RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nonprofit Colleges Online, a website dedicated to helping students find the best offerings in affordable online degree programs, has published a ranking of 15 Best Master's of Health Informatics Master's Degree Programs (http://www.nonprofitcollegesonline.com/best-online-masters-health-informatics/).
Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, came first in this ranking, offering students the best value with an estimated tuition cost of $14,587. University of Massachusetts Lowell in Lowell, Massachusetts, placed second with an estimated tuition of $20,520, and National University located in La Jolla, California, came in third with an estimated tuition of $22,464.
All of the schools in this ranking are nonprofit institutions, accredited by a trusted accreditation board, and offer their degree programs online with minimal or no required campus visits. Their affordability was ranked based on their current out-of-state tuition rates.
Other colleges and universities in this ranking are as follows in alphabetical order:
Drexel University - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Louisiana Tech University - Ruston, Louisiana
Michigan Technological University - Houghton, Michigan
Northwestern University - Evanston, Illinois
Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Southern New Hampshire University - Manchester, New Hampshire
Stevens-Henager College - Ogden, Utah
Troy University - Troy, Alabama
University of Maryland University College - Upper Marlboro, Maryland
University of Missouri - Columbia, Missouri
University of New England - Biddeford, Maine
University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis, Tennessee
Health informatics is the interdisciplinary study and application of information technologies in the field of healthcare and medicine. Health informatics specialists are tasked with the delivery, management, and security of highly sensitive and important medical records-- whether the implementation and maintenance of a record-keeping system for a dental office, or the operation and security of an entire hospital system's patient records and catalog. IT specialists and medical information officers are a few of the positions for which one might apply after obtaining this degree.
"As many healthcare organizations move away from paper records towards electronic systems, the need for professionals who can handle information technology within the specific context of a medical institution has grown immensely. The healthcare industry has an overwhelming demand for people with specialized training in this area," says Sam Mazany, editor at Nonprofit Colleges Online. He goes on to say, "This makes for a promising job market, so a master's degree in health informatics will be an attractive possibility for students who wish to enter a field that is full of opportunity. Online programs in particular are appealing to students who do not want to leave the job market to pursue an advanced degree. Nonprofit Colleges Online offers this ranking for the benefit of those looking for a program that promises affordability, flexibility, and a good reputation."
Nonprofit Colleges Online (http://www.nonprofitcollegesonline.com) is an online publication committed to promoting accredited institutions that put students before profits. The site helps students find affordable, distance education learning solutions by publishing rankings that make this information more readily available.
Editor, Nonprofit Online Colleges
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