Braden Tabisula, MBA, RHIA, CHDA
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The dynamics within the health care industry are creating an information intensive environment that professionals must navigate as they deliver health care 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 health care 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 health care organizations. As informatics leaders, graduates will assist in developing information systems in health care that positively impact patient care at an individual, local and national level.
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
To prepare our graduates to be competent health Informatics professionals through excellence in instruction, project execution, advisement, and mentoring with an emphasis on global service.
Prospective students 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 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.
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. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the job outlook for Health Service Managers to increase at a rate of 22% between 2010-2020.
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.
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.