Finding the right healthcare degree is often the first step toward a rewarding career in health informatics. To enter this field, you’ll need to gain the core skills in information technology (IT) and administration to understand how to incorporate data and technology into health leadership.
You might choose to begin your journey with the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree focused on healthcare, such as a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (BSHA), or Bachelor of Science in Health Management (BSHM). At University of Phoenix, our BSHA has a health information systems elective track option that aligns to the CAHIMS certification, which could be a great start for this career path.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, you might choose to continue your education by obtaining a master’s degree in health administration (MHA). This degree can help provide the foundation for the leadership side of healthcare, teaching students the skills to better understand and manage patient data and clinical records to improve patient care.
Health informatics can also be a career option for registered nurses (RNs) who want to transition into the informatics side of healthcare. RNs with an undergraduate degree in nursing might choose to continue their education with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a focus on informatics. This degree focuses on analyzing data to influence quality of care delivery.