I have a BA and a BSN, both from “brick and mortar” schools. I wanted to keep my education local (in Ohio). I liked that UC was a reputable university that I could attend online.
As an RN, I considered pursuing my MSN or a Nursing Informatics degree; however, these programs did not have the core classes or skills I wanted and that companies were advertising for in job descriptions. I was ecstatic when I saw the list of classes in the Health Informatics program – these were exactly what I needed!
One of the best things about the Health Informatics program is how versatile it is. I currently work in Clinical Informatics and use many of the key concepts taught in the core classes; however, completing the program also opens many doors for me. I enjoy analytics, data visualization, workflow improvement, project management, and quality outcomes. The Health Informatics program provides a solid foundation for me to leverage my current work experience in new directions I previously never could have considered possible.
Informatics is an exciting and rapidly evolving field. Diverse interests and skills are accommodated in a wide variety of fields to a high degree of specialization.
A friend and colleague had pulled me in the direction of UC when she found out I needed to discover a new path or change Universities due to the program being dropped. I was following the path of my Associate degree and there were limited programs for Health Information Management at that time. Reviewing the program courses and obtaining feedback from past alumni helped me decide that the UC was the right fit for me.
Being a non-nurse in the medical field can be difficult finding and holding footing within this demanding area of expertise. While I was completing my bachelor’s degree I had interviewed for a position with Informatics and found this spark interest and a desire to learn more. The position did not require a nursing degree; however, it was preferred, and I was not chosen over a caregiver who had one. This made me realize that if I held a master’s degree I could one step closer to this reality and the UC provided this for me. Having already completed a degree I was familiar with the format and expectations going forward. The program was robust and would fit my needs perfectly.
My degree has been moving me forward into where I have found my passion. The process has been enlightening and engaging throughout and has given me the strength and knowledge to pursue my passion. Each course has given me the building blocks for a successful career in informatics and I am very excited to use this in the future.
The journey has been long but has been well worth every step!
I selected UC for my undergraduate and graduate degrees because of the notoriety of both programs and the world-acclaimed co-op and work study programs. There is also a history of attendance in my family.
With a Master’s in Health Informatics, I was able to leverage my undergraduate degree and my professional experience. I wanted to be able to apply my knowledge and skillset to an industry that provides me with greater purpose.
In many ways I will be able to utilize my new skills and professional connections to increase my opportunities and my compensation.
I selected UC because of its comprehensive curriculum. After comparing several schools, it was clear that UC had a great selection of courses for industry-specific topics such as data analytics, business intelligence, and project management. The hands-on component of many of the courses was also a draw, especially the training in database, statistical computing, and data visualization software. The remote nature of the program allowed me to obtain my degree from the comfort of my own home and at my own pace.
My motivation to pursue the program was birthed out of an interest between the intersection of nursing and technology. Informatics really focuses on striking a balance between people, processes, and technology. I wanted to be involved with helping improve patient care from this angle. The medical field is always evolving and adapting to new technology. As medical advancements occur, there must be people in place who are trained to maximize these opportunities and find harmony between each of these areas. UC provided the foundation for me to become one of these people.
My Master of Health Informatics degree will help me pursue a high-level role with an emphasis on healthcare data analytics. I plan to use the technical skills I gained in the program to help health systems successfully engage and manage the health information technology within their facilities.
Overall, I had a great experience at UC. The faculty always encouraged a high degree of professionalism, not only toward coursework, but within the industry itself. We were continuously exposed to opportunities for professional development, networking, and certification. I also enjoyed working alongside and learning from various professionals in different areas of the medical, business, and technology fields as part of UC’s interprofessional education program. UC’s Master of Health Informatics program is definitely worth a serious look!
I was fortunate enough to have an amazing support system both personally and professionally. It was important to me to find that same support system within a university, and UC offered just that. The student success coordinators and faculty made every step easy to navigate. As one of the first students to pilot the accelerated BSHIM to MHI program, I was able to be a part of something new and exciting. I now use my experiences to mentor prospective and incoming MHI students.
The Master’s in Health Informatics (MHI) degree fulfilled my interest in both data analytics and health information technology. Initially, I had planned on pursuing a Master’s in Healthcare Administration (MHA) but with the MHI program I had the opportunity to save time and money through the accelerated BSHIM to MHI program. After careful consideration, I realized the MHI program offered everything I desired in my career path. Not only did this program fulfill my interests, but it offered me an opportunity to achieve my educational goals in a more efficient manner.
Utilizing this degree in combination with my extensive knowledge in health information management will provide me with the tools I need to leverage my skills in improving healthcare quality. A Master’s in Health Informatics provides a truly unlimited number of opportunities as the demand for healthcare analytics continues to grow.
I feel fortunate to have served as a mentor and to have shared my experiences with other students. I am forever grateful to the University of Cincinnati for awarding me with the opportunities and experiences I have endured over the past few years.
While working on my Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM) at UC, I was informed of the accelerated BSHIM to Master of Science Health Informatics (MHI) program. After researching the program curriculum and learning more about the benefits of the accelerated program, I decided it was my best choice to allow me to save money, graduate sooner, and excel in my career in HIM. As a busy mother and professional, the 100% online program was most suitable for me as well.
For me, it was a tossup between the Master of Science in Health Administration (MHA) program and Master of Science in Health Informatics (MHI) program. Ultimately, the MHI program aligned more closely with my BSHIM degree, and the accelerated program was an additional benefit, allowing me to begin the program prior to completing my undergraduate degree. With the MHI program focusing on innovation, data, and technology in healthcare, I knew this was the right program to allow me to become a suitable leader in the current healthcare landscape.
The MHI program allowed me to grow my professional and leadership skills in a way that is relevant to healthcare and Health Information Management. The program focus aligns perfectly with my career goals and leveraging data and technology in the field of HIM.
I was able to work with a community health system to complete a project of process improvement to reduce duplicate and mixed medical records incidents.
The last three years at UC have been a phenomenal experience. The support received from student success, program directors, professors, and my cohorts have been a large contributor to my success. I also have already been able to advance in my career and showcase the skill and knowledge I have gained in the program. My love for UC has grown so much, I have joined the university as an Adjunct Instructor, which I reference as my “fun job.”
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