Starting in the Fall of 2012 the University of Michigan will begin to offer a Master of Health Informatics program. The new program will be the first of its kind in the state. The School of Public Health and the School of Information are both responsible for providing the master’s program, which focuses quite a lot on consumer health informatics and leadership.
It is estimated that an extra 6,000 professionals within the informatics sector will be required by 2014, according to statistics from the US Bureau of Labor. They project that by 2016 the employment level for health informatics will grow by 16 percent.
Consumer health informatics is aimed at producing health solution based on research to develop new technology that can be used within the health professions. New technology will be developed including the use of mobile technology.
The director of the new program, Charles Friedman, said; “This program will emphasize the game-changing information technologies that will be used by healthcare consumers, which means all members of society, to promote health and wellness in entirely new ways.”
The two schools involved in the program say that they are both conducting a number of studies aimed at researching various aspects of health informatics.