Online Clinical Informatics Degree Programs
Clinical informatics, a field that blends health care and information technology, is typically offered online at the master's and graduate certificate levels, though a few bachelor's programs exist as well. Read on to learn which programs are offered, common courses, and how the online education environment.
What Online Clinical Informatics Degree Programs Can I Find?
You can earn an online master's degree or graduate certificate in clinical informatics, but online certificate programs are more common than master's degree programs. Alternatively, health informatics, medical informatics and biomedical informatics master's degree programs cover clinical informatics topics through required or elective courses. You may also be able to find a program that offers a clinical informatics specialization.
Online graduate certificate programs are usually intended for students who have earned a master's degree and have some work experience in the field. If you're just entering college, there are very limited opportunities to earn an online bachelor's degree in health informatics, but most programs are geared towards those who have at least a bachelor's degree and some professional experience.
|Online Degree Levels||Bachelor's degree, master's degree, graduate certificate|
|Common Courses||Biomedical informatics, clinical systems, systems modeling, consumer health informatics|
|Other Requirements||Master's programs typically require thesis and internships|
|Online Class Environment||Class notes and lectures available through online classroom interface; on-campus component may be required|
|Median Salary (2020)||$44,090 (for all medical records and health information technicians)*|
|Job Outlook (2019-2029)||8% growth (for all medical records and health information technicians)*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Courses Will I Take?
Online clinical informatics master's degree programs typically require courses in biomedical informatics, clinical systems, information systems and consumer health informatics. You also take courses that cover health care, computer science, medicine and organizational behavior. Information system design, clinical management and social policy are also covered.
Most master's degree programs in clinical informatics require you to complete a thesis, and you might be required to participate in an internship. Online graduate certificate programs typically require you to take fewer courses, and you probably won't have to complete a thesis. The courses required cover biomedical information systems modeling, clinical informatics systems design and decision-making.
How Do Online Programs Work?
When you enroll in an online clinical informatics degree or certificate program, you access lectures, notes, assignments and other course materials through a Web-based classroom interface. Web conferences and message boards allow you to interact with instructors and classmates, often in real-time.
You work on your own time, but assignment due dates and school deadlines still apply. In some cases, on-campus time is required. Some programs require you to attend a course or seminar only once, while others require a few on-campus days each semester. Often, you can complete any required internships and projects near your home.