Health Informatics is an expanding career field that is evolving on almost a daily basis. There is a strong demand across the region for trained professionals in health analytics and data science, individuals who understand both the language of healthcare and of “Big Data.” It is clear that a revolution is taking place within the healthcare sector with unprecedented amounts of data streaming to providers, payers, and research organizations everyday. The challenge lies in identifying professionals who are capable of managing and securing the massive flow of data, as well as analyzing and finding insight withinin the data. Health Informaticians bridge the gap between the worlds of medicine and information technology looking for patterns in data that reveal best practices to improve healthcare. The goal is to create a more responsive and personalized healthcare system while also insuring an efficient, cost-effective delivery of medical services.
Some call the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree ‘the M.B.A. for science.’ It is a practitioner’s degree designed to allow students to pursue cutting edge research with world-class faculty in science or mathematics, while simultaneously developing practical business skills highly valued by employers. PSMs are distinguished from traditional masters degrees by the presence of an active advisory board and a practicum requirement that connects students with industry leaders. The Advisory Board, made up of business and industry executives with real world experience, is critical in the ongoing development and revision of the curriculum. The board provides students with access to internships, research projects, and mentoring opportunities. Students enrolled in UNC Charlotte’s Health Informatics PSM learn from both academic leaders and business practitioners and gain the entrepreneurial skills necessary to advance in this rapidly growing and evolving career field. For more information on Professional Science Master's please visit sciencemasters.com.
UNC Charlotte is a leader in innovating to meet the evolving needs of our business community and the region’s workforce. The Professional Science Master's degree in Health Informatics is a face to face program designed for working adults with backgrounds in health and computing, as well as those who may be interested in transitioning to this growing field. Courses are offered in the evenings and in flexible formats that support both full and part time students. Students have direct access to faculty and their peers, with a curriculum that stresses hands-on, team-based learning. Program faculty are world class researchers and experienced practitioners in the private sector, providing students with real world, applied research content.
A public research university, UNC Charlotte is the fourth largest campus among the 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina system. It is the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. The University offers 21 doctoral programs, 64 master’s degree programs, and 86 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees. Fall 2013 enrollment exceeded 26,000 students, including over 5,000 graduate students.
The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) provides academic programs in computer science, software and information systems, information technology, and bioinformatics. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes including the Center for Digital Identity and Cyber Defense Research, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Diversity in Information Technology Institute, the eBusiness Technology Institute, and the Software Solutions Lab.
The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) is the fastest growing College at UNC Charlotte. CHHS is comprised of the Department of Kinesiology, the Department of Public Health Sciences, the Department of Social Work, and the School of Nursing. Their mission is focused on achieving excellence in teaching, research, and service.