Health Informatics Degrees and Nursing Informatics Degrees

“My master’s degree in health administration was very helpful in providing a business viewpoint to hospitals and the healthcare industry.  Prior to attending graduate school I had a clinical/nursing viewpoint.  Having both viewpoints – the business and the clinical – has been tremendously beneficial.”

--Kathleen Kimmel, RN, MHA, FHIMSS  Vice President Nursing Informatics McKesson Provider Technologies

Imagine combining a health care provider with a technology guru. This is what you get with health informatics; a field that combines health care and technology. The technology involved in nursing informatics fosters a more accurate documentation process and helps automate the collection of data.

Courses

The following are common topics of focus in health informatics degree programs.

  • Management, finance, accounting, legal, health and disease factors, and information resources skills
  • Education on long term care
  • How to use technology for improvement of health care quality
  • Ways to use technology to lower health care costs
  • Electronic information systems management
  • Information security
  • Data integrity regulatory compliance

Training

In addition to degree programs, there are also health informatics certificates offered. To learn more about this certificate, select the below link.

Internships and Practicums

Health informatics internships, also referred to as practicums, are typically required for master's degree students to increase their experience in a target area under the guidance of an experienced nurse. For example, at some nursing schools, the students have two clinical practicum experiences which are two semester credits each.

These practicums are selected based on the leaning needs of the student.  The student is matched with a master's prepared nurse or other approved professional. The students write goals for the experience which are approved by the preceptor and faculty member. At some schools, the first practicum experience is under the guidance of a preceptor and in the second experience, although still with a preceptor, the student takes on a project-management focused role. 

Generally these practicum experiences are unpaid. The student usually finds their own experience, but the program director or internship coordinator oftentimes helps them with contacts should they need it. Usually clinical sites require contracts between the school and the site, so they must be arranged prior to the actual start of the practicum.

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