Health Information Systems
Bachelor of Arts: Interdisciplinary Studies, concentration in health information systems
Health Info Systems: A Natural Choice - A Unique Offering
Offered jointly through the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) Business Economics, Computer Science, and Community Health Education departments, the new interdisciplinary concentration in Health Informations Systems combines core courses in all three academic areas, plus new courses that have been developed specifically for this innovative program.
UMF developed the interdisciplinary Health Information Systems concentration with guidance from industry leaders and state partners. In fact, industry leaders have been instrumental in directing the program content, carefully tailoring it to meet skills needs that exist in this field within Maine.
These industry links and partnerships also provide opportunities for internships, a core component of the program. Internships give you valuable outside-the-classroom, inside-the-industry learning experiences while also helping you to gain a better understanding of just how this growth industry works, connecting classroom theory to real-world practice as you make solid professional contacts and develop valuable, marketable skills.
This new academic offering is ideal for those who want to work for state / local public health agencies, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, international health agencies, federal health programs, physicians / other healthcare providers, or work as IT professionals in jobs such as:
- Project Manager
- Information Systems Analyst
- Clinical Informaticist
- Clinical Application Manager
- Information Systems Trainer Programmer / Analyst
- Director of Information Technology (IT)
- Chief Information Officer
The job market for health information technology has been growing at an exponential rate, largely due to changes in the industry as hospitals, insurers, and regional collaboratives have switched to electronic medical records.
As nurses and doctors are being expected to use more evidence-based medicine, they rely more and more on computerized "expert systems" to guide their diagnoses and treatment recommendations.
In addition, as more attention is focused on rising health care costs, increased emphasis is being placed on assessment to determine the effectiveness of health care programs. This results in healthcare providers and agencies collecting more data in order to evaluate quality of care, reach and impacts as well as effectiveness of health programs.
All of this means career opportunities in the fields of Health Information Systems are numerous and growing. You could be involved in jobs such as:
- business process management
- project management (both care and information system development)
- designing and implementing new information systems
- changing existing information systems
- working as a liaison between health care practitioners and software developers
- analyzing data needs
- and more
"Technology is a critical piece of managing today's health information and making it accessible to hospitals, insurers and health care providers. This new UMF program will provide students with the business and technology skills they need to advance their careers in one of America's fastest growing sectors while also helping the health industry be more affordable, effective and competitive in the future."
-- Sheena Bunnell
UMF Professor of Business and Economics
Director, Maine Health Research Institute
Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student - in every major - will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to Health Information Systems, such as:
Courses in Business
- Business Process Management
- Healthcare Management
- Financial Management
- Principles of Management Healthcare emphasis
- Introduction to Community Health
- Principles of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
- rinciples of Epidemiology
- Resource Management and Grants
- Internet Computing
- Introduction to Computer Science
- Data Structures
- Database Systems
- Introduction to Business Health IT
- Medical Terminology
Plus you will benefit from:
- Faculty who are leaders in the field and have extensive experience in Maine's major health care organizations.
- Strong industry relationships and internship opportunities with hospitals, health-care systems, health-related corporations, and government health agencies.
- An advisory panel of industry professionals who provided expert guidance in the program's development.
For additional information about Health Information Systems at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994
US tel 207-778-7050
Intl. tel 00-1-207-778-7050