Applied Health Informatics (online)
The Johns Hopkins University’s online Applied Health Informatics program, jointly offered through the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, provides an exciting, novel career opportunity for healthcare professionals looking to leverage health information technologies (HIT) toward better patient care. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 expects the need for HIT specialists to grow steadily through 2018, as organizations respond to federal mandates to implement HIT in their healthcare delivery systems.
Clearly, skilled HIT practitioners will be required to manage this increasing reliance on technological capabilities to manage health information and its secure exchange between consumers, providers, government organizations, quality entities, and insurers. At Hopkins, the Applied Health Informatics program can position you ahead of the curve.
Those who complete the Hopkins Applied Health Informatics program:
- Enjoy careers as clinical analysts, consultants, system designers, data quality managers, project managers, project designers, educators, and trainers
- Specialize in principles of effective and efficient HIT systems design, workflow facilitation with HIT, transformative approaches to health and healthcare delivery, and influencing and effecting change in healthcare environments
- Work in hospitals, accountable care organizations, ambulatory care facilities, research facilities, HIT corporations, and government agencies
Admissions requirements for the online, 9-month program include:
- A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- At least one year of experience in a health-related field
- Official college/university transcripts from prior coursework
- A statement of purpose which is outlined in the application
- Two letters of recommendation (preference is one academic and one professional)
- A resume
- Successful completion of the free online course, "Introduction to Online Learning,” offered by the Bloomberg School of Public Health before registering for any courses
All applications will be reviewed by a faculty Admissions Committee.
The 12-credit-hour Applied Health Informatics Program is delivered online and will be completed in nine months. The final two terms of the program (16 weeks) require an 8-hour-a-week practicum experience in a HIT environment local to the student. The practicum cannot be completed in the place of employment.
$1,042 per credit
Total cost for the 9-month online program is $12,504.00.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the Industry Outlook?
Many national healthcare leaders have speculated a new workforce crisis is emerging. This crisis will impact the Presidential mandate to employ needed health information technologies (HIT) in healthcare delivery systems across the country. As the U.S. healthcare industry begins to convert antiquated paper record systems to modern information technology systems, it lacks a comprehensive plan to educate a comprehensive HIT workforce that will support this transformation. As a result, the ability to hire HIT professionals may become a serious limiting factor in the adoption and implementation of electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technologies.
Meeting the increasing demands will require responses from both the U.S. healthcare industry and institutions of higher education. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – an expected 50,000 skilled HIT practitioners will be needed in the future to meet the market demands. Both the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Medical Colleges have responded with the creation of formal specialty certifications in Informatics.
How does the program incorporate HIT?
The post-bachelor's program in Applied Health Informatics provides an overview of the field; facilitates understanding of current issues and developments in the discipline; relates user needs to information-technology possibilities; facilitates competent, efficient, and safe use of HIT; and enables students to evaluate the impact of HIT in the specific application environment.
Coursework is online and must be completed in nine months. There are no residency requirements, and the 16 week practicum experience will be completed in a physical location convenient to the student.
What are you looking for in an applicant?
Ideal applicants are individuals from the healthcare or related fields who wish to update their skills and knowledge in applied health/healthcare informatics. Our goal is to capitalize on the collective wisdom of experienced clinicians and other health oriented persons, who through many years of exposure to hospitals, patients, clinics, and communities, possess a solid knowledge of workflow and processes.
Individuals who complete the program gain a significant degree of competency to perform clinical, and management functions with a higher degree of effectiveness within the increasingly digital organizational/system environment. The program whelp equip students to move into leadership positions into HIT-enabled environments wherever they go.