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TWU to offer informatics programs beginning this fall

DENTON— Informatics is among the fastest-growing fields in the nation. Three new programs offered at Texas Woman’s University this fall will prepare professionals to meet this high demand.

TWU will offer bachelor’s degree programs in informatics and health informatics, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate program in informatics for those seeking additional education and training in informatics.

“Informaticists can work in a wide range of career fields, so we’ve taken a broad-based, interprofessional approach to these degree programs,” said Don Edwards, professor and chair of TWU’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. “Our emphasis on interdisciplinary education puts the university in an ideal position to bring together the fields of math, computer science, nursing, health studies and more.”

Informatics is an interdisciplinary field that focuses not just on data and information, but the impact of that information on the world around us. Professionals in this field design education programs, study situations and determine where resources are needed, or analyze trends in diseases, lifespans, and much more.

“The interprofessional approach allows us to teach all students together, so that when they work together in a community, they understand each other’s roles. It levels the playing field,” said Mari Tietze, associate professor of nursing at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.

Robert Neely, TWU provost and vice president for academic affairs, added, “TWU has long been a leader in health education, thus our health programs have always evolved with the changing expectations and professional practices in the fields,” said

W. Stephen Love, president and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, said both historic trends and recent studies have indicated a significant need for professionals trained in the analysis, management and application of information.

“These individuals support an organization’s initiatives to improve patient care delivery while reducing the related health care costs,” Love said. “Health care informatics is a needed profession within the workforce of hospitals, and the demand for talented people will continue to increase into the future.

“Additionally, TWU’s interprofessional approach to teaching health informatics will prepare students for the complex business needs of today’s health care organizations.”

For more information on TWU’s new bachelor of science degree programs in informatics and health informatics, visit www.twu.edu/informatics.

For more information on TWU’s post-baccalaureate certification in interprofessional informatics program, visit www.twu.edu/informatics-certificate.


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Karen Garcia
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