Health Informatics

Health Informatics courses teach tools and concepts to analyze and interpret data. You'll master computer science and data science concepts applicable to the fields of genomics, microbiology, biotechnology, and biochemistry, including software and research methodologies.

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  • Like many other areas of our lives, the healthcare industry is being transformed by the power of big data and the information technology revolution. The discipline of health informatics exists squarely at the center of this macro trend, harnessing vast data streams from sources including online healthcare portals, electronic medical records, bioinformatics from wearable devices and other digital data collection tools, and more.

    Practitioners in health informatics use techniques from computer science, information science, and cognitive science to collect, manage, and analyze all of this health data. The goal is to help healthcare science practitioners conduct critical research, provide healthcare more efficiently, and deliver better outcomes for patients. There are further specializations within health informatics that focus on specific areas; for instance, nursing informatics focuses more specifically on the collection and use of data relating to the role of nurses in the healthcare setting.

    Regardless of where you focus their career in the realm of health informatics, professionals in this field play a critical role in the advancement of healthcare. In particular, the insights provided by health informatics are central to the development of new biotechnology approaches to healthcare provision, which offer the potential to deliver breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders, cancers, and other challenging diseases.