Why Health Informatics?

by Oct 30, 2016Health Informatics Resources0 comments

Health Informatics lives at the intersection of health and technology. Health Informatics professionals work to improve healthcare delivery through the integration of data and patient care –  in order to achieve better patient outcomes.

How would you define Health Informatics?

Health Informatics has also been referred to as healthcare informatics, medical informatics, nursing informatics, clinical informatics, biomedical informatics, health IT, and data science, among others. Whatever you call it, Health Informatics is a field that ties together multiple disciplines and uses technology and data to improve healthcare outcomes. The disciplines involved include information science, computer science, social science, behavioral science, and management science. Specialists in the the field of Health Informatics deal with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, interpretation, and use of information in health and biomedicine.

Where IT meets health: improving wellness through information

If you’re interested in advancing your healthcare career, and you like the idea of making healthcare better using data and technology, a degree in Health Informatics is worth exploring.  The Health Informatics program at UNE teaches you to apply new and innovative healthcare technology and data in a meaningful way to achieve better healthcare outcomes.

Why do people get advanced degrees in health informatics?

The number one reason for pursuing an advanced degree is for career advancement. The health informatics sector has grown so quickly, mostly because of stimulus money, that many people jumped right in and started working in the industry with no degree or official qualifications.

Professionals that have been in the informatics field for years are now finding that they’re required to get a degree in order to qualify for next level positions. And higher level positions command a higher salary – a great incentive to get your Master’s or Certificate.

Healthcare professionals also consider changing jobs within the healthcare field as another way to earn a higher salary. With Health Informatics as the 9th fastest growing healthcare sector, there is a lot of projected demand for skilled professionals in a very stable industry. Which is the perfect opportunity to change careers altogether!

Who is Pursuing a Master’s Degree or Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics?

  • Working professionals with healthcare experience including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and health educators.
    • Clinicians are a natural fit in the health informatics industry because their clinical knowledge guides interpretation of data. It’s a natural extension of what they already do.
    • We have also found that medical school students who are on a leave of absence perform very well in our program.
  • Working professionals with information technology experience, including network architects, computer systems analysts, network administrators, and database administrators.
    • Essentially, IT professionals who’d like to expand their skill set and become more marketable to the healthcare industry.
  • Professionals interested in changing careers.
  • People already working in the health informatics field who have real world experience, but need a graduate degree or certificate to advance on up the career ladder.

Why an Advanced Degree in Health Informatics?

Excellent return on investment

Graduates with a Master’s in Health Informatics make on average $20,000 more per year than professionals with just a four year degree. Two years of study to get an average salary bump of $20,000 is a good return on investment. And Health Informatics is a growing and stable field.

As a society, we are leaning more and more on information technology and data, which is creating new education and career paths in Health Informatics all the time. Now is the very best time to blend your healthcare skills, IT skills and leadership skills into a powerful new career.

Ready to Begin or Advance Your Career in Health Informatics?

Your first step is to apply to the program today. It’s an online application, so there’s not even a stamp or a visit to the post office to contend with.

UNE has a Rolling Admissions policy for Health Informatics degree programs, with three start dates each year (summer, fall and spring semesters). UNE Online processes applications and accepts students as we receive applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as you’re able. Class sizes are kept purposefully small, and they do fill up. Read more about what Rolling Admissions means for online graduate students.

Health Informatics Degree Options at UNE

Bachelor of Science:

  • 120 competencies (equivalent to 60 traditional credit hours)
  • Complete in as few as 2 years
  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • Completely customizable – set your own pace and define your assignment deadlines
  • Dynamic faculty of practitioners, researchers, and educators
  • Fully accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)

Master of Science:

  • 36 credit hour program
  • Complete as few as 2 years
  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • No GRE required
  • Dynamic faculty of practitioners, researchers, and educators
  • Fully accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)

Graduate Certificate:

  • 18 credit hour program
  • Complete in as few as 12 months
  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • No GRE required
  • Dynamic faculty of practitioners, researchers, and educators
  • Fully accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)

Where are classes held?

All classes are 100% online. Log into your courses from anywhere in the world that has internet. You’ll be using Blackboard Learn as your LMS (Learning Management System) and you’ll have a full walk through and orientation before you begin your course, to get you comfortable with the format. Your orientation with your dedicated Student Support Specialist is all done remotely too, and is flexibly scheduled for when it’s convenient for you.


If you’d like to know more about the Admissions process, or if you’d like a PDF download of the program details (beautifully designed of course), get in touch!  We have specific support staff available M-F 8:30-5:00 EST and dedicated to the Informatics programs, so you won’t be bounced around.  Call (855) 325-0895 or email informatics@une.edu for more information.