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Health informatics Vs Bioinformatics

I got admitted to Bioinformatics and health informatics graduate program in The University of Texas El paso and University of Missouri, columbia respectively. I could not decide between the two courses as I am not sure which of them has good career options. By the way, I stay in US. So please members of this forum help me in getting a better perspective. I will be awaiting for your replies.

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  • The field of health informatics is getting crowded with people with technology orientation. The bioinformatics—with emphasis on biomedical sciences—has more challenging opportunities and a growing field with better career options.
    • thanq :)

    • I respectfully disagree with this. I found the field of Bioinformatics very "crowded" and limited to academic or industry settings. I switched to Health Informatics and have been very happy with the work environment and unlimited job opportunities.
      • Guess I should check the dates of the posts before responding, LOL!!
  • With my limited knowledge......

    Bio informatics is subset of Health Informatics. Informatics deals with Information + Technology. Helath Informatics covers, hospitals, Govt, Diseases, Patient , Privacy, Security, Technology etc....whreas Bio Informatics restricted scope.  Helath Informatics will have broaded job opprtunity. If you are interested in research in a specicfic area then Bio informatics better. As healthcare domain is expanding in bigger way I feel Health Informnatics has better scope.

     

    Regards

    Murguan.K

     

    • Thank you :)
      • Hi Pravallika,  I am currently doing my Master's in Healthcare Administration @ University of Houston,clearlake. I wish to transfer for any good university offering Health Informatics in affordable fees.I which university are you pursuing your M.S.  right now. Let me know which university are you in? and also let me know your e.mail i.d. as I have few more queries. awaiting for your reply.

        Thank you

        harikrishna.madeti@gmail.com

  • hi pravallika,

    both are exciting fields and have good career option ....

    It depends on you ,in which of reserch  you are interested in....

    but in case of bioinformatics ..i would say u require a good molecular biology,advance mathematics and programming (especially JAVA , "R-programming" etc)knowledge to develop sophisticated algorithms in bioinformatics ...and if u have such skills then i would say bioinformatics is a field for you ...as it has v.good job prospects and has good funding if u want to go for PhD ...and people with such skills are rare...

     

    Hope it helps!!

     

    Cheers!!!!

    Krishna,

    Btech(Bioinformatics).

    • I don't have any programing background. Need to take pre courses before starting the actual program. I am afraid if I can learn in such a short period as I have no previous knowledge. Being a pharmacy student I learned about molecular biology and genetics but the curriculum wasn't that deep. This is what makes me so confused.
  • It is all about your intrest and educational back ground. Bioinformatics revolve around pure scientific nucleus like study and analysis of genes , protiens and other genetic material stuff but health informatics domain is more scatered and deal with data of clinical , social , pharmaceutical domain etc. so analyze your intrest in this prospect

    regards.

     

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