Science in Health Informatics to answer the growing demand for professionals trained to interpret medical data into a meaningful, comprehensive wellness profile for better individual, real-world care.

“Health informatics is critical to the development and implementation of health services and systems. This is especially true for administrative, clinical, financial and managerial operations in the healthcare sector,” says Margarete Zalon, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, Program Director of The University of Scranton’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics program. “New models of patient care driven by ongoing healthcare reform are fueling the need for health informatics professionals who can develop, maintain and manage the systems, software and databases relied upon by physicians, nurses and other professional users – and that is exactly what our program prepares our students to do.”

With the increased focus on healthcare reform and the move to electronic medical records, employees with a degree in health informatics will become more important. Yet employers are struggling to fill the open positions; a Burning Glass Technologies analysis of job postings nationwide showed that health informatics jobs remain open longer than many others(1). The good news is having a master’s degree can improve one’s career earning potential. Professionals with a master’s degree in healthcare informatics make an average of $20,000 more annually(2) than those with only a bachelor’s degree.

The interdisciplinary program includes courses from the University’s Panuska College of Professional Studies, the Kania School of Management and the College of Arts and Sciences. The integrative approach to Health Informatics will set students apart from their peers, allowing them to elevate their career while improving patient care.

The University of Scranton’s online MS in Health Informatics is led by experienced faculty. Each faculty member has been carefully chosen based on knowledge of their discipline, their research interest, their commitment to interdisciplinary curriculum, their knowledge, as well as their participation and interest in the future of the healthcare industry. For more information, visit http://elearning.scranton.edu/mshi/ms-health-informatics.

About The University of Scranton
For more than 125 years, The University of Scranton has taught students from a Catholic and then also Jesuit perspective based on ethics and social responsibility, which has shaped the University’s educational environment. The University of Scranton is committed to the unique characteristics that give Jesuit graduates the foundation they need to succeed in their personal, public and professional lives: a maturing of faith, self-knowledge, respect for the dignity of others and themselves, a devotion to justice, a responsibility to serving the poor and a passion for truth, reflection, and lifelong learning.

The University of Scranton is a selective and highly-ranked university, one of just 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. As a comprehensive, coeducational institution, we promote a cooperative and supportive academic environment that focuses attention on educating the whole person. The University of Scranton is dedicated to freedom of inquiry and personal development, which are fundamental to growth in wisdom and integrity for all who participate in our community. To find out more about the online programs offered by The University of Scranton, visit elearning.scranton.edu.

(1)Burning Glass Technologies. Missed Opportunities – The Labor Market in Health Informatics. December 2014. Accessed March 1, 2015 from http://www.burning-glass.com/media/5519/Health_Informatics_2014_FINAL.pdf.

(2)American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). 2012 AHIMA Salary Samples. Accessed March 1, 2015 from http://library.ahima.org/xpedio/groups/public/documents/ahima/bok1_050798.pdf.

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