Healthcare Informatics, Bachelor of Science
As the healthcare industry expands its use of technology to improve efficiency and quality in delivering patient information, the demand for healthcare information technology specialists is surging.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that employment in the healthcare sector — comprising nearly one-sixth of the U.S. economy — will increase by 20 percent over the next eight years. Demand will be strongest in hospitals, medical offices, insurance and technology consulting firms.
Combining computer science and healthcare expertise, informaticians organize electronic medical record systems, create and work with healthcare information management software such as clinical decision support systems, pharmacy systems, and radiology systems.
You can prepare for these opportunities through the 126-credit Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Informatics at St. John’s. Offered by the College of Professional Studies, the program is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of healthcare and computer science — opening up multiple career paths for graduates.
Committed to a tradition of offering programs that prepare students for success in emerging and changing careers, St. John’s is one of the first New York area colleges and universities to offer a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Informatics.
Reflecting the University’s Vincentian and Catholic values, the program places emphasis on providing quality, cost-effective healthcare for marginalized populations. Benefiting from St. John’s metropolitan commitment, Healthcare Informatics majors have access to invaluable internship opportunities at leading New York-area leading hospitals and other medical providers.
Students who earn their B.S. in Healthcare Informatics will be prepared to
- Gain entry into computer-science and healthcare-related occupations including healthcare software engineering, healthcare technology support and healthcare admissions
- Use specialized information technology tools to enhance healthcare delivery systems
- Gain employment in hospitals, IT consulting and insurance companies, public health agencies and medical software companies
- Pursue graduate studies in healthcare informatics
Global Approach to Education
Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location.
Students majoring in Healthcare Informatics at St. John's learn from a widely respected faculty of scholar-practitioners with extensive experience and professional contacts in the healthcare industry throughout New York City and across the country.
Under the guidance and mentoring of our faculty, students gain the knowledge, skills and experience to respond to the pressing national goal of improving the efficiency, quality and accessibility of our national health care system.
As a metropolitan university committed to Vincentian and Catholic values, St. John’s has forged strategic partnerships with leading healthcare providers throughout the New York area. These relationships make it possible for Healthcare Informatics majors to network professionally and to be awarded internships giving them invaluable real-life experience.
St. John's offers outstanding facilities for learning the technology vital to our contemporary healthcare system. For example, St. Albert Hall contains recently renovated, ultramodern science labs. St. John's 40,000-square-foot Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Health Education Resource Center features modern classrooms and laboratories as well as a library of more than 700 books on topics ranging from accreditation standards to world health.
Students also gain an academic and professional edge by joining any of St. John's more than 180 student clubs and organizations. Clubs that may be of special interest to Healthcare Informatics majors include these:
- American College of Healthcare Executives (Student ACHE)
- Watson Pre-Health Society
- Roger Bacon Scientific Honor Society: For biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, psychology or environmental studies.
Healthcare Informatics majors also may apply to a variety of honor societies, including The College of Professional Studies Honor Society, which recognizes undergraduates for academic excellence and demonstrable involvement in their churches and communities.
Of course, students also benefit from outstanding University-wide facilities and resources for which St. John's is widely known.
Facilities include high-tech classrooms, up-to-date computer and science laboratories and a 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our new D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café.
Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.