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Healthcare Data Analytics

A bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Data Analytics is the exciting new frontier. It’s a program that combines medicine, data and business under a single area of study. And it’s transfer-friendly.

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Course information  

The core courses allow students to explore the healthcare data analytics major and the health management major simultaneously.

Transfer Friendly - Get your degree in two years

Are you thinking about transferring to Carlow University? The Healthcare Data Analytics program is a perfect choice, with our Transfer-Friendly 2 year plan. You could take all of the required major courses within 2 years. Talk to an admissions counselor today to see how your credits might transfer. 

Quick Facts:

  • The Job Outlook for 2016-2026 is projected at 20% growth, with 72,100 new jobs needed in Healthcare Data Analytics.*
  • The 2015 median income of Medical and Health Service Managers at $94,500.00 – these are individuals that have a Baccalaureate degree but less than 5 years experience in the field. *
  • Core classes allow you to explore health management
 * data via the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Health Care Data Analytics and why is it important?

Data analytics in the health industry is critical, as it is changing the way our medical community models, tracks, and predicts patient outcomes and overall performance activities. For example - the ability to deliver real-time insights about the financial performance of a hospital, or how a patient (or group of patients) are responding to a certain medication, are just a few ways the use of data is vital to the health care industry. From many different perspectives - patient health, organizational performance, financial accountability, and many others - health care data analytics is having a tremendous impact on everyone.

How is technology impacting health care?

The delivery model for health service is changing, with the traditional doctor's office not being the only place where services can be provided and received. As technology improves and becomes more common in our lives, online visits with medical providers, remote monitoring of patients, and even mobile devices are being utilized to improve patients lives.

What are some of the keys to improving the use and usefulness of data analytics?

As every piece of data gathered from patients is important, this needs to be transformed into meaningful and usable information. In a practical way, connecting our systems so that data can be shared is a key component so that all information can be used to make comprehensive decisions. Having a patients' medical record, medication list, payment data, insurance, and all other points of data help care givers provide the best service - as well as help them design treatment plans that will be the most effective. Predictive modeling, based on performance models and trend data, are helping clinicians keep people healthier and for longer periods of time. The use of data is giving us longer life-expectancies, and giving us a better quality of life.  

Healthcare Data Analytics Program Director

The World of Possibilities

“People who understand data and can use it: there’s a need for those folks in all different areas.” 

Michael Kistler, head of the HIMA program at Carlow

Michael Kistler has worked in the health care field for more than 20 years, starting with his time as a medical logistics officer for the military. 

Setting up hospitals and coordinating supplies sparked Kistler’s interested in medical care. Then Kistler started thinking about medical data, wondering what we can do with it and how it can be helpful. 

Read Dr. Kistler's story.


Highlighted Courses

HIMA 302 - Health Informatics and Analytics 
Health information management operations, and the use of the data generated throughout the health care system, is the focus of this course. This study of database analysis, design, and theory – as well as the use of data management systems in health care – will provide the students with a greater overall understanding of health informatics and analytics.   
HIMA 402 - Health Care Leadership and Management Issues 
This course facilitates the students’ understanding and use of health information, along with leadership strategies, in the management of hospital systems. Change management, focusing on outcomes and project goals/deliverables, is a focus of the course. Health industry case studies will be used to highlight issues, as well as explain lessons learned.
HIMA 407 - Professional Practicum
The professional practice experience (PPE) provides students with an internship experience, with the goal being that the student can partner with clinical, educational, technical, or other facilitators to gain knowledge and experience in the health information management and analytics field of their choosing. The ultimate goal is a final placement in the industry and position of their choosing, one that matches the students’ interests with the industry’s needs.

this is a small sample of courses available in the Healthcare Data Analytics program. Click here for the full course curriculum.

For more information about Healthcare Data Analytics, you can check out the official website for the American Health Information Management Association. See also the American Medical Informatics Association and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society