Authors: D. Cenk Erdil
Addresses: School of Computer Science and Engineering, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT 06825, USA
Abstract: The need for health informatics professionals has been on the rise. Existing health informatics programs in the USA do not adequately equip students with relevant skills to address field-specific challenges. Thus, a skills gap arises between graduating health informatics professionals, and typical job requirements in many health informatics fields; and this gap has traditionally been addressed by employing graduates with computer science and engineering degrees. Moreover, graduate programs in many health informatics fields consistently offer less credits in computer science and information technology, compared to other informatics fields. This article provides a basic analysis of both undergraduate and graduate programs in health informatics in the USA. It highlights the differences across common informatics programs in medical sciences, and proposes more STEM-focused undergraduate degree options to complement existing undergraduate programs to have an immediate effect, which could provide students proper training to help narrow this technology-specific skills gap.
Keywords: health informatics; information technology; computer science and engineering; big data; engineering education; STEM education; USA.
International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics, 2019 Vol.7 No.4, pp.366 - 383
Received: 01 Oct 2018
Accepted: 19 Feb 2019
Published online: 01 Aug 2019 *