Informatics is integral to solving the nation's urgent healthcare issues of rising costs and the delivery of quality care. Training the next generation of professionals to develop, implement and research new informatics technologies is vital. Through the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHiP) is now accepting applications for a new master's program in health informatics to do just that.
The Master of Science in Health Informatics, launching in January 2013, will prepare students for careers in health information technology implementation, analytics, management, research and policy. The curriculum is a unique fusion of health systems, information systems and research methodology. Professionals possessing the combination of these skill sets are in high demand in healthcare delivery, industry, academia and government.
"We are extremely excited to offer this new program at CHiP," says Dr. Rainu Kaushal, executive director of CHiP and the Frances and John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Medical Informatics at Weill Cornell Medical College. "CHiP's faculty members are national leaders, and are conducting cutting-edge research in health informatics. The Center is well-positioned to train the next generation of health informatics professionals."
The program's curriculum addresses the need for systems science perspectives in health care, and incorporates an interdisciplinary approach by fusing traditional methods from health services research with computational and informatics techniques. The program provides an alternative to traditional training in health services research, health care management, health information technology and related fields.
"By emphasizing systems science, this program offers students a unique and much-needed perspective on health and healthcare," says Dr. Stephen Johnson, program director and associate director for education of CHiP.