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Fizza Malik, McMaster University Continuing Education Health Informatics graduate Fizza Malik, McMaster University Continuing Education Health Informatics graduate

Health Informatics

Where health and information
technology intersect.

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Health Informatics FAQs

  • Today, in almost any industry, there is vast amounts of data & information that is being collected and the challenge is to take this information and develop insights that are meaningful as well as useful within other applications. An entire field as developed around using information technology known as Informatics.

    Informatics is the process of analyzing the raw data and then converting it into useable information. Health Informatics is, specifically, the science of analyzing, organizing and disseminating medical health information to find meaningful insights or patterns in medical data to ultimately provide better medical care for patients and to better inform, treat & prevent the spread of disease.

    With Health Informatics being applied to the areas of nursing, clinical care, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and more, the avenues to apply your Health Informatics diploma are endless.

  • Health information technology can range from supporting advanced decision making with the integration of medical technology to improving and transforming healthcare as a whole with advanced data tracking, improving healthcare information gathering efficiencies, facilitating & improving clinical care and coordination internally, all while drastically reducing the amount of human error and improving overall patient safety.

    Thus, it is worth recognizing that the importance of health information technology is to provide better overall patient care while universally providing all healthcare practitioners and government health agencies with the best data to analyze, treat & prevent the spread of contagions and other illnesses.

  • The Health Informatics diploma consists of 8 core courses and 1 of 3 available electives to graduate from the program. The diploma program requires applicants to have successfully completed the prerequisite HTH 100, Understanding the Canadian Healthcare System, or possess an equivalent professional experience in the healthcare industry before taking the first course in the Diploma, HTH 101 Health Information Management I.

    Applications are accepted twice a year (fall & winter). The first course is offered in September and February only.

  • Upon the completion of the Health Informatics diploma program graduates find opportunities working in healthcare, non-profit, private & government sectors. Potential jobs in Health Informatics are:

    1. - Data Analyst
    2. - Health Care Managers
    3. - Health Systems Planner
    4. - Quality Performance Specialists
    5. - Project Coordinators
    6. - Health Information Systems Analyst
    7. - Research Coordinators
    8. - Health Policy Analyst
    9. - Health Care Advocate
    10. - Quality Performance Specialist
    11. - Health Systems Designer
    12. - Community Health Worker
    13. - Healthcare Software Developer

     

  • The Health Informatics diploma program is designed for healthcare professionals seeking a second career or a new career path, for individuals with a background in IT or computer science hoping to enter the healthcare field, current health informatics professional that are looking to upgrade or enhance their previous educational background or international professional that are seeking a Canadian education in health informatics.

  • The diploma program requires applicants to have successfully completed the prerequisite HTH 100, Understanding the Canadian Healthcare System, or possess an equivalent professional experience in the healthcare industry. Please refer to the Admission Requirements page to make sure you meet the program eligibility requirements that are necessary to register.

  • The Health Informatics diploma program is only available online with a blend of courses and one elective online self-study course (Health Informatics Practical Experience).

  • The Health Informatics Diploma will cost students $7,730.28 plus any administrative fees when registering. The total cost includes the 8 primary courses and 1 of the 3 electives required for completing the program. Tuition is paid at the point of each course registration.

  • The healthcare and technology fields are blowing up and those who have an educational background or real world experience are benefiting with ample job opportunities in a number of markets as well as higher starting pay opportunities.

    A clinical informatics analyst, on average, can make between $48,000 and $94,000 with an average salary of $68,000. To qualify for opportunities with higher pay it is worth combining your Health Informatics Technology Diploma with a bachelor's degree at minimum to gain the greatest benefits.

    An Informatics Nurse is responsible for bridging the gap between a clinical role and information technology specialists. As an Informatics Nurse you would determine the clinical applications necessary to increase overall efficiency in an organization and making sure everyone is up to date in regards to the latest informatics related technology. The average starting salary of an Informatics Nurse is $77,000 with a range reported between $58,000 and $98,000

    Not all jobs in informatics technology may require a bachelor’s or master’s degree. A Health Informatics Specialist may have a similar role to that of an Informatics Nurse, but you will work more closely with the implementation of technology in a health care setting. The average starting salary in this field is around $62,000 a year with a range from $41,000 to $95,000.

    There are many possible job opportunities and career paths in the fields of Health Information Technology. Our diploma program will help you achieve your professional goals while helping to bridge the gap between your current experience and your educational future putting you on the right path for future success.

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