SIUE’s Online Healthcare Informatics Program Ranked #6 Nationally

Frank Lyerla, director of SIUE’s master’s of healthcare informatics program.

“This collaborative approach produces marketable graduates ready to meet industry demand.”

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville online master’s in healthcare informatics has been ranked sixth in the nation by for the second consecutive time.

Healthcare informatics professionals integrate the worlds of medicine and technology by combining their expertise in data management, patient care and information technology systems. The master’s in healthcare informatics emphasizes the application of state-of-the-art computing technologies to healthcare.

“The combination of our faculty and the SIUE administration, along with information technology personnel and community healthcare partners, has led to the successful implementation of our fully online master of science in healthcare informatics program,” said Program Director Frank Lyerla, PhD, RN. “This collaborative approach produces marketable graduates ready to meet industry demand.”

The ranking involves factors such as graduation rate, retention rate, financial aid offerings, and more, providing programs that offer the best return on investment, not just low tuition prices.

“SIUE developed this program in a corporate partnership with BJC HealthCare in 2010 to ensure their workforce would be well-trained to meet demands related to implementing electronic health records and securing patient data across the system,” said Mary Ettling, interim director of the Office of Educational Outreach. “Meanwhile, the program has evolved in format to better accommodate the demands of working adults, allowing students to complete coursework online, and to apply newly learned skills in or to advance to new positions.”

According to, careers such as director of clinical informatics, chief medical information officer and clinical data analyst are available to master’s graduates. Management and leadership positions in healthcare informatics typically pay more than $100,000. With growth projected at 22% between 2012 and 2022, career opportunities in healthcare informatics are plentiful.

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By preparing the next generation of leaders in a knowledge-based economy, SIUE’s Graduate School fulfills the region’s demand for highly trained professionals. Graduate school offerings include arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, nursing and interdisciplinary opportunities. SIUE professors provide students with a unique integration of theoretical education and hands-on research experiences. Students can obtain graduate certificates or pursue master’s degrees, and be part of a supportive learning and rich intellectual environment that is tailored to the needs of adult learners. The Graduate School raises the visibility of research at SIUE, which ranks highest among its Illinois Board of Higher Education peers in total research and development expenditures according to the National Science Foundation. Doctoral programs are available in the Schools of Education (EdD) and Nursing (DNP). The School of Engineering and the Department of Historical Studies feature cooperative doctoral programs (PhD), and the College of Arts and Sciences features an Environmental Resources and Policy cooperative PhD.

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Published at Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +0000