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Tech’s Online Master’s in Health Informatics Ranks 17th in Nation

Michigan Tech’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics has been ranked 17th on a list of the 25 best online master’s degree programs in health informatics.  The list is published by The Center for Online Education.

“The current job market for healthcare informatics is growing twice as fast as overall employment; 22 percent by 2022; yet the U.S. is already seeing a shortage of qualified workers,” the Center for Online Education website says. “A large reason is due to the lack of individuals possessing both medical and technical knowledge to properly innovate in the field.”

Michigan Tech’s Health Informatics program has been developed specifically for this specialized need.

The Michigan Tech Health Informatics graduate program can be completed entirely online, making it a convenient for working professionals.  Graduates are prepared for professions that require a deep understanding of disease management, evidence-based medicine, and health-care security.

Health Informatics students select one of three options:

  1. Thesis Option: Requires in-depth research.
  2. Practicum Option: Requires an independent study project
  3. Coursework Option: Requires successful completion of at least 30 academic credits through online or on-campus courses.

Coursework topics include:

  • Decision support systems
  • Ethics
  • Global health informatics
  • Home care

Graduates are prepared to enter careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Information security firms
  • Public health organizations,
  • Hospitals


Summer 2017 PHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open

Applications for summer 2017 Portage Health Foundation Graduate Assistantships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 14 to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  • Must be a PhD student participating in health-related research that is aligned with the PHF’s mission
  • Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application
  • It must be two years after starting the graduate program at the time of application
  • Must not have previously received a PHF Graduate Assistantship

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties. Non-resident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.).

These assistantships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD talent in health-oriented research areas. Applicants should be catalysts for promoting and improving the overall health of residents in Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon counties through one of the following:

  • Health research and technology development
  • Health education or preventive and wellness initiatives
  • Rural healthcare access, informatics and assessment of care

Students who receive full support through a PHF Graduate Assistantship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a PHF Graduate Assistantship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

Republished from Tech Today.