Who they are: A health informatics professional is an individual that uses information technology to solve healthcare problems. They perform interdisciplinary work with information from hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and more.
What they do: According to the U of M Institute for Health Informatics, health informatics professionals design, use and evaluate information systems to support and healthcare while protecting the safety and confidentiality of those receiving care.
Where they work: Health informatics professionals work in healthcare systems like hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, mental health facilities, and more.
Outlook: Health informatics careers are growing much faster than average. In the next ten years, jobs in the United States are supposed to increase by 11%. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
At the University of Minnesota, the degrees are offered in Health Informatics: Master of Health Informatics (MHI), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). These differ slightly in goals and program type. The MHI consists of 31 credits and the MS consists of 36 credits. The PhD consists of 70 credits, along with research ending in a dissertation. Students complete a PhD in one of the following four tracks: Clinical Informatics, Data Science and Informatics for learning Health Systems, Translational Bioinformatics, or Precision and Personalized Medicine Informatics.