CAHIIM Grants Drexel CCI Accreditation for Master of Science in Health Informatics Program

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The College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) at Drexel University is pleased to announce that its Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) degree program was granted full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

CAHIIM is an independent accrediting organization whose mission is to serve the public interest by establishing and enforcing quality Accreditation Standards for Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIM) educational programs.

With this accreditation, Drexel’s MSHI program is ensured to meet the rigorous academic standards set forth by CAHIIM, and is the first CAHIIM-accredited health informatics program in the Greater Philadelphia area. Students who graduate from CCI’s CAHIIM-accredited program are eligible to sit for professional certification exams including Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) offered by AHIMA.

“With recognition from the top accrediting body in health informatics and information management education, our MS in Health Informatics program is recognized among the best programs in the nation," said Professor and MSHI Program Director Christopher C. Yang, PhD. "Our interdisciplinary curriculum, led by a world-class faculty, is helping health and computing professionals to advance their knowledge in the health IT field and achieve their career goals."

Drexel’s MSHI program is a 45-credit online program that provides students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds with the knowledge of how to use information technology efficiently and responsibly to improve health outcomes. MSHI students are able to tap into the vast expertise of partner colleges at Drexel, including the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Dornsife School of Public Health and LeBow College of Business.

The mission of the MSHI program is to advance national healthcare goals by preparing health informatics professionals to exercise leadership in an increasingly patient-centered and data-driven environment. The program pursues this mission by offering an interdisciplinary, broad-based curriculum that encourages engagement with industry and fosters both research-based and experiential learning.

CCI faculty, in collaboration with healthcare institutions, are actively engaged in research projects in the areas of healthcare data analytics, innovative healthcare system design, and human-computer interaction in medical systems and devices. Through these partnerships, CCI offers capstone projects for MS in Health Informatics students to gain valuable, hands-on experience.

As the healthcare system relies more and more on technology for patient care and research, health informatics specialists are needed to help make sense of the increasing amounts of data (such as electronic medical records, vitals, etc.). The health informatics job outlook is bright, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a positive job outlook until 2024 with approximately 14% growth for health technologists and technicians.

Graduates of the program can earn positions such as Medical Director of Informatics, Compliance Officer or Risk Manager, Database Administrator, Systems Analyst, Senior Informatics Analyst, and/or Nursing Informatics Analyst.

To learn more, please visit CCI’s MS in Health Informatics webpage.

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