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Online Master's Degree

Health Information Management & Technology

Health Information Management & Technology
Master of Science
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 6 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $514 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Master skills in three healthcare areas: administration, information systems and technology, and leadership.

The online master’s degree in health information management and technology at University of Maryland Global Campus is taught by healthcare technology professionals who will help you develop the expertise to oversee the complex coordination of your organization’s health information management needs. If you are an experienced healthcare professional or an IT specialist working in a healthcare setting, or you’re looking to transition to this exciting field, this program will help you obtain the skills and knowledge you need to apply best practices in health informatics and information management in the healthcare environment.

Total Credits Required: 36

Take the following courses in the order listed:

Initial Requirement

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

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses

  • (3 Credits, HCAD 600)
  • (3 Credits, MGMT 650)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 610)
  • (3 Credits, HCAD 610)
  • (3 Credits, HIMS 650)
  • (3 Credits, HIMS 655)
  • (3 Credits, HCAD 640)
  • (3 Credits, HCAD 650)
  • (3 Credits, HIMS 661)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 640)
  • (3 Credits, DBST 651)

Capstone Course

  • (3 Credits, HIMS 670)

  • You are advised to take (3 Credits, HCAD 600) and (3 Credits, MGMT 650) first.
  • You will benefit most by taking the courses in the order listed.
  • You must have successfully completed 30 credits of program coursework, including (3 Credits, HIMS 650), (3 Credits, HIMS 655), and (3 Credits, HIMS 661), before enrolling in (3 Credits, HIMS 670).

General Master's Degree 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.

Please review the overall master’s degree requirements for additional considerations.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022–2023 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Master’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each master's degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all master’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

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

Healthcare Jobs
There are more than 23 million people employed in the healthcare and social assistance industry in the United States as of 2020.
Source: IBIS World | “Healthcare and Social Assistance in the U.S. Employment Statistics 2005-2026" | 2020

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Program Accreditations

Program Accreditation

Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

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Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

This program is accredited as a Health Information Management Master of Science Degree by the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601. 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.

UMGC's accreditation for a master's degree in Health Informatics Administration has been reaffirmed through 2023. All inquiries about the program's accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at Learn more about the health informatics administration master's degree.

Special Designations

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

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Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

UMGC 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.

Additional Program Information

  • You will find it beneficial to have three years of professional work experience in a healthcare setting, especially in health information technology or information technology, although it is not required.

  • (0 Credits, UCSP 605) is recommended to help improve writing skills.

Healthcare Community Hub

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.

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's program in health informatics administration, ensuring the program aligns with industry requirements.

HIMS Advisory Board Members

  • Mona Calhoun, PhD, MEd, RHIA, Chairperson, HIM Program, Coppin State University
  • Aertian Tatum, MS, RHIA, HIM Educator and Consultant, Coppin State University
  • Patricia Coffey, MS, RHIA, CPHIMS, Chief, Health Information Management, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Kenyon Crowley, MBA, CPHIMS, School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Kristin McInerney, RN, MSN, Channel Integration Manager, DC/MD/VA, Windstream Enterprise
  • Tasha Green, MS, RHIA, Manager, Health Information Management, Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital
  • Corinne Smith, MBA, RHIA, Professor and HIM Program Coordinator, Montgomery College, MD
  • Godwin Odia, PhD, RHIA, Medical Records Administrator, Defense Health Agency
  • Stephanie Rivas, BSN, RN (HIMS Program Student)

The student retention rates for the MS in Health Informatics Administration program in the academic year 2019-2020 were at 75.5 percent, in addition to the 18.8 percent (122 students) who graduated in that academic year. The program graduation rates are at 97 percent after 48 months in the program. About 89 percent of the students in the program are employed full-time with another 6 percent employed part-time. As a result of studying in the program, about 6 percent changed jobs and more than 7 percent advanced in their current jobs, with the rest of the students stating changes such as improved or enhanced job skills, improved professional networks, increased salaries, or improved chances to obtain better jobs.

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