Health informatics is the application of information science and information technology in the service of better health and better healthcare. We study, develop, and improve innovative information technologies in healthcare. To apply these information technologies effectively, we also study human and organizational behavior.
Our core curriculum covers three domains. In the information science and technology domain, students study statistical methods, data management, data mining and natural language processing, informatics standards, and technology infrastructure. In the health and healthcare domain, students learn about healthcare nationally and internationally, shadow physicians, and visit clinics and hospitals. In the social and behavioral sciences domain, students study human factors, human-computer interaction, and diffusion of innovation to learn how to position information systems for success. All students also have access to courses from our other divisions as well as Cornell Tech as electives.
Every student gains practical experience in informatics problem-solving by working with a client from our network of healthcare organizations to complete an individual or team capstone project.
Full-time students can complete the health informatics curriculum in 12 months, and part-time students in 18-24 months.
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Students come from backgrounds in healthcare, biomedical sciences, and computer science. Their diversity creates a unique, collaborative learning environment. For more information about what we are seeking in our applicants, please take a look at our prerequisites.
Being in New York City is a huge asset. Local institutions collaborating with Weill Cornell Medicine include New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery, The Rockefeller University, the State Department of Health, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and more.
Students innovate through cutting edge topics in healthcare such as big data, data mining, and analytics. This track offers a blend of healthcare system knowledge and key technical skills.
Our alumni hold positions in data and policy analysis, health information technology, process improvement, quality assessment, and more. Many alumni pursue doctoral studies.
Our faculty are nationally recognized experts in a wide range of fields including health informatics, biostatistics, epidemiology, comparative effectiveness, and health outcomes. They have an enormous reservoir of both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in many different aspects of healthcare, as well as personal networks of connections with academia and industry.
The culminating capstone aims to help students discover and develop new and effective ways of managing and working together with stakeholders in healthcare while gaining real-world experience.
Our faculty are nationally recognized experts in a wide range of fields including informatics, biostatistics, computational methods, comparative effectiveness, and health policy, and our NYC location allows for collaboration between local healthcare industry experts.