Davenport hybrid program prepares students for career advancement
Beginning this winter, Davenport students will be able to enroll in a Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management degree program.
The degree is based on the needs of health care professionals working in the field, said T.J. Hunt, associate dean and assistant professor of health information management.
The program is designed to prepare professionals to fill jobs in fields that are booming.
The Michigan Labor Market estimates that by 2020, the demand for health services managers will increase by 14 percent. And the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of medical records and health information technicians will increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages and more people need medical tests, treatments and procedures, which also means more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance, the U.S. Bureau of Labor reports. And additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic medical records likely will mean more technicians will be needed to organize and manage the information.
"We see folks with this degree advancing their careers as practitioners in health care," Hunt said. "They could be working in health information management as administrators (or) managers, they could be working in IT supporting electronic record implementation or working with health care privacy and security."
The program is structured to provide experiences in the development, implementation and maintenance of information and data systems, data analysis, privacy and security and strategic and operational resource planning.
"It’s truly an interdisciplinary degree," Hunt said, noting the program includes courses from all four of Davenport’s colleges — business, arts and sciences, technology and health professions.
Courses will be available in-seat at the Holland campus, but the program is designed to be completed entirely online.
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