Health Information Technology (HIT)
UMBC's in-person Health Information Technology program is designed to prepare computer science, information systems, healthcare professionals, and other experienced professionals to fill a range of opportunities within the healthcare profession. These might include: Clinical Care Informatics, Research/Clinical Trial Informatics, Management Consulting, Managed Care, Pharmaceuticals, Government, and Consumer Electronic. UMBC’s Health Information Technology graduate program is offered at the UMBC Main Campus in Catonsville.
Why Health Information Technology?
Health Information Technology has emerged as a critical domain of global competition that reaches across the social, economic and political realms of influence. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information technicians is projected to grow much faster than the average occupation in coming years, with an expected 20% employment increase through 2018. This integration has accelerated in recent years because of the pressing national priorities in the US about reducing healthcare costs, improving the quality of care, and obtaining better health outcomes. With its large population and dynamic health and health care environment, Baltimore-Washington is one of the most promising regions in the nation for graduate programs in the Health Information Technology.
- UMBC is uniquely positioned to provide education and training that respond to the state’s need for qualified technical professionals in the field of healthcare:
- For six years running (2009-2014), UMBC was ranked #1 in the U.S. News and World Report’s list of “national up-and-coming” universities.
- Employers in the Baltimore, DC, and Northern VA region exhibit greater growth in health informatics and Health Information Technology positions than employers nationally; the region experienced a 44 percent increase in the total number of positions of Health Informatics and Health Information Technology positions from 2007-2012.
- Baltimore region employers exhibit great demand for graduates of applied, technical programs than for research-focused graduates.
- Students in Health Information Technology programs largely fund their own education. Working professionals also often qualify for their employer’s tuition reimbursement programs.
- Regional employers are interested in hiring veterans, especially to support their VA and MHS clients
- UMBC’s Health IT program is sensitive to working professionals and work life balance by offering evening, weekend, hybrid course options