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[August 29, 2018]


Downstate Medical Informatics Education Ranked Among Most Affordable Degrees and a Top Tier Medical Informatics Program in New York

BROOKLYN, NY— SUNY Downstate Medical Center announced today that the College of Health Related Professions will start accepting enrollment applications for the fall 2019 graduate program in Medical Informatics. SUNY Downstate's Medical Informatics program currently ranks among the most affordable the top Medical Informatics programs in New York. The fall 2019 application is open through May 15, 2019.

SUNY Downstate's Medical Informatics program ranked as the #1 Most Affordable Master's Degree Program (2017); #6 Best Medical Informatics Programs in New York (2018); and #13 in the Top 20 Master's Degrees in Health Informatics in the nation (2018).

"The success of our academic programs is rooted in our commitment to providing a world-class education in one of the most diverse learning environments in New York City," said Wayne J. Riley, MD, President of SUNY Downstate. "We owe our remarkable reputation, not just to our faculty and staff, but to our students who continue to embody the core values of SUNY Downstate in the various communities that they serve."

SUNY Downstate's Medical Informatics program boasts a record of over 93 percent graduation rate and a 98 percent five year post-graduation employment rate. The program is highly competitive and accepts 25 full or part-time students for fall-only enrollments. The 2018-2019 per-credit cost for the program is $462 for in-state students and $944 for out-of-state students.

"The program utilizes an intensive hands-on educational approach in Medical Informatics that prepares our graduates to contribute to the success of their future employers immediately," said Allen Lewis, Ph.D., Dean of Downstate's College of Health Related Professions. "The demand for trained medical informaticists is high, and our graduates are some of the most sought-after informatics professionals upon completion of the program because they have been exposed to real world clinical experience."

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth rate of more than 13 percent in Informatics over the next decade, driven by rapid-fire changes in the healthcare industry's organizational structures, technology, and workflows.

"Downstate is a leader in providing opportunities for students in careers in which they can make a difference," said Mohammad Faysel, Ph.D., Interim Chair Medical Informatics program. "Our curriculum is guided by many principles including offering an extensive clinical experience that prepares our students to function effectively in a variety of health care contexts."

Career options for graduates include, but are not limited to, clinical application analysts, specialists in electronic medical record (EMR) systems, or project managers.

For more information on the master's program in Medical Informatics, visit


About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 376-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital is Downstate’s teaching hospital and is backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to University Hospital, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health-Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit