Why Study Health Informatics?
Doctors depend on rock-solid information to make informed patient-care decisions. Specialists in Health Informatics ensure physicians can access exactly what they need, precisely when they need it.
Why Study Health Informatics at SUNY Downstate?
Computers have been an integral part of the healthcare workplace for years. But HIPAA regulations, new technology and a growing focus on patient safety have made information management more critical than ever.
At SUNY Downstate, the only academic health center in Brooklyn, you'll work with health providers, technologists and administrators as you learn how data fits into the patient care experience. Our computer labs are updated with the same technology you'll use on the job. And you'll even have remote access to software you'll need to complete assignments.
You can complete this master's program on a full- or part-time basis. Most classes are offered at night, which means you'll be able to work during the day.
What You Will Learn
- This five-semester program will teach you to organize, store and retrieve health information data.
- Coursework focuses on health care delivery, network architecture, database systems, medical imaging and more.
- You'll complete a full-year internship, as well as a master's essay, before you graduate.
Careers & Outcomes
Every day, healthcare organizations collect a universe of data—and they need experts who know how to handle it. There's rising demand for specialists who aren't just technically adept but also understand how medical data is used.
- Systems Administrator
- Health Informaticist
- Clinical Services Manager
- Network Manager
- Clinical Information Specialist
- NYC Health + Hospitals
Put your training to work.
You'll complete a 120-hour internship in one of the city's busiest healthcare environments, such as Downstate and King's County hospital and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
When you pitch in at the student-run Brooklyn Free Clinic, which provides free health care services, you'll help the community—and sharpen your own skills.
Build your network.
Meet working professionals and volunteer in the community through the Students of the Medical Informatics Association, a student group.