The School of Information offers a MS in Informatics. Data analytics is the analysis of data using quantitative and qualitative techniques to look for trends and patterns in the data. In contrast, informatics is a collaborative activity that involves people, processes, and technologies to apply trusted data in a useful and understandable way. Informatics is less technical, less theoretical, and less math-based than data analytics. Informatics is interdisciplinary and more focused on end users. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of informatics as a technical skill set focusing on user-centered systems that balance legal and ethical considerations and measures.
- Use best practices in Web application design and information architecture to design and develop user-centered knowledge structures for the Web environment and to communicate deliverables to project stakeholders.
- Evaluate and apply project management techniques and approaches (traditional, agile and extreme) effectively to achieve successful outcomes, both as project leader and team member.
- Demonstrate proficiency in using current big data and electronic records technologies to solve analytical problems, including developing policies, standards and practices in particular specialized contexts (such as health), and interpreting and communicating analysis and visualization results appropriately and accurately.
- Demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of network security, compliance and risk mitigation by evaluating and applying cybersecurity solutions to specific organizational security problems.
MS in Informatics students are prepared for careers focused on human-computer interaction by analyzing and managing data and making that data secure and actionable. Due to the broad applicability of the required core curriculum, graduates of the MS in Informatics earn a degree that can be applied to any data-driven work environment for careers focused on human-computer interaction.
Furthermore, students can select a specialization in one of the following three sectors: Health, Sports, or Cybersecurity/Privacy. Graduates are prepared for careers that include the following responsibilities: implementing web applications, understanding network security, managing large-scale data sets, designing effective human-computer interaction systems, managing projects, and building and managing digital assets management systems. Examples of careers in Informatics include: Medical Records Manager, Information Architect, Clinical Data Analyst, Web Application Developer, User Experience Architect, and Business Analyst.
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