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Online Master's Degree

Health Information Management & Technology

Health Information Management & Technology
Master of Science
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $534 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $336 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 645)
  • (3 Credits, HIMS 650)
  • (3 Credits, HIMS 655)
  • (3 Credits, HCAD 640)
  • (3 Credits, HCAD 650)
  • (3 Credits, HIMS 661)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 640)

Capstone Course

  • 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 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 above five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
  • Please review the overall master’s degree requirements for additional considerations.

Accelerated Pathway

If you completed your undergraduate degree at UMGC with coursework in health services management, an accelerated pathway between our undergraduate and graduate degree programs in this area may allow you to reduce your total coursework for this program by up to 6 credits.

Dual Master’s Degree with Health Info Management/Data Analytics

If you earn a master’s degree in health information management and technology, you can save up to 12 credits on a master’s degree in data analytics through this dual degree pathway.

For this pathway, you will need to have taken the health information management and technology degree first. To complete the second degree (data analytics), you must complete all core courses and the capstone course, for a total of 18 credits. 

UMGC also offers a dual degree option in which you can earn a master’s degree in healthcare administration first and then save up to 15 credits on a master’s in health information management and technology as your second degree.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2024–2025 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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View the Program's Specialized Accreditation & Recognition

Study in a CAHIIM-Accredited Degree Program

Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

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Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

The Health Information Management accreditor of University of Maryland Global Campus is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The University’s accreditation for a master's degree in health information management and technology has been reaffirmed through 2030. 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 About the Program's HIMSS Designation

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

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Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

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

Additional Program Information

Although it is not required, 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. Strong writing skills are also encouraged.

Upsilon Phi Delta (Healthcare Management)

Upsilon Phi Delta, the national academic honor society of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, elevates and encourages scholarship, standards, and ethics in the healthcare field. This honor society recognizes scholarship in the healthcare field, and honors students who achieve distinction in healthcare-relevant programs of study in universities and colleges.

It is available to undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate membership is open to students pursuing a major in health services management. Undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and at least 18 credits of health services management coursework, with a GPA of 3.25 or higher in those courses. Graduate student membership is limited to individuals who are actively pursuing their graduate degrees in one of UMGC's healthcare-related programs, meet the national eligibility standards of a minimum GPA of 3.5, have completed 18 credits, and are invited to become a member. For more information, please email

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 information management and technology, 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
  • Kathy A. Fike, BSHA-HIS, CCS, CPC, CPB, CRC, AAPC Approved Instructor, Health Science Division, Hagerstown Community College
  • Stephanie Rivas, BSN, RN (HIMS Program Student)
  • Brenda Watson, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPMA, CRC, CPC, Avanta Government Services, LLC, Sr. Program Manager  
  • Syed Faisal, MS, CPHIMS, Chief Information Officer, Hartman Executive Advisers 

a. The student retention rates for the MS in Health Information Management and Technology program in the academic year 2021–2022 were at 87.7 percent

b. The student graduation rates were 13.3 percent (79 students) in that academic year.

c. The program graduation rates are at 86 percent after 48 months in the program.

d. About 83 percent of the students in the program were employed full-time with another 11 percent employed part-time. 

e. As a result of studying in the program, about 8 percent changed jobs, and more than 9 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. 

f. 96 percent of students expressed high satisfaction with the program offerings.


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