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New Masters of Health Informatics Program Now Taking Applications

The inaugural class of the two-year program begins in fall 2012, and is the first master of health informatics program offered by a public university in Michigan.

The program offers distinctive emphases on leadership and consumer health informatics-a fast-growing field.

Laura Bailey writes: ”Health informatics is a growing field in which information is leveraged and information technologies are developed and used to maintain or improve health and patient care. Leaders in the field are needed to develop the next generation of information solutions related to health, and to ensure that the current generation of solutions is used to full advantage.”

Graduates of the health informatics program who emphasize consumer health will develop solutions, taking full advantage of mobile and other emerging technologies that empower consumers to become active participants in the promotion and maintenance of their own health.

“This program will emphasize the game-changing information technologies that will be used by health care consumers, which means all members of society, to promote health and wellness in entirely new ways. The graduates of this program will be leaders and innovators at the forefront of a revolution,” says Dr. Charles Friedman, program director with appointments in both SI and SPH.

Faculty at both the School of Information and School of Public Health currently are engaged in numerous research studies that focus on all aspects of health informatics.

In fall 2011 SI and SPH began offering an 18-hour graduate certificate in health informatics for students already enrolled in a graduate program at U-M. That program expects to award its first certificates in spring 2012.

The priority deadline for applications to the new master’s degree program is Feb. 15.

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