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Hofstra Launches Graduate Program in Health Informatics

The School of Health Professions and Human Services is pleased to announce the launch of a new graduate program in health informatics this fall.

The Master of Science in Health Informatics provides an interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of information technology-based innovations in the delivery, management, and planning of healthcare services.  Health informaticists are specialists who combine skills in healthcare and technology to manage and analyze health records and systems to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care.  Applications for the fall 2016 inaugural class are now being accepted.

“In my 20 years of working with both the healthcare information technology industry and with health care providers, I have seen how health informatics positions have evolved from side jobs we do because we find them interesting to jobs that allow us to affect change in the access and quality of care for thousands of patients,” said Eytan Behiri, MD, the new program’s Executive in Residence and the corporate chief medical information officer at NYC Health + Hospitals (formerly the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation).

Dr. Behiri notes that the master’s program was created as a collaboration between Hofstra and Northwell Health to meet the need for well-educated professionals who can master the technology, regulations and standards that are advancing at great speed within the industry.   “We tailored the program to be one that focuses on the applied side of informatics, to give both IT and health professionals the theoretical and hands-on skills they will need for jobs or advancement in this emerging professional field,” he said.

The Health Informatics program is offered on weekdays and evenings, and can be completed in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study.  The 41-semester-hours program consists of 35 semester hours of classroom instruction and six semester hours of an applied practicum that provides students with experience and exposure to numerous disciplines within health informatics.  During the practicum, students are assigned to rotations at affiliated health information system departments within various health systems in areas such as electronic medical records, health information exchange, and integration and data analytics.

“The School of Health Professions and Human Services is excited to be offering this innovative new program in health informatics,” said Vice Dean Holly Seirup.  “It strongly supports our mission to educate students to become effective and compassionate clinicians, evidence-based practitioners, policy makers, managers and advocates who promote health equity.”

Students who earn a MS in Health Informatics are qualified for careers as health information systems specialists, health data analysts, managers, and consultants in numerous settings including health information technology corporations, healthcare service providers such as hospitals or integrated delivery networks and their business partners, and public health agencies.

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