USD Master’s Degree in Health Informatics Earns HIMSS Approval
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has named the University of San Diego a HIMSS Approved Education Partner — a distinction that credits USD’s Master of Science in Health Care Informatics degree program with meeting rigorous standards for delivering “world-class, effective healthcare and health IT education.”
JoAnn W. Klinedinst, Vice President of Professional Development at HIMSS, spoke highly of the USD program’s value in “better preparing (students) to assume leadership roles in the field of health informatics.” Klinedinst also complimented USD for offering “an intensive curriculum exposing students to MBA-type courses in many different topics so critical to the health informatics field.”
Klinedinst acknowledged USD’s online master’s program for its role in helping to meet “the increased demand for healthcare and health IT knowledge and education” in a fast-growing field where the demand for qualified professionals currently exceeds the supply.
With the HIMSS designation, USD joins an exclusive group of educational institutions that are leading the way in high-quality health IT and health care education. As a HIMSS Approved Education Partner, USD’s online M.S. in Health Care Informatics program prepares students to sit for the CAHIMS (Certified Associate in Health Information & Management Systems) or CPHIMS (Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems) exams, administered through HIMSS — one of the most well-known and respected thought leadership and professional development organizations in the health care IT field.
The Master of Science in Health Care Informatics at USD
Developed to meet the growing need for health care IT professionals, the University of San Diego Master of Science in Health Care Informatics program trains students in key subject areas that are critical to the health informatics discipline — including financial management, strategic planning and leadership, systems analysis and design, data hygiene, electronic health records and more.
Presented in a flexible, online format that is ideal for working professionals, the curriculum equips students with the knowledge they need to position themselves for a wide range of health informatics career opportunities.
M.S. in Health Care Informatics (Fast Facts):
- Program can be completed in as little as two 2 years
- Students can choose to attend classes on campus in San Diego, or 100% online
- Online students take one 7-week course at a time; on-campus students follow a more traditional semester format, taking 2-3 evening classes each term
- USD is a regionally accredited, top-ranked university
- Ideal solution for working professionals
- HIMSS-approved curriculum
- No GRE required
The University of San Diego is proud to support HIMSS’ mission to educate health information management and health information technology professionals. The HIMSS-approved, online Master of Science in Health Care Informatics program emphasizes a uniquely practical approach and is taught by a faculty of top informatics professionals with advanced degrees and extensive experience in the field.
The coordinator of USD’s program, clinical associate professor Jonathan Mack, Ph.D., MSN, emphasized that “because the health informatics industry is just beginning to take off, there are many exciting opportunities out there.” In fact, he added, “the major issue that the industry is now facing is the lack of individuals with training and experience to fill the many open positions.” Dr. Mack explained that employers are seeking to recruit people with a specific combination of medical and IT skills, making a master’s degree “hugely beneficial” as a tool for demonstrating knowledge and standing apart from the competition.