SREB Adds Health Informatics to Advanced Career Offerings
8 Career Pathway Curricula Available to U.S. High Schools
Atlanta, GA — The Southern Regional Education Board has added Health Informatics to the Advanced Career (AC) curricula available to all high schools.
Developed jointly with the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents (OACTS) through a grant from the Ohio Department of Education, the AC Health Informatics curriculum comprises four courses: data and use, transforming data into information, transforming information into knowledge, and problems and solutions.
Schools in Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia are already adopting AC Health Informatics courses.
The curriculum introduces students to this growing career field through a series of projects that merge information science, computer science and health care. Students use information technology, data analysis software and statistics to discover how to use data for patient care and health care industry research and planning.
“As the health care field grows in size and diversity, it will require increasingly varied and complex skills in its workers,” said Thomas N. Applegate, OACTS executive director and a longtime career-technical education administrator at both the secondary and postsecondary level. “SREB’s Advanced Career Health Informatics curriculum is providing students with not only technical skills but also the thinking, teamwork and academic skills crucial in this emerging career field.”
Health Informatics Career Opportunities
“SREB’s Health Informatics curriculum will provide students the foundational skills for entry-level jobs and postsecondary studies,” said SREB Senior Vice President Gene Bottoms. It also will show them how opportunities in this growing field can be rewarding, in terms of income and job satisfaction, and start them on a career journey.”
Completion of the four-course sequence prepares students to enter jobs such as health information technician, medical records clerk, insurance claims clerk or medical records technician – or to pursue postsecondary programs in related fields. Health informatics specialists work in nursing, pharmacy, public health, research. clinical and other settings.