Mercer’s B.S. in Informatics degree is designed for students interested in becoming hospital employees, medical office employees, public and private health agency workers, web application developers, information technology project managers and designers, data analysts, and database developers. Informatics combines solid grounding in computer programming, mathematics, and statistics with study of the ethical and social science aspects of complex information systems.
Informatics is a broad academic field, which combines solid grounding in computer programming, mathematics, and statistics with study of the ethical and social science aspects of complex information systems. Students in an informatics program develop the skills to design, implement, and evaluate the next generation of information technology tools for different disciplines.
The degree program offers three tracks:
- Health Information Technology (HIT)
- Web Development and Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
- General Informatics
Informatics is in Demand
The U.S. Bureau of Labor forecasts that three of the top ten job growth areas will be in information technology and two of the top ten will be in healthcare. Additionally, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A 2012 survey by the Pricewaterhouse Coopers Health Research Institute found that 70 percent of health insurers, 48 percent of hospitals and 39 percent of pharmaceutical and life sciences companies plan to increase hiring of technical informatics professionals over the next two years.
Mercer’s informatics program helps students develop the skills to design, implement, and evaluate the next generation of information technology tools for different disciplines, preparing them for these high growth jobs.
Graduates of the B.S. in Informatics program will possess skills in programming/scripting, database, networking, software engineering, web application development, technology and organization, and information management. They will be prepared for roles in business, research, government, and non-profit organizations, and for graduate study in many fields including computer science, business, education, information technology, statistics, law, medicine, public health, and the natural and social sciences.
Career opportunities for graduates include:
- Application developer
- Business analyst
- Clinic health informatics specialist
- Database administrator
- Data Mining Specialist
- EMR (electric medical record) analyst
- Healthcare data analyst
- Human-computer Interaction designer
Locations where the program is offered include:
In addition to general education and elective course work, the Bachelor of Science in Informatics requires 33 semester hours in Informatics core courses, plus 15 semester hours from one of three tracks. A total of 120 semester hours are required for degree completion.
The program is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students including working adults. Classes meet once a week in the evening or on Saturdays during each session. There are two 8-week sessions per semester, as well as one 8-week and one 4-week summer session. The program format is primarily face-to-face with approximately 30% of the core and track courses available online or through a hybrid format.