Andrea Mapua at her internship at the University of Texas at Dallas Center for Brain Health
TWU health informatics undergraduate student Andrea Mapua at her internship at the University of Texas at Dallas Center for Brain Health.


Turn Big Data into Big Ideas with new TWU Informatics degrees

By introducing bachelor’s degrees in both informatics and health informatics, along with a brand-new master’s degree in informatics, TWU is responding to the needs of today’s employers. The university has added 39 new informatics courses, creating a multifaceted program with a total graduate/undergraduate portfolio of more than 70 courses.

According to Glassdoor, “data scientist” is the top job for 2018. The Jobs Rated Almanac lists informatics-related fields in its top 10 salaries, including:

  • #6 Data Scientist: average income $124,149
  • #10 Computer Systems Analyst: average income $81,150

Average annual salaries for Informatics jobs

Clinical Informaticist: $79,575
Junior Data Scientist: 82,430
Data Scientist: $120,694
Lead Data Scientist: $127,375 per year
Senior Data Scientist: $139,811 per year
Source: http//, nationwide as of August 2019

A New Frontier for Women

By encouraging me to network with other female students and engage in conversations with supportive professors, TWU has given me the confidence I need to succeed in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Andrea Mapua, TWU health informatics alumna

Percent of all professional occupations in the 2019 U.S. workforce held by women: 57%
Percent of professional computing occupations in the 2019 U.S. workforce held by women: 26%
Source: National Center for Women and Information Technology

Working at the intersection of technology and society

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"My work as a course assistant and tutor helped me discover a passion for teaching others. I love seeing my work reflected in my peers' success in their statistics courses. My involvement outside of the classroom combined with the support of informatics faculty and career services helped me land both an internship and a full-time job in my industry."

- Henry Jones, current TWU Informatics student, course assistant and tutor

My internship was vital to launching my career as a software engineer. Fidelity provided me with valuable hands-on experience with industry recognized technologies and processes.

In Informatics, there are many opportunities for students to work alongside faculty. With Dr. Wen Xu, I’ve been able to contribute to an important research project while working with large datasets and professional industry tools.

The skills gained with informatics degrees are in high demand. Within the healthcare industry alone, there currently is a need for up to 70,000 clinical informatics specialists/analysts in fields such as nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Also, as of 2014, all healthcare providers are now required under federal mandate to file medical records electronically, with more industries expected to follow suit in the coming years. This means unprecedented job growth for trained informatics professionals.

We’re always looking at the career needs of the 21st century so our students can stay on the cutting edge of the current job market. Jennifer Martin, TWU Executive Vice Provost

Why Informatics at TWU?

By anticipating employer needs and combining small class sizes with dedicated faculty, TWU is turning today’s informatics graduates into tomorrow’s technology leaders.

Informaticists work in a wide range of high-demand and high-paying career fields. At TWU, we’ve taken a broad-based, interprofessional approach to this degree program. 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.

By building on the success of TWU’s popular informatics certificate — a five-course program that allows working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to supplement their training and boost their career prospects — our faculty have designed a curriculum of flexible, hybrid courses that will thoroughly prepare students for life after graduation. Each class is customized to create an interprofessional environment, allowing students from different disciplines to work side-by-side, collaborating in the classroom before teaming up in the workplace.

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