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Department of Informatics is now offering a new concentration in Health Informatics

The Department of Informatics at Fort Hays State University is now offering a new concentration in Health Informatics. This program is available through the university's virtual college but on-campus students can complete the courses as well.

The Health Informatics concentration is designed to give those already working in the healthcare industry, or hoping to work in healthcare the ability to understand the needs and demands of patient care and information security.

As the healthcare industry increasingly transitions to web-based interfaces, electronic storage and retrieval of patient information, and more sophisticated networks for medical information management, the demand for medical professionals with technology training and expertise is growing. In larger markets, technology professionals with training and expertise specific to medical industries, patient care practices, and information security have created niche demand that is not being met.

Hospitals, clinics, specialty practices, pharmaceutical, and insurance industries are aggressively recruiting this kind of professional, with a uniquely mixed background. These new positions now have some of the highest salaries in the IT field.

The Health Care Informatics concentration requires students to complete the Information Networking and Telecommunications Major Core (18 hours), the Health Informatics Concentration (22 hours), the General Education Program, as well as the required number hours of free electives. Students will be encouraged to take the Bachelor of Arts, with its language requirement, over the Bachelor of Science as a foreign language will aid in their ability to meet the needs of the health care industry.

If interested in learning more about this concentration, contact Kevin Shaffer, associate professor for the department of informatics, at 785-628-4484 or

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