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MS in Healthcare Administration - Health Informatics

MSHCA - Health Informatics
MSHCA - Health Informatics

Prepare to lead in not only one of the fastest growing employment fields – healthcare – but in one of that field’s newest and most exciting areas, health informatics. Earn a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degree with a specialty in health informatics, 100% online from Valparaiso University.

In as little as two years, you can possess the skills to head a department managing healthcare costs while improving patient care and health outcomes.

Health informatics - the science of acquiring, storing, retrieving and using healthcare information to foster better collaboration among a patient's various healthcare providers – needs administrators with the skills to mentor and inspire fellow professionals to achieve consistent excellence. Whether you are coming from a business or a healthcare background, health informatics administration offers excellent career possibilities.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that healthcare employment will grow 19% by 2024, much faster than most other fields. See Student Disclosures page for important information on the job outlook for health informatics specialists.

What You’ll Learn

In addition to a comprehensive understanding of health informatics, Valparaiso’s program also will provide you with the tools necessary to assume leadership of a team of like-minded professionals.

You’ll learn about the issues and challenges healthcare organizations face, including ethical and legal matters, and gain the skills to manage an organization’s projects, finances and information.

You’ll gain knowledge of administrative topics such as:

  • Effective management and leadership skills to address challenges within the healthcare field
  • Government policies of healthcare, including but not limited to community health organizations
  • Trends, including research and best practices in managing information, people and resources
  • Relevant components of project management, including project scope, schedule, and budget management
  • Management of non-profit institutions using popular press books and publications
  • Practical applications of financial management concepts (or lack thereof).
  • Management of critical decision support systems that develop effective knowledge management in healthcare
  • Design and development process of health information exchange
  • Network-integrated decision support tools for medical institutions
  • Potential of e-health delivery.

You’ll also learn the ins and outs of health informatics, including how to manage patient medical data, test financial models, analyze policy and its impact on understanding financial models. You’ll be ready to manage departments or lead a major electronic health records (EHR) team. Students will learn:

  • Terminology, language, definitions, and basic structure of informatics
  • Resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine
  • Solutions to practical problems, including how to manage complex processes of implementing new solutions into organizations
  • Expanded knowledge of basic statistics
  • A variety of statistical tools to analyze data relevant to healthcare organizations
  • How and when to use each of the tools
  • The ability to communicate statistical results in written form
  • How to analyze large sets of data and uncover patterns within the data
  • Mathematical and statistical algorithms that uncover patterns in web, text, speech and regular data
  • How to predict data based on discovered patterns
  • Utilization of technology tools to analyze large sets of data
  • Legal, ethical and public relations implications of data mining

Where Your Degree Can Take You

Your degree will provide you with the qualifications you need to pursue positions such as:

  • Consultant
  • Director of Health Maintenance Organization
  • Regional Manager of Multi-Hospital System
  • Director of Hospital Outpatient Department
  • Director of Family Health Center
  • Community Health Care Organizer
  • Executive Director of Health Systems Agencies
  • Medical Care Administrator
  • Nursing Home Chief Executive Officer
  • Public Health Program Chief
  • Hospice Director

See Student Disclosures page for important information on suggested careers.

Who Should Enroll

If you’re a business or healthcare professional who wants to transition into management, while also immersing yourself in one of the newest and most vital fields in healthcare, a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration: Health Informatics can put you on track to reach your goals.