Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Invest in a Master’s Degree in Health Informatics

If you are considering a career in health information technology, I would urge you to invest in a master’s degree in health informatics and to get board certified in clinical informatics.

In 2011, AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) announced that clinical informatics is now a subspecialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). You can become board certified by passing an examination administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and available to physicians who have primary specialty certification through the American Board of Medical Specialties.

How are physicians preparing for a career in health IT? Many of them are pursuing master’s degrees in health informatics to demonstrate a level of competence in the rapidly evolving field of health information technology.

The University of Michigan now offers an innovative joint Master of Health Informatics degree offered through the School of Information and School of Public Health. Michigan is ideally positioned to educate future leaders for this rapidly developing field. The strength and international reputations of these two professional schools are combined to offer the interdisciplinary study of consumer health informatics informed by clinical informatics and population health informatics.

Individuals from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds will enroll in this program. Graduates will be prepared to serve as leaders at the forefront of a dynamic field.

The final application deadline is May 1.

For more information about the University of Michigan Master of Health Informatics degree, visit

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