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Health Data, Analytics, & Informatics

Are you interested in the intersection of health care and technology? Does the prospect of finding new ways to leverage information and data to improve health care access and quality excite you? If so, you might consider exploring careers in health data, analytics, and informatics. Careers in this field aim to develop, manage, and maintain health information systems by collecting, analyzing, and storing patients’ medical information and ensuring that patients’ health records are accurate, complete, and secure.

Explore Career Paths and Possibilities:

Below is a list of sample roles for students and alums interested in careers in health data, analytics, and informatics, including potential internships, post-grad entry points, and higher-level positions. Roles in this area can be found in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, mental health facilities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, consulting firms, and health care/health technology firms and startups.

Potential Internships:

  • Analytics Intern
  • Health Information Intern
  • Informatics Intern
  • Information and Technology Intern
  • Information Systems Intern
  • IT Managed Services Intern

Post-Grad Entry Points*:

  • Clinical Coding Specialist
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Health Information Assistant
  • Health Information Coordinator
  • Health Program Specialist I
  • Medical Records Abstractor
  • Program Coordinator I
  • System Analyst Programmer
*Many entry-level jobs may have “I” in the position title

Higher-Level Positions:

  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Health Information Manager
  • IT Project Manager
  • Manager, Information Technology
  • Medical Coding Compliance Auditor
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technician
  • Medical Records Director
  • Medical Transcriptionists
  • Senior Programmer Analyst

Trends:

Some industries change more quickly than others, and it is important to stay informed on the latest trends in your areas of interest to ensure that you are best preparing yourself for internships and full-time roles post-graduation. Below are a few resources to get you started.

Professional Organizations:

Professional associations offer excellent opportunities for networking, finding jobs and internships, and staying up-to-date on industry issues, trends, and research. Below are a few health information-related professional associations to get you started (click here for more tips on how to effectively engage with professional groups).

Transferable Skills:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Programming skills
  • Design and development
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Management
  • Database management, Electronic Health Records (EHR), data engineering, Google analytics, programming, coding languages (hard skills)