A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Master of Science in Health Informatics

The dynamics within the healthcare industry are creating an information intensive environment that professionals must navigate as they deliver healthcare to patients. Clinical and non-clinical professions in this industry will be required to be knowledgeable and proficient in the development and usage of information technology. The future success or failure of healthcare organizations will be predicated on their abilities to effectively and efficiently manage the valuable asset of information. This curriculum blends the topics of leadership, system theory and management, technology, data management, and regulatory constraints so as to prepare graduates for critical leadership roles in healthcare organizations. As informatics leaders, graduates will assist in developing information systems in healthcare that positively impact patient care at an individual, local and national level.

Prospective students would come from a variety of education backgrounds, including, but not limited to, health information management, nursing, radiology, patient financial services, health care government agencies, clinical and administrative decision support, computing services, and pharmacy. Employment opportunities upon completion would include a variety of challenging prospects, including, hospitals, clinics, health information exchanges, elevated managerial roles, system development, project management, electronic health record system specialists, clinical decision support, database administrators, clinical documentation specialists,
and consultants.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

As the health care industry develops, under vastly expanding regulatory mandates, there is a need for information systems that will meet the needs of all stakeholders and, the need to educate health informatics professionals will steadily increase. The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) boasts a membership of over 4000 members dedicated to advancing the health care industry through the deployment and diffusion of technology into the health care process. AMIA projects a need for more than 50,000 new health IT workers in the next five to seven years ( http://www.amia). Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the job outlook for Health Service Managers to increase at a rate of 22% between 2010-2020.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1. Provide evidence of completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or the foreign equivalent of a bachelor’s degree
2. Provide three letters of recommendation that indicate a strong academic background and professional readiness
3. Interview, if deemed necessary
4. Complete the LLU application, including personal statement, and submit application fee.
5. Regardless of nationality or citizenship, an applicant whose native language is not English or whose secondary education has been given outside the United States, is required to pass a test of English proficiency. Test results/scores are to be sent directly to LLU from the testing service. Please refer to the LLU International Students website at www.llu.edu/central/apply/intltrans.page for details.
6. Minimum GPA of 3.0. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may be requested and considered for GPAs less than 3.0.

HEALTH INFORMATICS MISSION

In harmony with the mission of Loma Linda University and the School of Allied Health Professions, the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management is dedicated to:
• Educating competent health informatics professionals
• Promoting the health informatics profession
• Extending the current knowledge of health informatics professionals at neighboring health care facilities
• Challenging students and department faculty to maintain high standards of ethical and professional
• Encouraging students and faculty to seek a meaningful relationship with God and a balanced Christian

PROGRAM PURPOSE

To prepare our graduates to be competent health informatic professionals through excellence in instruction, project execution, advisement, and mentoring with an emphasis on global service.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate competence in information systems, specifically information system analysis, design, implementation and management.
Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate a keen understanding of informatics with respect to structure, function and transfer of information, socio-technical aspects of health computing and human-computer interaction.
Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding in information technology including but not limited to computer networks, databases and system administration, security and programming.
Outcome 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.

Performance Indicators:
Outcome 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to facilitate successful project management.
Outcome 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to perform data analytics.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Our purpose is to prepare our graduates to be competent health informatics professionals through excellence in instruction, project execution, advisement, and mentoring with an emphasis of global service. The Masters of Health Informatics program is designed for the working professional. 

  • The program has two options for learning:  On-Campus or Online
  • The courses are taught in the evenings (for on-campus learning)
  • Program is structured part-time or the student may opt to go at a slower pace taking only one class per quarter.

TUITION COSTS

CONTACT INFORMATION

Braden Tabisula, MBA, RHIA, CHDA
Program Director: Master of Science in Health Informatics

Health Informatics and Information Management Dept.
Loma Linda University
School of Allied Health Professions
Dept of Health Informatics and Information Management
Nichol Hall A1905
Loma Linda CA 92350

healthinformatics@llu.edu