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Open house set regarding SIUE’s health-care informatics degree


An open house regarding the master’s in health-care informatics program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation in Springfield.

People can register now for the fully online program.

“With increasing demand for electronic health records and professionals qualified to lead industry change, it’s a great time to pursue a degree in health-care informatics,” said Frank Lyerla, PhD, RN and director of SIUE’s master’s of health-care informatics program.

lyerla frankLyerla (left), along with SIUE faculty and staff, will answer questions about health-care informatics. The event is hosted by Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. The graduate application fee will be waived for anyone who attends the open house and applies for the program by Aug. 1.

The graduate program was developed in partnership with leaders in health-care administration. The essentials of the program include training students to effectively use computerized systems in providing quality patient health-care, according to Jerry Weinberg, associate provost for research and dean of the SIUE Graduate School.

“This master’s degree provides health-care professionals with the skills and knowledge to plan, design, implement and use information technologies,” Lyerla added. “The program is suited for professionals with a bachelor’s degree, health-care background and experience in information technology or the clinical setting.”

Health-care informatics professionals integrate the worlds of medicine and technology by combining their expertise in data management, patient care and information technology systems. The master’s in health-care informatics emphasizes the application of state-of-the-art computing technologies to health-care.

Interested participants should register online at

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