July 11, 2017

A Certificate or MS in Health Informatics: Which is Right for You?

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If you’re looking for a career with high earning potential and growth, you may want to consider health informatics. This fast-growing field combines healthcare, information technology, and information management, and positions you to get hired by a wide range of employers, including hospitals, government, health insurance providers, medical vendors, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and consulting firms.

The American Medical Association estimates that up to 70,000 health informatics specialists will be needed in the coming years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job growth in the field will increase 17% by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The average salary of a Chief Health Informatics Offer is $150,000.

While professionals coming from a healthcare background as well as those from an IT background are uniquely positioned to excel and no previous health informatics experience is required. With the right skills and education, anyone can launch or grow their career in health informatics.

Certificate in Health Informatics

A graduate certificate provides one entry point into the field, without the cost and commitment of a masters program. The University of Miami’s online Certificate in Health Informatics provides students with 15 credits earned from five courses. Students take one course at a time, spending seven weeks on each course.

While the Certificate in Health Informatics program is conducted entirely online, courses are taught by the same top-notch faculty who teach on campus. The certificate program is ideal for people who want to enter the field of health informatics or gain additional skills to advance in their current position. Taking one online course at a time allows for flexibility and keeps the workload manageable.

Masters in Health Informatics

Professionals who want to take the next step in their careers and earnings should consider a MS in Health Informatics. Not only do certain higher-level positions require an advanced degree, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a master's degree earn 20% more per week than those with a bachelor's degree.

The University of Miami’s online Masters of Science in Health Informatics program provides recognition and a return on investment like no other: the University is ranked #1 in Florida, and our nationally known faculty includes industry experts such as Dr. Doris Peek, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Broward Health Systems in Miami.

The Masters in Health Informatics is a 22-month, 33-credit program. The Certificate in Health Informatics can be requested after completion of the first five courses. Students can also apply to complete the Master’s of Science in Health Informatics program after completion of the certificate. And students gain applicable skills they can use right away.

The University of Miami’s online Masters of Science in Health Informatics program provides you with the skills needed to advance your career, increase your earning potential, develop professionally and grow your network. To find out more, call an enrollment advisor at 800-411-2290 or visit the site for more information.