New Graduate Program in Healthcare Informatics Provides Skills for Growing Field

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March 22, 2023

As the world of health care continues to evolve, so too does the technology that presently serves as its framework. St. John’s University’s new Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics seeks to educate individuals who are passionate about entering this growing field where healthcare and information technology converge.

“The demand for healthcare informatics professionals is skyrocketing,” explained program coordinator, Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Mathematics and Science, The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies. “With advances in technology and the increasing importance of data-driven decision making in health care, there is a critical need for professionals with expertise in this field.”

An emerging field, Healthcare Informatics is the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care. It provides individuals and organizations with the tools and techniques necessary to collect, analyze, and leverage healthcare data to improve patient outcomes.

“Data is available everywhere—but how do you analyze it? And what are the necessary skills? Our new program is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in this rapidly growing field,” Dr. Bukhari said. “While the program is attracting people who are currently employed in the healthcare and information technology sectors, it is also drawing interest from those without any related background.”

Classes are forming now and will commence this fall. You can earn your master’s degree in as few as 18 months, while most can expect to complete the program in two years.

Since the program is offered entirely online, you can work at your own pace and convenience, making it possible to balance professional and family commitments with education. The online nature of the coursework also means that you can learn from any place around the globe; as such, international students are encouraged to apply.

“Online education is preferred by many individuals for various reasons, and this program allows for flexibility and self-paced learning,” said Dr. Bukhari. “Since many of the courses are delivered asynchronously, it is an attractive option for those working full time.”  

The need for healthcare informatics professionals is rising across the sector, and those with advanced degrees in the field are sought by clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, private physician offices, and technology businesses—organizations that rely on electronic medical records and technologies that employ vast amounts of data. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for healthcare informatics professionals will grow by 13 percent through 2026, placing it among the fastest-growing career fields.