September

Online Healthcare Informatics Master’s Program is ‘Top 25’: TheBestSchools.org

News Story: September 9, 2015

Sacred Heart University’s online master’s in healthcare informatics program is among “The 25 Best Online Master’s in Healthcare Informatics Degree Programs” as determined by TheBestSchools.org, an independent organization committed to helping students make informed decisions as they work toward career goals.

Offered as one of 10 accredited programs in the SHU College of Health Professions, the online healthcare informatics program is designed for working professionals seeking the ability to lead and innovate in the healthcare information technology field. With a combination of real-world, practical lessons and scholarly research, the healthcare informatics program graduates students confident in their awareness of healthcare IT’s cultural and economic impact, their ability to design and manage informatics projects and their skills in navigating the trends and policies that shape the industry.

For the Top 25 ranking, TheBestSchools.org evaluated programs based on quality, courses offered, awards, rankings, faculty, academic standing and reputation, including an institution’s reputation for effectively providing online degree study. TheBestSchools.org also compared program curricula against guidelines provided by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

TheBestSchools.org observed, “The online master’s in healthcare informatics degree prepares graduates to move into leadership positions in the midst of this technological revolution called “healthcare informatics” and to manage the challenges these advances bring.” The ranking also highlighted the program’s inclusion in the 2015 U.S.News & World Report’s listing of America’s Best Colleges-Tier I Institutions, as well as The 2015 Princeton Review’s Best 371 Colleges.

Stephen C. Burrows, director of SHU’s healthcare informatics program, credits the faculty and students for the recognition. “Our professors are committed to creating healthcare informatics leaders because they know our students are professionals working to advance their careers,” he says. “At the same time, students want to make changes in the world, and they grasp technology’s impact on everything we do, including how we care for our patients. The online program is a natural fit for their aspirations. It’s also a powerful tool for customizing their education to meet their needs.”