Careers

Health informatics is one of the fastest growing career fields. By combining their skills in public health and information, health informatics professionals can undertake many unique and important roles.

Resources for MHI Students

Career services resources in both the School of Information (UMSI) and School of Public Health (SPH) are available to master's degree students. Additionally, MHI students may take full advantage of workshops, employer presentations, and much more in both schools.

For more information, visit the UMSI Career Development and the SPH Graduate Career Development pages.

Careers in Health Informatics

Forecasts of national demand provide a strong indication of high level of future demand in the area of health informatics. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, projects that employment in health informatics and related fields will grow nearly 17% from 2014-2024, much faster than average for all professions.

Graduates of the program will work in a wide range of settings and roles within them. Their activities will reflect the positioning of this program to prepare leaders at the forefront of a dynamic field.

  • Graduates with interests in human behavior may lead visioning and strategy for new ways of leveraging information to promote the improvement of individual health behaviors.
  • Individuals with entrepreneurial aspirations may lead the development of applications or systems that improve the ways consumers and clinicians access and use information.
  • Those with technical interests may find roles as application designers and developers, consultants, system analysts, and entrepreneurs.
  • Individuals with analytical and quantitative skills can become quality improvement analysts, data miners, evaluation specialists, or clinical and public health researchers.
  • Policy-minded graduates can be part of a new generation of informatics-enabled policy analysts and engage with ongoing health reform.
  • Those who enter the program from the health professions will be able to assume positions as medical, nursing, or public health information or technology officers who envision new solutions to health care and delivery.

MHI 2017 Employment Report

The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) Career Development Office surveys our graduates to identify their post-graduation plans and outcomes. This report summarizes first-destination employment outcomes from 2016 Health Informatics HI graduates who completed the survey by the deadline or for whom a known outcome was reported in other ways. Of the HI students who graduated in 2016, 90% responded to the survey or reported their outcomes in other ways. Read the entire 2017 Employment Report to find out where graduates are working, in what industries they're employed, their average salary and more.