The School of Allied Health at Hodges University announced today that it will begin offering a graduate certificate in Health Informatics beginning with the fall 2014 term. The new program is in addition to several healthcare-related disciplines offered at the institution.
Health informatics is the applied research and practice of managing, analyzing, interpreting and transforming data to assist in providing clinicians, administrators and consumers in the improvement of quality of care, access to care and reduction of costs.
“Healthcare today requires administrators and managers who can talk the talk with IT folks as well as surgeons,” said Dr. Carlene Harrison, Dean of the School of Allied Health. “Through the emerging field of health informatics, computer science and knowledge management are brought together into day-to-day patient care.
“Health informatics looks not just at the information produced in a database, but making it meaningful for a variety of users for a variety of purposes—everything from social media applications to huge databases. The end result is a better focus on improving quality, providing access and reducing cost.”
The Hodges program has been designed for those with an undergraduate or graduate degree in a clinical area who seek knowledge of health informatics principles, methods, and applications. Students enrolled in the program will complete a total of five courses that will lead to the certificate.
Dr. Harrison points to workforce findings of the growing need for skilled labor in the field of health informatics. “The demand for health services continues to increase as the population ages. Several sources of data suggest increases from 10% to 37% over the next ten years in the field,” she said.
For more information regarding the Health Informatics program, please call 1-844-HODGES-U or visit www.hodges.edu.