Graduate Health Informatics and Information Management

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Graduate degrees are offered in Health Information Management and Health Informatics — 100% online

Health Informatics vs. Health Information Management 

Health informatics is the science of information management through the application of computers and computer technologies. It is the application of information technology to the functions and activities that are closely aligned with the domains of practice of health information management. This field focuses on the design of computer information systems, analysis of health information, and applied research. Health information management is a clinical profession that focuses on skills and competencies in collecting, aggregating, managing, and using health information to support the delivery of healthcare. While health information management professionals may apply the science of informatics in their roles, the two fields are distinct.

M.S. Health Informatics

Program format

The program is offered 100% online.

Program outcomes

The M.S. in Health Informatics program prepares and challenges students to:

  • describe the flow of data within the US healthcare system
  • develop and assess information systems and processes to improve quality, effectiveness and efficiency of care
  • design and maintain medical databases, computer networks, and internet or multimedia applications
  • analyze data to assess facility performance, reporting, and for research purposes
  • design and assess evidence-based protocols based on available data
  • design technology to meet the needs of multiple stakeholders
  • interpret terminologies, standards, and classification systems
  • enhance the quality and uses of data within the healthcare industry
  • interpret governmental regulations related to patient data and quality reporting
  • comply with standards and regulations regarding health information
  • evaluate the impact of information technology on the clinical process, clinical outcome, organizations, and resources
  • work collaboratively with others to meet demands of healthcare organizations and key stakeholders

M.S. Health Information Management (HIM)

Program format

The program is offered 100% online.

Program outcomes

The M.S. 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

More information for . . .

Prospective Students | M.S. HIM

Prospective Students | M.S. Health Informatics

Current Students | M.S. HIM

Current Students | M.S. Health Informatics

Contact us

David Marc, Ph.D., CHDA, Dept. Chair

Science 1123B
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone: (218) 625-4892
E-mail: dmarc@css.edu

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Program Outcomes

84 percent student retention rate for M.S. in HIM students


87 percent of graduates responding to the annual M.S. in HIM graduate survey indicate that they feel their graduate education at CSS prepared them to thrive professionally in a practice environment that is undergoing fundamental change


82 percent of graduates responding to the annual M.S. in HIM graduate survey are employed within one year of graduation