About Health Informatics
Health Informatics (HI) professionals and researchers manage and interpret health data, information and knowledge through information technology and computational tools, bringing together the worlds of healthcare, information technology, computer science, information science, and business. HI professionals closely examine how information is generated, recorded, processed, used, and disposed. Every facet of the information flow is examined, including devices, standards, terminologies, guidelines, and knowledge management. Every step of the way, HI professionals ask how technology can become smarter and how better practices can help improve quality of care and reduce cost.
One of the challenges facing our health care system today is the communication gap between clinicians and healthcare professionals who are not trained in advanced technology and technology experts who do not understand medicine and the specifics of health care delivery. A Health Informatics degree helps bridge that gap which is especially important now due to federal health care reforms that require providers to better utilize information technology in health care delivery.
To learn more, read "The Health Informatics Program at GMU".
Programs in Health Informatics
- PhD in Health Services Research, concentration in Discovery Science and Health Informatics - provides the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to creatively research complex health and health system issues. The concentration focuses on advanced data analytics and data complexity, as well as information generation, processing, and use for clinical, administrative and research purposes.
- Master of Science in Health Informatics (MS) – provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze, design and support the adoption and use of health information systems and analytic applications for a wide variety of clinical, administrative, and research purposes as well as how to analyze complex healthcare data.
- Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Data Analytics – prepares clinicians and health care managers to develop and manage health information systems, and process and analyze large volumes of complex healthcare data (BIG DATA).and electronic commerce service.
- Bachelor of Science, Health Administration, Health Informatics Concentration – prepares undergraduate students specializing in the use of technology and information in health care settings.
- Undergraduate Minor in Health Information Technology – introduces students to the use of health information management in delivery of health care.
Janusz Wojtusiak, PhD
Coordinator, Health Informatics Program