Atlanta Schools with Health Technology Programs
Atlanta, Georgia, has several schools that offer programs related to health technology at all degree levels, preparing graduates for non-clinical careers managing medical records or enhancing health care using health informatics. This article gives an overview of three of these institutions, all 20 minutes or less from downtown, and their relevant programs. It also provides facts about the schools, including enrollment, tuition, graduation rates and acceptance rates. This information is put together in a side-by-side format that makes it easy to compare the schools. At the end of the article is a little more information about another area school with relevant degree programs.
- Health information technology associate's degree programs such as those at Atlanta Technical College combine coursework and supervised internships to prepare students for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) certification exam, leading to the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential. This school is only four miles from the downtown area.
- Georgia State University, located at the heart of downtown Atlanta, offers a bachelor's degree and several master's degree options that approach health information technology from a business perspective.
- Emory University offers master's degree and graduate certificate programs focused on public health applications of health informatics. Emory is about six miles from downtown Atlanta.
Comparison of Schools
Prospective students need to look at many aspects of a school before making a decision. This table showcases pertinent facts about each institution in a format that allows for easy comparison.
|Atlanta Technical College||Georgia State University||Emory University|
|School Type||2-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, private, not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||4,098*||32,816*||14,263*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$2,816 in-state; $4,952 out-of-state*||$9,112 in-state; $23,971 out-of-state*||$49,392*|
|% of Full-Time Beginning Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||94%*||94%*||58%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||70%*||22%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||58% for full-time students; 42% for part-time students*||83% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students*||93%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011-14)||44% (4% transfer-out rate)*||53% (15% transfer-out rate)*||91%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta Technical College is part of the Technical College System of Georgia. The college offers programs of study that can result in associate degrees, diplomas or certificates of credit, including diploma and associate's degree programs in health technology.
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management Technology
Students in this degree program learn to process health information data for research, marketing and facility planning. The program addresses health records analysis and medical coding. Classes include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, healthcare management, coding and classification, pharmacotherapy and healthcare statistics. A practicum course has the student working in a medical setting to obtain hands-on training. Graduates can take the AHIMA certification exam to earn the RHIT credential. Applicants must be high school graduates at least 18 years old. They must also submit transcripts and have adequate scores on reading, math and English assessment tests.
Georgia State University
Health informatics programs from Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business incorporate information technology and health care administration, concentrating on developing and implementing technological solutions to issues in health care. Issues addressed across the health informatics programs include managing large amounts of information generated in clinical and research settings, implementing and effectively using electronic medical records, and reducing spending on health care without sacrificing the quality of the treatments.
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Clinical Health Informatics
For entrance into this program, students will need to complete 60 credits of freshman and sophomore level courses. A minimum GPA of 3.0 or better will be required as well. Topics in the program include medical terminology, U.S. healthcare policy, database management, electronic records, legal issues in healthcare, and project management.
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Health Informatics
Students will be responsible for 18-21-credits in this program where coursework will be delivered in an online format. The program requires healthcare experience and a bachelor's degree. Areas that will be explored include data analytics in healthcare, safety, information technology, and methods in quality improvement. A capstone project and residency will be required, also.
Master of Science in Health Administration
The MSHA curriculum includes eight courses in health administration and four courses in health informatics. Full-time can complete the 36-credit program in less than 1.5 years.
MBA in Information Systems - Health Informatics Concentration
The MBA program includes many of the same health informatics graduate-level courses as the Master of Science program, but adds them to an MBA program with the goal of training competent managers for information-heavy healthcare organizations, who can use technology to reduce costs associated with the U.S. healthcare system. Topics such as information privacy and financial management are touched on.
Emory University's health technology offerings cover technology's uses in both information management and cutting-edge treatments. The career Master of Science in Public Health program, housed at the university's Rollins School of Public Health, provides an online, career-focused option for graduate studies in public health, including the application of health technology. Emory also partners with Georgia Tech in offering a Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering for students looking to research and advance health technologies in areas including medical imaging and biomechanics.
Master of Science in Public Health: Public Health Informatics
The applied public health informatics concentration of the career MPH program began in 2011 and combines computer science and public health research into a practical course of study exploring technological solutions for gathering, organizing, analyzing, and using health information to advance public good. Over nine semesters, graduate students take 42 credits of online courses, including a practicum course that requires 200-400 hours of competency-based work experience at a public health organization and a poster presentation on campus. Applicants must have at least three years of professional experience.
Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics
Students who already have a bachelor's or master's degree in public health can apply to the public health informatics certificate program for in-depth study of the technical aspects of health informatics. Eight graduate-level courses, totaling 20 credit hours, cover topics like database management, software engineering, and analytics. Graduates of the certificate program can apply up to nine credit hours of certificate coursework to a public health graduate degree program at Emory.
Other School Option
Students can also find health information technology-related degree programs at Herzing University-Atlanta located nearly seven miles from the downtown area.