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What is Digital Health? Need-to-Know Facts for IT Professionals Today

Posted by Rebecca Esposito on Jul 11, 2019, 9:56:35 AM

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Did you know that there has been an upward trend in data breaches over the years, with 2018 seeing more data breaches reported than any other year since records first started being published?

Did you know that In the last 24 months, there have been 478 breaches of healthcare data reported to the DHHS that affected 500 or more people?

Healthcare data is an increasingly important target for cybercriminals and any major breach of unsecured protected health information is required by law to be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights. Considering the increasing need for professionals who understand the importance of healthcare data security, Marymount University now offers a Digital Health specialization track within the greater Cybersecurity program. Keep reading to learn more about what digital health really is, what the projected career outlook is, and how MU's specialization will boost your career in this niche field.

Download our new resource — Advancing Cybersecurity Through Specialized Tracks  in Data Science and Digital Health — to learn more about two of Marymount’s new  Cybersecurity degree tracks!

What is Digital Health?

So, what is digital health?

In a world where technology is capturing millions of health-related data points from people in both personal and healthcare settings like doctors’ offices and hospitals, the security, management, and privacy of this data becomes more and more important. This is why new careers and job opportunities are opening up at the heart of this tech disruption within the healthcare industry: the security of digital health data.

As the healthcare industry transforms, more and more organizations are realizing the enormous importance and potential of health data and health data security. Employers need skilled candidates to fill roles related to health data management.

Career Options and Opportunities in Digital Health: 

Digital health is still a relatively new field, so trends in average salary and job outlook statistics are still emerging. What is clear is that digital health professionals with a background in cyber security can anticipate exponential job growth over the next decade, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting 28 percent growth (much faster than average) between 2016-2026. 

Digital health professionals with a master's in cybersecurity can expect to make between $84,552 and $98,350 on average, with higher salaries for those with professional experience. Here’s a rundown of the types of roles that are opening up in the world of digital health.

  • Digital Health Data Scientist
  • Information Security Engineer
  • Medical Device Security Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Policy Analyst
  • Cyber Defense Infrastructure Engineer
  • Privacy and Security Analyst — Healthcare Division
  • IT Security Risk Assessor

If you are interested in the field of cybersecurity and want to be at the heart of an evolving field, look no further than the world of digital health. With the right training, you will be prepared to manage, analyze, and protect sensitive health information in any number of potential roles with excellence. 

Marymount University’s Specialization in Digital Health:

Whether you have recently graduated from an undergraduate program, or are an information technology professional who has been working in the industry for years, chances are the value of returning to school for your master’s degree has come to your attention. Now, more than ever, individuals who have studied under expert faculty, learned from industry leaders, honed their abilities through hands-on application, and dedicated time to advancing their skill-set are needed in the field of cybersecurity.

Marymount’s specialization track in Digital Health builds on the larger principles of cybersecurity. To complete the specialization and earn this distinction on their official transcript, students are required to take four courses. The courses for the specialization in Digital Health are:

  • IT 545 Healthcare Informatics
  • IT 546 Principles of Data Science
  • IT 547 Security and Privacy of Electronic Documents
  • IT 597 Security and Privacy of Medical Devices

Marymount’s specialization track in Digital Health offers students a strong understanding of the fundamentals of data security in healthcare services and the proper protocols for securing data generated through medical devices and via electronic healthcare documents. Because of the significant need for cybersecurity in digital health systems, students will feel confident in their ability to securely store and manage healthcare data protecting patient privacy.

The MS in Cybersecurity at Marymount University is designed primarily for working professionals. Through online and in-person course offerings, students are able to obtain their graduate degree while continuing to work. Students are prepared to secure jobs with the federal government, state and local governments, hospitals, nonprofits, or industry. Marymount faculty are highly connected within the industry and frequently assist students with their career preparation.

Join a Community of Excellence Today:

Are you ready to step into the field of cybersecurity and make a significant difference in the area of digital health? Take the next step in furthering your professional career and request more information about our graduate program and specialized tracks.

If you are ready to set yourself apart as a highly valued cybersecurity professional with the skills and experience to help organizations store and manage health data with integrity, check out our digital resource to learn more about this specialization or request more information about our program. We look forward to helping you start your next academic venture! 


Download our new resource — Advancing Cybersecurity Through Specialized Tracks in Data Science and Digital Health — to learn more about two of Marymount’s new Cybersecurity degree tracks!

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Posted by Rebecca Esposito

Rebecca Esposito is the Associate Director for Graduate Enrollment Services at Marymount University. She works with students interested in all School of Business and Technology programs. Prior to joining Marymount, she worked with undergraduate students across the state of Texas, where she also earned her M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

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