College of Informatics at NKU Shapes Technology Leaders

Northern Kentucky University has established a College of Informatics with several curriculums that deal specifically with the information field.

Kim Madlom
On Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 05:01

Fortune magazine says nine of the 20 fastest-growing professional jobs in the next decade will be in the field of informatics.

Northern Kentucky University has established a College of Informatics that offers several programs of study dealing specifically with the information field. Nearly 2,000 students are studying informatics-related courses associated with eight bachelor’s degree and five master’s programs, with all courses taught in the new $53 million Griffin Hall on the NKU campus. The program is one of just a handful like it at any American university.

“Informatics is a new term in the U.S., encompassing a broad academic field that is all about information, communication and computation,” says Kevin Kirby, College of Informatics dean. “Students can enroll in curriculums that can lead to careers such as protecting businesses from computer hackers, health-information technology involving electronic health records, or producing a highly advanced digital newscast.”

Students Developing Apps

The bachelor’s degrees offered at the college are in business informatics, communication studies, computer science, computer-information technology, electronic media and broadcasting, journalism, library informatics and public relations.

“For example, many of our students are developing iPhone apps these days, which is actually driving a lot of our curriculum,” Kirby says. “NKU students recently developed a mobile app for a fire department in California, and we have been busy with apps ever since.”

Kirby says the College of Informatics has a young faculty and up-to-date course offerings, and students are guaranteed to learn about technology that will help take their chosen careers to the next level.

“Students develop technology skills across a range of disciplines, and a degree from this college means being well-versed in manipulating information and communicating the results,” he says. “Informatics is growing, and NKU is on the ground floor of this exciting field.”