Health care is the fastest growing market in the computer field. With the federal mandate to implement the electronic health record (EHR) and the paradigm shift in the industry to health informatics, the Health Information Management (HIM) field is rapidly evolving from paper-based medical records management to an increasingly electronic environment. To accommodate this migration, skill sets for HIM professionals are expanding to include a wide range of technical expertise in specialized areas, including relational database management, data communications, programming and systems analysis.
The Health Informatics and Integrated Technology (HIIT) and Healthcare Database Management & Design (HDMD) programs are designed for students interested in a non-clinical care IT profession in the health care industry that merges both the health care background with IT database and business analysis skills.
Students who successfully complete the HIIT degree could apply for IT positions such as junior database administrators (DBA), database developers, business analysts, data analysts and application analysts in the health care industry or similar positions in related industries. For a parallel non-health care degree, see the Associate in Database Management & Design under Computer Information Systems.