Value Colleges, the college assessment and ranking site focused on helping its readers choose financially responsible education options, recently ranked USF Health’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics No. 1 overall in its list of the Top 50 Health Informatics Master’s Degree programs in the U.S.
USF earned the distinction thanks to the way the program is designed, with its convenient online format providing an ideal fit for current nurses and healthcare managers looking for more IT expertise and IT professionals looking to transition into healthcare.
Additionally, the program is the only one of its kind to be offered by a medical school and, as the Value Colleges article notes, boasts competitive tuition rates. The Morsani College of Medicine is ranked as one of the nation’s top medical schools by U.S. News and World Report and has one of the leading teaching hospitals in the country.
The program is highly regarded for its innovative curriculum and a world class faculty composed of nationally recognized researchers and physicians who are experts across a wide range of specialties that impact health informatics.
“We teach in the areas of our expertise, and while our research and work areas come from different disciplines, we are housed at the same institution and interact regularly,” co-director of the informatics programs Dr. Athanasios Tsalatsanis said. “This creates a cohesive experience for our students.”
Methodology Behind the Rankings
The Value College ranking systems only consider regionally accredited, reputable universities and ranks them based on factors such as cost based on data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), reputation according to U.S. News and World Report, and success measured by the average salary of alumni.
Through these metrics, Value Colleges aims to determine which schools provide a “strong return on a graduate’s investment of time, work, and money.”