Health Informatics Ranks in Top 20

By USF NEWS Posted Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:23

USF’s Master of Science in Health Informatics program ranks as one of the top in the nation, according to college-ranking site Value Colleges.

The 19th-ranked program recently made Value Colleges' Top 50 Best Health Informatics Master’s Degree list — which takes into account cost, average starting salary, and U.S. News & World Report rank.

The interdisciplinary program is geared toward students with backgrounds in the biosciences, computer science, and statistics. Students might learn to use data to improve medical treatment and outcomes, including by tapping into brain scan data to improve epilepsy care. They might also learn to analyze past medical records for early detection of infection.

Solve real-world problems

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting 27 percent growth in the field by 2026, recent graduates have landed jobs with companies such as Genentech and hospitals such as Cedar Sinai Medical Center. Some have gone on to pursue advanced research and clinical training.

“All of our students, regardless of their background, gain strong data science skills as well as clinical insight," says William Bosl, program director. "Many of our classes are project based, which enables students to work on real-world problems from early in the program. And, being near Silicon Valley, we also have strong entrepreneurial opportunities for students who desire it. Several of our faculty are involved in startups themselves and frequently involve students in their projects."

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