Health Data Specialist

Health Data Specialist video

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

A degree in Health Data Specialist combines skills from the Health Information Technology program and computer programming so grads are ready to work in the healthcare industry that's moving to a more electronic stage.

Students get a solid background in security, database modeling, and cryptography. You will also learn telecommunications, electronic healthcare records software programs, and data privacy, as well as IT skills to install, maintain, and upgrade medical software.

Grads will work in a variety of medical settings, including clinics, private practices, specialty offices, and hospitals. A Health Data Specialist degree is the way to go for people who want to work in the health field but are more comfortable working with technology.

Skills Acquired

  • Examine and analyze database solutions for medical software applications to improve clinical and administrative functions
  • Identify and evaluate Web technologies on various platforms for medical applications including physician office requirements, emergency department reporting and ancillary departments such as radiology, physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Research, analyze, and distinguish among various programming techniques to implement solutions for integration of patient information in healthcare facilities
  • Define basic network concepts and compare technologies used to transfer patient information from disparate healthcare facilities
  • Learn and document how interoperability standards aid the exchange of patient information across healthcare facilities
  • Define, analyze and implement appropriate security measures for electronic health record applications to ensure data privacy and security
  • Incorporate changes from HIPAA legislation and regulations regarding security and integrity of patient data within electronic health record systems
2017 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

Career Choices

  • Healthcare integration
  • Healthcare systems analyst
  • Clinical information technology consultant
  • Technology support specialist
  • Data/application analyst
  • Application specialist
  • Documentation specialist
  • Clinical quality data coordinator

Potential Employers

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Specialty Clinics
  • Private Practices


The general education courses may transfer and are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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Contact Us

Phone: (320) 308-6155
Fax: (320) 308-5985


Program Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to pay about $2350 for books, materials, and supplies.

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