Bachelor of Science in Health Infomatics
The Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics is a program devoted to the understanding of how information technology (IT) can be used to transform the way that healthcare is delivered. IT influences patients, providers,payers, policy-makers, and technology vendors. The health informatics program's central academic objectives are:
- Academic Objective 1: To enable students to understand the inter-relationships between information technology and healthcare services delivery, and the ways in which they mutually influence and transform each other.
- Academic Objective 2: To provide students with technical skills necessary to succeed in an entry-level health informatics role
Why Health Informatics ?
Health information employment rate is expected to grow by 15% between 2014 and 2024 (U.S. BLS). Credentials make a difference in your earning potential and competitiveness. Acording to the U.S. BLS, Health Information Technicians earned a median salary of $37,110 in 2015, while Health Managers earned a median salary of $94,500. According to AHIMA's 2012 Salary Survey, health information professionals earned average salaries of $40,930 to $56,807 in 2012, depending on their credentials. Job prospects can be best for those with a degree in health information. Health Information education and credentialing is important and can be done fairly quickly. A CAHIIM accredited 2 year degree and the RHIT certification are needed to become an RHIT.