Careers in Health Informatics
Health informatics remains one of the fastest growing areas within healthcare in the UK and US. In the UK working as a professional health informatician, you could be introducing electronic health records for every person in the country or exploring patient data to identify trends in disease and treatment. If you love working with computers or have an analytical and inquisitive mind, then there is a job for you in health informatics. The jobs offer includes:
- Clinical informatics
- Information and communication technology
- Information management staff
- Knowledge management staff
- Project and programme management
- Education and training
- Health records and patient administrators
In the US, while hiring demand across the economy experienced a modest recovery in 2011, with total job listings up 6% in 2011 compared to 2007, demand for health informatics jobs took off, jumping 36% in that four-year period. Health care informatics jobs now constitute the 8th largest share of health care occupation postings and that share is likely to continue to grow, given the trends and pressures shaping the health care industry today.
Source: Report published in 2012 by Burning Class Careers in Focus on New Study Shows Big Jump in Hiring Demand for Health Informatics Jobs and Maps New Paths to Career Advancement.
Our Fellow Alumni Testimonials
More than 90% of our graduates from this course are currently employed (such as Chief Information Officers, Senior Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Informaticians) by major hospitals, governments or public sector, research institutions and multi-national companies in UK and overseas.
Emma Gale, United Kingdom
Head of Patient and Clinical Systems, Virgin Care
Graduated from this course in 2014
Not only has the MSc in Health Informatics given me a clearer understanding of areas within Health Informatics, that I may not come across in my Project Management role, but it has also opened up many opportunities for me. I have had the confidence to apply for posts at a much higher level than I would have applied for before. So much confidence in fact that I start my new role as Head of Patient and Clinical Systems for Virgin Care in August.
The course is interesting and informative. I enjoyed both the lectures and completing the assignments. The tutors are approachable but extremely supportive and conscientious. I would highly recommend this course for anybody who wants to further their career in the field of informatics.
Dr Hamza Al-Katranji, Saudi Arabia
Director, Healthcare Informatics, King Fahad Specialist Hospital Dammam
Graduated from this course 2012
When I started my career, I was head of informatics in a large teaching hospital in Saudi Arabia where health informatics is still in its infancy. I therefore needed to enhance my knowledge of health informatics and help to establish new ways of utilising informatics in a clinical environment. I also wished to further my career prospects, and enhance my research capabilities. This course came highly recommended, and I was also attracted to the fact that it is uniquely linked to a professional registration in health informatics with UKCHIP, and as a non IT based programme it met my needs as a health professional.
I found the course to be well organised, with a balance of lectures from both academia and industry, which made the programme much more practical, which has benefitted me enormously since graduating. I think the highlight was the support that I had from my lecturers and supervisors, especially during my dissertation period, when I gained a vast amount of knowledge about my chosen my topic and the research process as a whole.
I would say that this course has helped shape my career path, leading to a direct promotion and salary increase. I use much of what I learned during my time in Swansea on a daily basis and have enthused about the course to many of my peers and colleagues.
Nicholas Duncan Groves, Wales United Kingdom
Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Cardiff & Vale Health Board
Graduated from this course in 2009
I am a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care based in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in Wales. I would describe my role as an anaesthesia, perioperative and critical care of patients, teaching and training the same to variety of students, contributing to management and delivery of healthcare service.
Having studied MSc Health Informatics course at Swansea University had helped me understand the broad sweep of subjects within Health Informatics, so that I can better use, deploy and integrate Health Informatics in practice, increase the efficiency potential, and educate and assist other clinicians in the same.
Tai-Lien Chen, Taiwan Republic of China
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Mackey Memorial Hospital Taipei
Graduated from this course in 2008
I am currently working as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in Mackey Memorial Hospital at Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan (Republic of China). As a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, I play a role as primary caregivers for premature babies and other newborns that require special care due to low birth weight, respiratory distress, congenital heart defects or various other abnormalities and disorders. To assess, supervise and manage the progress of patients.
Since graduated and having gained the qualification and experience studying in Swansea University, I’ve been promoted to a nurse practitioner with the responsibility of supervising junior colleagues. I had also been given the opportunity to join the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund and participated in their overseas project in Kiribati where I can share my knowledge and skills.
While at Swansea University, my tutor, Tony Paget, and classmates had given me a lot of support and encouragement to complete my research and had really enjoyed my time studying the course at Swansea University.
Gaki Tshering, Thimphu Kingdom of Bhutan
Head of ICT Unit, Ministry of Health
Graduated from this course in 2006
Currently, I work at the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) as the Officiating Chief Information and Media Officer after completion of a successful career of 9 years 3 months in the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan.
My role as Head of ICT Unit in the Ministry of Health was ICT deployment in Bhutan’s Health sector focusing on transformation of healthcare delivery through use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) such as Telemedicine, Hospital Information System (Electronic Patient Record) and mHealth solutions.
MSc Health Informatics at Swansea University has helped me understand the whole process of healthcare delivery transformation through use of ICT in an international context and best practices. The course also strengthened by research abilities and critical thinking which guided me in making informed and evidence-based decisions. For me, being an international student and first time in the UK, the friendliness and helpfulness of the Health Informatics team at Swansea University ensured happy and successful completion of my course.
After completion of my course in Swansea, I was confident to organize international conferences on Telemedicine in Bhutan with support from UN, strengthen Telemedicine within the country and networks in the South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC) countries. However, the most satisfying project I spearheaded was the Health Help Center (HHC) – a 24x7 access to healthcare advisory services and emergency medical services through toll free number 112. It also included Disease algorithms, EMR and GIS systems for providing medical helpline and ambulatory services.
My supervisor, Tony Paget was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and extremely helpful. He helped me develop professionalism and independent thinking and facilitated conducive learning environment at Swansea.
Associate Professor & Course Director
MSc Health Informatics, MSc Health Data Science and MRes Health Informatics
Data Science Building, Swansea University Medical School, Singleton Park, SWANSEA SA2 8PP, Wales, UK
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