Health Care Informatics (HCI), offered online, is a discipline that integrates information science and computer science into the health care professions, gaining the ability to combine resources, devices and methods required for the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of collected information and data in health sciences and biomedicine. HCI provides a tremendous advantage to health care practitioners through the combination of health care concepts and information technology management that is an integral part of the health care industry.
The HCI certificates increase practitioner knowledge and skills that are required to aid in the reduction of health care costs, expanding access to quality care and improving the quality of services.
Health Care Informatics is a selective admission program. Enrollment in HCI program courses requires a minimum of an associate degree in health care or a related field, or by program coordinator/instructor consent.
Most students may complete the HCI Certificate in two semesters and the HCI-PM Certificate in three, provided students enroll in the recommended number of credit hours per semester, in the suggested order of completion.
Health Care Informatics is an expanding field that is rapidly becoming an excellent career option for many health care professionals. Health Care Informaticists work in a variety of environments including hospitals, clinics, physician offices, public health agencies, technological firms/vendors, research facilities and insurance. The typical salary in the health care informatics field ranges from $35,000 to $50,000.
In addition to MCC’s general admission requirements, the HCI certificate program requires a minimum of an associate degree, or instructor consent, prior to enrollment.
Kristi M. Berry, MHA, MSN-HCI, RN, CNOR
Adjunct Faculty - Allied Health