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January 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 7


FIU’s Master’s Program in Health Informatics Expands Opportunities for Students

As healthcare systems continue to move forward with technological advances focused on improving care, value and patient engagement, the opportunities for individuals trained in health informatics are rapidly expanding. From electronic health records, to patient portals to mobile apps aimed at assisting patients in controlling their health, new sources of healthcare data are coming together. Turning this data into valuable information for healthcare organizations, providers and patients is the challenge presented to Health Informatics professionals.

Providing students with the analytical skills and tools to meet this challenge is the goal of Florida International University‘s Master’s degree program in Health Informatics and Analytics. Launched in 2012 by the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics in FIU’s College of Business, graduates of the program have been met with career opportunities in diverse healthcare organizations.
Being housed in a College of Business allows the program to incorporate essential skills in analytical methods, information systems, change management and leadership with an understanding of health, healthcare and clinical systems. This combination of courses yields a dynamic program aligned with the evolving needs of healthcare decision-makers.
The mix of management and analytics-oriented classes attracts students to the program like Sara Saintilus, who graduated in Spring 2016 and is currently a clinical training specialist for Jackson Memorial Hospital.
“FIU has helped me tremendously in being a better healthcare professional,” Saintilus said. “I learned about different systems and programs that really helped develop myself and my peers. The systems we learned about are fairly new, so the fact that we were exposed to them in the program set us apart when we were looking for jobs and promotions after graduation.”
Another alumnus, Juan Carlos Gallegos, became a Product Manager for CareCloud following graduation. Gallegos was attracted to the program due to its format and scheduling that accommodates full-time professionals.
“The program granted me the opportunity to surround myself with leaders in the field of health informatics and has served as a catalyst in helping me achieve my career goals,” he said.
Christina Cascante, who graduated in Spring 2015, says the program gave her a 360-degreee understanding of how IT, health care, business and big data come together. Cascante, who now works for Baptist Health South Florida as a Business Intelligence Consultant II, credited the program with “opening my eyes to the whole healthcare IT industry.”
The program continues to expand and evolve. Moving forward, the program plans to launch a fully online degree in addition to its recent change to a hybrid (mixed face-to-face and online) format on Saturdays. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a Green Belt in Six Sigma.

If you are interested in learning more about how a master’s degree in health informatics could further your career, join FIU’s webinar on January 25, 2017. To sign up visit

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