"This is the way healthcare is going to be."
In 1989, Patricia Abbott was three credits short of graduating with her BSN degree. Luckily, her advisor, who was piloting a "Nurses and Computers" course, came to her rescue. Abbott was offered the chance to earn three independent study credits, finish her degree—and discover her love for health information technology. "It was like someone opened my eyes," she remembers. "I said, 'This is the way healthcare is going to be.'" More
Completed Application Deadline
June 1 for fall entry
The Johns Hopkins University’s online Applied Health Informatics program, jointly offered through the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, provides an exciting, novel career opportunity for healthcare professionals looking to leverage health information technologies (HIT) toward better patient care. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 expects the need for HIT specialists to grow steadily through 2018, as organizations respond to federal mandates to implement HIT in their healthcare delivery systems.
Clearly, skilled HIT practitioners will be required to manage this increasing reliance on technological capabilities to manage health information and its secure exchange between consumers, providers, government organizations, quality entities, and insurers. At Hopkins, the Applied Health Informatics program can position you ahead of the curve.
Those who complete the Hopkins Applied Health Informatics program:
The 12-credit-hour Applied Health Informatics Program is delivered online and will be completed in nine months. The final two terms of the program (16 weeks) require an 8-hour-a-week practicum experience in a HIT environment local to the student. The practicum cannot be completed in the place of employment.
Admissions requirements for the online, 9-month program include:
All applications will be reviewed by a faculty Admissions Committee.
Admissions requirements for the online, 9-month program include a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least one year of experience in a health-related field. All students must complete the free online course, “Introduction to Online Learning,” offered by the Bloomberg School of Public Health before registering for any courses.
ME.600.903 - Introduction to Informatics and Health Information Technology
The goal of the course is to provide a broad introduction to the field of informatics and health IT
ME.600.905 - Clinical Informatics
The goal of this course is to provide a general introduction for DHSI-program students and fellows to the clinical application of informatics techniques to clinical settings and workflows using a combination of readings, lectures from institutional leaders and personnel involved in clinical information technology at Johns Hopkins and guided exposure to clinical environments, IT applications and their interactions.
ME.600.903 - Introduction to Informatics and Health Information Technology, September 4 - October 26
ME.600.905 - Clinical Informatics, October 29 - December 21
NR.300.602 - Human Factors in Health IT , January 22 - March 15
NR.300.603 - Applied Health Informatics Practicum I, January 22 - March 15
NR.300.601 - Principles & Applications in Telehealth for Chronic Disease Management, March 25 - May 17
NR.300.604 - Applied Health Informatics Practicum II, March 25 - May 17
Total cost for the 9-month online Applied Health Informatics Program.
Many national healthcare leaders have speculated a new workforce crisis is emerging. This crisis will impact the Presidential mandate to employ needed health information technologies (HIT) in healthcare delivery systems across the country. As the U.S. healthcare industry begins to convert antiquated paper record systems to modern information technology systems, it lacks a comprehensive plan to educate a comprehensive HIT workforce that will support this transformation. As a result, the ability to hire HIT professionals may become a serious limiting factor in the adoption and implementation of electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technologies.
Meeting the increasing demands will require responses from both the U.S. healthcare industry and institutions of higher education. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – an expected 50,000 skilled HIT practitioners will be needed in the future to meet the market demands. Both the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Medical Colleges have responded with the creation of formal specialty certifications in Informatics.
The post-bachelor's program in Applied Health Informatics provides an overview of the field; facilitates understanding of current issues and developments in the discipline; relates user needs to information-technology possibilities; facilitates competent, efficient, and safe use of HIT; and enables students to evaluate the impact of HIT in the specific application environment.
The 12 semester credit hour (16 “term” credit hours) Applied Health Informatics program coursework is online and must be completed in nine months. There are no residency requirements, and the 16 week practicum experience will be completed in a physical location convenient to the student.
Applicants to the Applied Health Informatics program are individuals from the healthcare or related fields who wish to update their skills and knowledge in applied health/healthcare informatics. Our goal is to capitalize on the collective wisdom of experienced clinicians and other health oriented persons, who through many years of exposure to hospitals, patients, clinics, and communities, possess a solid knowledge of workflow and processes.
Individuals who complete the program gain a significant degree of competency to perform clinical, and management functions with a higher degree of effectiveness within the increasingly digital organizational/system environment. The program whelp equip students to move into leadership positions into HIT-enabled environments wherever they go.