UW Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management



[Kathleen]
The reason why I entered the Master's HIHIM program is, one to really learn at a macro
level how hospitals operate using enterprise wide health information systems. [Hamed]
You really need to have a pretty holistic view of everything to make technology worthwhile,
to make the systems work for patients, doctors, and everyone in between. [Kathleen]
The curriculum is pretty all inclusive, I would say we start off with some leadership
courses, and then we learn about really great tools for conflict and management resolution
methods, so that we can start using that in a real work environment. And then we start to learn about health information
systems, we get down into the real details into health informatics. Learning about the information governments,
health informatics, health analytics and then we learn, also about policies, ethics, privacy
and information security as well. [Hamed]
They also bring great guest speakers. We've had a lot of CIO's come and speak with
us. A lot of directors for various organizations,
and a lot of times that's the most valuable part of some of the courses. [Hamed]
You do not really necessarily need an IT background, you don't need a technology background, and
you don't need a healthcare background, you just need to have an interest in learning
this, and a passion for, you know, improving healthcare for patients. [Kathleen]
I've had classmates who are operations managers. I have classmates who are information or IT
application analysts, so they're really, their work is really focused in IT, and then we
have, even one of my classmates is going back to medical school. [Hamed]
The professors are a great combination of academic and professional. Most of them bring with them years of experience
in the industry, which is great. [Kathleen]
The diversity from the professor's is very helpful because one of my goals, getting into
the program is, right, learning about the macro level of how hospitals operate. Not just from health, from the health information
or IT side, but how do we affect all the other different departments. I think that our classmate, our cohort has
definitely created a network that we can share our experiences. We can grow together, we often share new positions
that have opened up within our organization. [Hamed]
I know I have the opportunity to make decisions that really impact the outcome of patients'
lives.

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