Monday, October 22, 2018
by Becky Slatin • email@example.com
BJC | Earning a master’s degree can be a challenge for working adults due to time constraints. But thanks to a variety of online programs, it’s now a viable option for BJC employees.
One popular program with BJC employees is the online master’s degree in health care informatics available through Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Nationally ranked both in programming and value, this program provides a unique opportunity for health care professionals to leverage prior education and experience to provide leadership to teams using technology to improve patient health care options.
Offered as a cohort through the BJC Institute for Learning and Development (BILD) in partnership with SIUE, the next cohort starts in January.
“This format gives employees who face challenges being in the classroom each week a convenient option,” says Beth Camp, BILD senior learning and development consultant. “Balancing work, family and classroom time can be difficult. We’ve found that the online classes allow students more flexibility in scheduling their commitments.”
The program is designed for clinical BJC employees who have technology-based responsibilities or have an interest in moving their careers in that direction.
“The SIUE master of science in health care informatics program has gained recognition as one of the best programs in the nation. In September, we were also recognized as one of the most affordable. Providing an exceptional and affordable education is essential for our program’s mission to prepare students to be innovative leaders with the ability to use technology and manage information,” says Frank Lyerla, RN, PhD, director of the SIUE program.
Students in previous cohorts have come from all walks of health care life, including nurses, pharmacists, administrators, analysts, physical therapists and other allied health professionals.
The MHI interdisciplinary program draws on classes from SIUE’s Schools of Nursing, Business, Engineering, and Education, Health and Human Behavior.
An important part of the program is the requirement of students to complete a capstone project, applying what they’ve learned to a real health care informatics problem, often related to their areas of interest.
“The ability to work on real-life problems and to be recognized in process change at BJC as a result of the capstone project provides a unique opportunity for our students,” Lyerla says.
SIUE’s online health care informatics graduate program recently gained candidacy status through the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
“The stringent CAHIIM accreditation process ensures the program is meeting the latest standards in an ever-changing field and enables graduates to take certification exams following graduation,” Lyerla says.
For more information about the program, contact Beth Camp, 314-362-0875 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.BJCLearn.org and, under Degree Programs, scroll to Graduate and select the Master of Health Informatics link to SIUE’s program and admissions information.
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