Degree type(s): Concentration; Master's
Degree field(s): Business Administration; Business; Project Management; Public Administration
Location(s): Online; Billings, MT; Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.
Health Care Informatics Concentration Overview
To obtain the University of Mary's Health Care Informatics concentration, you will study concepts of nursing science, computer science and information analysis to help strengthen the quality of decisions made by patients, nurses and other health care professionals. Health Care informatics is a specialized, data-driven field, and this concentration prepares and positions health care administration leaders to guide and direct the improvement of health care quality, safety, and efficiency.
Created for busy professionals in health care management, the MBA, MPA, MPM and MS in Business degrees with a concentration in Health Care Informatics offer adaptable, convenient options for earning your Master’s degree while balancing career and personal obligations.
Health Care Informatics Concentration Highlights
Accelerated and convenient
Earn your graduate business degree with a concentration in Health Care Informatics in as little as 15 months in our accelerated evening or online program using state-of-the-art technology. (Check out this demo of Canvas, the online learning platform used by Mary's instructors.) In addition, the entire program can be completed online with no onsite visits needed.
Learn from leaders
Learn and study the theories of health care informatics and how they apply to health care today with leading educators who bring real-world experience to the classroom.
Education based on values and supportGet the support you need to earn your degree with our personal advising and career mentoring services. You will also learn to lead ethically and professionally in an accredited graduate program grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.
Why Choose a Concentration in Health care Informatics?
The career outlook for professionals specializing in the field of health care informatics is very promising.
A report about higher education trends from Gray Associates found a 654% increase in inquiries to health information programs between December 2012 and December 2013. In the field of nursing, Joyce Sensmeier, Vice President of Informatics for Health Care Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), reports that the demand for informatics nurses is outpacing supply.
With the approval of the HITECH Act in 2009 and funding towards adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology, the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT anticipates the creation of 50,000 new health information technology positions within the next five years.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22% increase in employment over the course of the 2008 to 2018 decade. As medical technology improves and the amount of patients increases–due to widening health care services and the rise of the elderly population–more informatics professionals will be necessary.
In addition to Health Care Informatics, graduate students at the University of Mary can choose from the following concentrations:
- Catholic Philanthropy (evening or online MBA, MS, MPA, or MPM)
- Health Care (evening or online MBA, MS, MPA, or MPM)
- Human Resource Management (evening or online MBA, MS, MPA, or MPM)
- Project Management (evening or online MBA, MS, MPA, or MPM)
- Public Administration (evening or online MBA, MS, MPA, or MPM)
- Virtuous Leadership (online MBA, MS, MPA, or MPM)
In addition to completing the core MBA, MPA, MPM or MS in Business degree curriculum of your choice, participants in the health care concentration need to complete the following courses to fulfill the concentration requirements:
- NUR 590 - Principles of Informatics in Health Care Professions
- NUR 594 - Ethics and Informatics
- NUR 660 - The Human Technology Interface
- NUR 667 - Applied Clinical Informatics in Patient Centered Care