Graduates from the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management are armed with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively combine the fundamentals of health care, information technology and data analytics in order to improve patient outcomes and strengthen communities.
The use of informatics in health care has exploded and with that so has the need for professionals to plan, build and manage the health informatics infrastructure. Employment of health informatics professionals is expected to grow twice as fast as employment overall, and three of the five fastest growing job categories between now and 2022 are predicted to revolve around health care and information technology.
Now is the time to pursue a career in health informatics. Policy drivers such as the Affordable Care and HITECH Acts, a focus on patient safety and reducing medical errors, utilization of electronic health records and implementing modern digital technologies across health care, have all contributed to growth in the health informatics field. Tremendous amounts of patient data –“Big Data”—can now be captured and the use of analytics to extract relevant information for use in evidence based medicine and population health is increasingly important.
Undergraduate Major and Minor
Health Information Management Major
This undergraduate degree prepares students to be a critical link between health care providers and their patients by being an expert in managing patient health information and possessing comprehensive knowledge of medical administrative, ethical and legal requirements/standards relating to health care delivery.
Health Informatics and Information Management Minor
Students minoring in health informatics and information management will gain knowledge of legal, administrative, regulatory requirements, and use of health data. Health informatics, clinical and health information technologies, data management, and health care quality will also be explored. The minor is open to all Samford students and is a compliment to any undergraduate major.
Master of Science in Health Informatics
Samford's online Master of Science in health informatics provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to plan, build, analyze and run the digital foundations of modern health care. The degree combines a rigorous set of health informatics courses with the patient-centered values.