Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2018
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 every day. 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 within 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 ensuring an efficient, cost-effective delivery of medical services.
Health Informatics at UNC Charlotte
UNC Charlotte is a leader in innovating to meet the evolving needs of our business community and the region’s workforce. The 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.
What is a “Professional” Masters Degree?
A professional master's degree 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. Our degree is part of the larger Professional Science Master’s (PSM) movement. Nationally PSMs are distinguished from traditional degrees by the presence of an active advisory board and a practicum or internship 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 our curriculum and research. 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's Data Science Initiative (DSI)
The DSI is proposed as an industry-university-state partnership to broaden and deepen North Carolina's business analytics talent and stimulate strategic innovation. It supports high-end job creation and business investment in the Charlotte region and across the state. The lead partners in the DSI, the College of Computing and Informatics, Belk College of Business, and the College of Health and Human Services, have long and successful histories of fostering strategic relationships with the business community. Recently the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest academic college at UNIC Charlotte, joined as a full partner in the Data Science Initiative. This growing team provides intellectual capital, academic programs, and outreach activities to meet the needs of employers in the new data-driven economy, both in developing a highly trained workforce and in providing cutting-edge research to address challenges and opportunities in the rapidly changing business environment. More information about the Data Science Initiative can be found here.
About UNC Charlotte
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research institution. Our campus is located in the piedmont of North Carolina, just two hours from the mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Ocean. A large public university with a small college feel, more than 28,000 students consider UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus their home away from home. UNC Charlotte is largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region offering 23 doctoral programs, 62 master’s degree programs, and 78 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees. Fall 2016 enrollment in graduate programs alone exceeded 5,000.