Nicholas Mercado, Graduate Program Director and Co-Executive-in-Residence, 516-463-7017
Adjunct Assistant Professor Behiri, Co-Executive-in-Residence
As defined by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, health informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of IT-based innovations in health care services delivery, management, and planning. As a direct outcome, health informaticists are able to take on roles such as health information systems specialists, health data analysts, managers, and consultants in various fields. A few examples of these fields would include health information technology corporations, health care service providers, such as hospitals or integrated delivery networks (IDN) and their business partners as well as public health agencies. This program is designed for aspiring and committed clinicians or IT professionals who are interested in becoming health informaticists or expanding their knowledge in the area of health informatics. Graduates of the program will be familiar with current health information systems and technologies and will be prepared to analyze, design, and manage evolving health information systems for a wide variety of clinical, administrative, and research purposes.
A key and integral part of the program is a 6 s.h. practicum (HIT 300A and 300B) during which students are assigned to rotations at affiliated health information system departments at locations, such as Northwell Health and other health systems. Practicum provides students with hands-on experience in many health informatics areas, such as electronic medical records, health information exchange and integration, and data analytics, among other options. Located in various settings, these health information system rotations offer training in all disciplines of health informatics and provide the opportunity for exposure and hands on experience in a wide variety of health care related information systems.