There are 246 private not-for-profit and public schools in Pennsylvania. A total of 10 of these schools have health care informatics degree programs. Health care informatics programs are offered at 4-year colleges and universities. They are most common at the graduate level, through undergraduate programs are also available. Some programs may be offered fully or partially online. Additionally, degree programs may have further specializations.
Students who do not have previous health experience may need to take additional prerequisites before entering a program. Some programs also require students to have a previous related degree, such as a bachelor's degree in computer science. Students will get hands-on experience through research, projects or field work. In addition, graduate students may need to complete a thesis, dissertation or oral exam.
Carnegie Mellon University
A computational biology doctorate degree program with a bioimage informatics concentration can be found at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. This program is offered in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh. Student acceptance is based on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, undergraduate coursework, research statements and letters of recommendation. Core courses include machine learning, cellular and systems modeling, computational genomics and computational structural biology. The bioimage informatics concentration can cover topics in medical image analysis, biological research automation, neuroimaging, biomedical sciences and fluorescence spectroscopy.
Drexel University can be found in Philadelphia with an online health care informatics master's degree program. Students looking to start this program must provide GRE scores, work experience credit, a letter of recommendation, a resume and a statement of purpose.
All students find courses in information systems design and analysis, human-computer interaction, information assurance, software project management, distributed computing and database management. Students who don't come from a health-related background can also find courses covering health research methods, health outcome evaluation, biostatistics, health management economics and health profession leadership. These students also have to meet clinical experience requirements. Students with a health-related background may encounter courses in data mining, interactive system analysis and design, content representation and information retrieval systems. A minimum of 45 credit hours are needed for graduation.
Erie-based Gannon University has a 4-year bioinformatics bachelor's degree program. Courses include molecular cell biology, organic chemistry, database management systems, computer programming, statistics, computer information systems and data structures. In the final semester, students are expected to participate in a bioinformatics research course.
Located in Dallas, Misericordia University has a 36-credit hour health informatics master's degree program that is completed mostly online. Prospective students enter this program after earning a bachelor's degree and being employed in a health care informatics or information technology career-field. Courses provide training in project management, health informatics business, executive informatics, health informatics ethics and best practices, health system analysis, health care information systems and enterprise information governance. For program completion, students can choose to develop a thesis or take health informatics professional training courses. Full-time professionals may also enroll in a predominantly online program that leads to a Healthcare Informatics Graduate Certificate.
Saint Vincent College
Latrobe's Saint Vincent College offers a 4-year bioinformatics bachelor's degree program that combines training in computer science and biology. Topics include discrete structures, database concepts, molecular genetics, organic chemistry, proteomics and genomics. Prior to graduation, a senior research course is required.
Temple University is located in Philadelphia. Students entering this school's health informatics master's degree program need to have a bachelor's degree education, submit a personal essay, pass a computer competency examination and provide 2 graduate recommendations. The 2-year program includes courses in information systems, electronic health records, health care reimbursement systems, health profession leadership techniques, database analysis, information technology management and database design. In the final semester, students are required to participate in field studies.
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh's University of Pittsburgh has a 4-year bioinformatics bachelor's degree program, a 2-year biomedical informatics master's degree program and a 4-year biomedical informatics doctorate degree program. In order to enroll in the graduate programs, students must submit a personal statement, have a bachelor's degree and supply recent GRE scores. Prospective doctoral degree program students also take written and oral entrance examinations.
Participants in the bachelor's degree program encounter courses in data structures, genetics, JAVA programming, computational biology, statistics and bioinformatics software design. Undergraduate students must participate in a research course and fulfill a capstone experience requirement. In addition to a master's research project and oral examination, the master's degree program has training in problem-oriented programming, artificial intelligence, biomedical informatics publication, patient care environments and human-computer interaction. The doctoral degree program has the same requirements included in the master's degree program and 18 credit hours of dissertation research.
University of the Sciences
A bioinformatics master's degree program is offered at Philadelphia's University of the Sciences. To enter this program, applicants need to earn a bachelor's degree in computer science, life science or chemistry. Students choose to specialize in biotechnology or computational concepts. Regardless of the course track, training covers bioinformatics algorithms, microarray technology, bioinformatics systems design and proteomics. Before program completion, a bioinformatics master's project is needed.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Health Care Informatics Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Carnegie Mellon University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Biology with a concentration in Bioimage Informatics||$41,371*|
|Drexel University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Master of Science in Health Care Informatics||$31,519*|
|Gannon University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics||$29,258*|
|Misericordia University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Master of Science in Health Informatics,
Healthcare Informatics Graduate Certificate
|Saint Vincent College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics||$32,392*|
|Temple University||4-year, public; large city||Master of Science in Health Informatics||$16,144 for PA residents; $21,832 for out-of-state residents*|
|University of Pittsburgh||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics,
Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics,
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Informatics
| Undergraduate: $18,192 for PA residents; $28,958 for out-of-state residents,
Graduate: $22,060 for PA residents; $35,744 for out-of-state residents*
|University of the Sciences||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Master of Science in Bioinformatics||$28,080*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator