Advance your career by building expertise and combining skills in three prime healthcare areas: healthcare administration, health information systems and technology, and management and leadership.

The cutting-edge health informatics administration program is taught by healthcare technology professionals who can help you develop the expertise to oversee the complex coordination of your organization's health informatics and administration needs.

If you are an experienced healthcare professional or an information technology specialist working in a healthcare setting, or are looking to transition to this exciting field, the health informatics administration program can help you obtain the skills and knowledge you need to apply best practices in health informatics or information management in a dynamic healthcare environment.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Health Informatics Administration Master's Degree

Developed with input from employers, the courses in the graduate health informatics administration program feature projects with real data sets and guest speakers from the industry. Additionally, an advisory board of industry leaders and employers advises the program managers to ensure that the curriculum is covering emerging areas and staying current with 21st-century healthcare industry requirements.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply advanced knowledge of electronic health record systems, medical coding, and IT system security and interoperability
  • Design, manage, and interpret health classification systems, healthcare databases, data warehouses, healthcare data sets, registries, and other mediums of health information management
  • Design and implement various health informatics and information management policies and procedures (e.g., those related to fraud and surveillance, data management, personnel management, data privacy, security and confidentiality, and clinical documentation improvement)
  • Interpret and comply with various aspects of state and federal legal and regulatory standards (e.g., coding and revenue, privacy, security, federal employee labor laws, confidentiality, release of information, maintenance of health records, licensure, and accreditation)

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Construct a workflow process redesign depicting positions conducive to an enterprise information management landscape
  • Prepare Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) documents for acquiring electronic health record (EHR) systems.
  • Research and delineate factors acting as barriers to EHR adoption
  • Develop a data quality management system assessment tool
  • Create a data breach notification letter to advise patients of a recent breach of data that affects a large integrated delivery system
  • Create a project management plan to integrate the use of artificial intelligence
  • Prepare a comprehensive healthcare finance fraud, abuse, and compliance program to establish a gateway between revenue and reimbursement practices and ensure ethical and professional adherence to applicable federal laws

Health Informatics Administration Master's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • HCAD 600
  • ITEC 610
  • INFA 610
  • HIMS 650
  • HIMS 655
  • HCAD 640
  • HCAD 650
  • HIMS 661
  • ITEC 640
  • DBST 651
  • IMAT 637

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • We highly recommend taking courses in the order listed.
  • If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before HCAD 640.
  • If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before HIMS 650.
  • We recommend taking HCAD 600 and ITEC 610 first.

Capstone Course

  • HIMS 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must have successfully completed 30 credits of program coursework, including HIMS 650, HIMS 655, and HIMS 661, before enrolling in HIMS 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for health informatics and information management within the dynamics of the healthcare environment. Career fields include clinical/health data analysis, clinical informatics, health information management, and health information/informatics consulting.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

Candidates for this program should have three years of professional work experience in a healthcare setting, especially in health or general information technology. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The mission of the UMGC Healthcare Community Hub is to encourage each member to sustain a philosophy of lifelong leadership development and increased knowledge, skills, and education, thereby ensuring the pursuit of quality healthcare in the community.

Awards & Recognition

Program Accreditation

The Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration is accredited by the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is an independent organization that accredits both health informatics and health information management degree programs.

Additional Information

Program Advisory Board

This program maintains an advisory board of experts who are leaders in the field of healthcare information technology. The following board members provide input into the curriculum for the Master of Science in health informatics administration program at University of Maryland University College, ensuring the program aligns with industry requirements:

  • Anthony Blash, Assistant Professor, Clinical Informatics and Analytics, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences, Belmont University
  • Barbara Werner-Lubich, Director of Clinical Risk Management, Maryland Medicine Comprehensive Insurance Program
  • Brian R. Bennighoff, Director of Health Information Management and Privacy Officer, Calvert Memorial Hospital
  • Marion Adineh, Senior Director, Kaiser Permanente
  • Mona Calhoun, Chairperson, Health Information Management Coppin State University
  • Natassja Manzanero, Public Health Analyst, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
  • P. Kenyon Crowley, Deputy Director, Center for Health Information and Decision Systems, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Patricia Coffey, Chief of Health Information Management, National Institutes of Health
  • Richard G. Verrill Jr., Executive Consultant, Enterprise Resource Performance


Program Accreditation


This program is accredited as a Health Information Management Master of Science Degree by the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois. CAHIIM is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. CAHIIM institutes and enforces accreditation standards and accredits Health Informatics and Health Information Management degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree levels in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Graduates of the Masters of Science in Health Informatics Administration program are eligible to apply for the Registered Health Information Administrator national certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association.


Special Designations

HIMSS Approved LogoUMGC is an Approved Education Partner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and our graduates are eligible to take the CAHIMS/CPHIMS (Certified Associate/Professional in Health Information and Management Systems) certification exams.