Health Informatics and Information Management Department

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Excellent preparation for an excellent career

The HIM graduate program is structured to facilitate the career advancement of practicing health information management professionals, however it has evolved to also facilitate the growth of those committed to joining the health information discipline as new healthcare professionals.

This program 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.

Program format

The program is offered in a distance learning format, with courses conducted primarily online, with one onsite intensive session required on campus.

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.

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Contact us

Ryan H.  Sandefer, MA, CPHIT

The College of St. Scholastica
School of Health Sciences
Science 1123D
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone: (218) 625 - 4931

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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