Master of Science in Health Information Management

Master of Science in Health Information Management


The Health Information Management (HIM) discipline is focused on ensuring the integrity of health care information and the confidentiality of that information. Today's HIM professionals team with technology professionals and healthcare clinicians and administrators to develop, implement and maintain software and data systems that support efficient work processes and provide authorized access to pertinent information for use in patient care, education and research.
Department Chair: David Marc, PhD, CHDA
Program Director: Amy Watters, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA

Programs

The HIM graduate program is offered in a distance learning format, with all courses conducted online. It is structured to facilitate the career advancement of practicing health information management professionals and to facilitate the growth of those committed to joining the health information discipline as new healthcare professionals. It emphasizes quality health care data and information as the foundation for organizational information and knowledge management systems. The curriculum is designed to prepare professionals to thrive in an information-driven healthcare environment. It prepares individuals for responsibilities in areas such as health care data resources administration, health care data privacy and security oversight, strategic and operational information resource planning, clinical data analysis, information systems development and implementation.

The Master of Science in Health Information Management (MS in HIM) program requires the completion of 40 credits of online course work, including a Final Applied Project. The program is designed to be completed in approximately two years. The courses are offered online in 8 week or 16 week formats and focus on management and leadership, development of clinical information systems, database methods, healthcare quality, data analytics, medical vocabularies and classification systems, research methods, compliance, ethics, project management, and healthcare delivery. For more information about the required coursework, visit the MS HIM webpage.

The MS in HIM program was the first in the nation to be approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) in December 2001, and later accredited by CAHIIM, the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, in 2011. As a result, completion of the program grants eligibility to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credentialing examination offered by AHIMA.

Departmental policies

Applicants must submit:

Official transcripts of all college coursework;
An essay describing work experience and career goals and;
One completed graduate recommendation.

Admission

Students must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants with international transcripts or non-citizen status should consult with an Admissions Representative for additional requirements.

A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 system is required as well as foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, medical terminology, and pharmacotherapeutics. All prerequisite course work must be completed with a grade of "C" or above.

Retention

Credit toward the degree or certificate will be given for courses with a grade of "C" or better; students are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A maximum of six graduate semester credits may be transferred from another college or university if approved by The College of St. Scholastica. The Master's degree program must be completed within seven years. Credits more than seven years old as of the date of graduation will not count toward the degree completion.

Program Outcomes

The MS in HIM Program prepares and challenges students to:

  • Acquire advanced knowledge and skills in healthcare data, information, and knowledge management.
  • Evaluate, select, and implement information technologies to manage healthcare data resources.
  • Leverage health information to drive integrated clinical and administrative decision-making, strategic planning, and outcomes management.
  • Take the leadership role in establishing an organizational culture that embraces the ethical use of confidential information and information technologies.
  • Introduce appropriate change management strategies while leading organizations toward the use of excellent health information technology systems.
  • Apply effective communication skills and strategies in interactions with multidisciplinary and multi-facility professionals.
  • Assume increasingly challenging administrative positions in complex provider organizations and related entities in the healthcare arena.
  • Thrive professionally in a practice environment that is undergoing fundamental change.