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October 08, 2014

University Adds Master's Programs for Healthcare Business Intelligence, Computer Science

Cloud computing, big data, mobile technology — three of the biggest trends in information technology are changing the way the healthcare industry deals with information and creating a big need for trained healthcare IT professionals.

The increased use of technology for healthcare applications is the primary factor for this growing need. The North American healthcare information technology market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.4 percent to reach $31.3 billion by 2017 from $21.9 billion in 2012, according to a new report titled “North American Healthcare IT Market Report 2013-2017.”

To meet the need, American Sentinel University announced revised online programs for Master of Science Business Intelligence and Analytics (MSBIA) and Master of Computer Science and Healthcare Computing (MCSHC).

“As a leading provider of high-demand healthcare degrees, American Sentinel understands the constant need for a better educated healthcare industry. By enhancing our programs and courses, students are offered a new level of education,” said Blair Smith, Ph.D., dean, informatics-management-technology programs at American Sentinel University. “The learning outcomes mapped to these enhancements provide the healthcare industry with highly-prepared professionals who will play a significant role in patient safety, quality of care and managing modern medical technological shifts.”

According to the university, the MSBIA is a nationally accredited, 36-credit hour online program that focuses on preparing students to understand and apply technologies that identify, extract and analyze business data. The program teaches students to quantify business operations and how to use data to understand and improve them.

“As one of the first universities in the nation to offer a graduate business intelligence degree, American Sentinel recognizes that BI is a key component in emerging and growing business trends,” Smith said. “We’ve updated this program to reflect the latest industry trends as business intelligence and analytics look to play an even bigger role in healthcare organizations.”

The MCSHC degree also is a nationally accredited, 36-credit hour online program. It focuses on the skills necessary to design and develop real-world administrative information systems and methodologies, according to the university.

“Working professionals can benefit from our redesigned programs and gain advanced knowledge and experience that are essential to keeping their company or organization competitive and helping them increase their job security and upward mobility,” Smith said.

The revised degree programs launched on Oct. 6.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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