Master of Science in Health Information Management
Stephens has been a leader in health information education since 1978, when we launched the first distance-learning program of its kind.
Today, the online Master of Science in Health Information Management prepares graduates for executive-level positions in health data and information management, health care operations, education and research that can impact the health of a population.
Advance your career and empower yourself to make a difference in health care by earning your MS-HIM at Stephens College.
Our 100% online format offers flexibility and affordability for working adults. The program is designed for students with various educational backgrounds and disciplines who want an advanced career as a health information professional.
Our inter-professional curriculum in healthcare, technology, law and business administration aligns precisely with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 2018 Graduate Curricular Competencies.
Efficient Degree Structure
- 36 credit hours, completely online
- Accelerated eight-week courses offered year-round (classes start five times per academic year)
- Complete your master’s degree in as little as five semesters (attending full-time) or seven semesters (attending part-time)
- Receive course credit for your RHIA credential
Admission + Affordability
- No GRE or GMAT required
- Affordable tuition and financial aid
- A bachelor's degree in any field makes you eligible to apply. Individuals with undergraduate degrees in health information administration, nursing, information and computer technology, public health, population health, or business management are ideal students for the program.
- Expert faculty bring real-world healthcare experiences into the virtual classroom
- Housed within an accredited and highly respected women’s college with co-educational graduate programs
What is Health Information Management?
Health Information Management professionals play a key role in maintaining, collecting, interpreting, analyzing and protecting patient information, which health care providers rely upon to deliver quality patient care.
HIM professionals interact with clinical, financial, administrative, information technology and legal staff to interpret data for patient care, research, and statistical reporting, planning and database content development.
The health information management discipline focuses on the integrity and confidentiality of patient information. Without educated HIM professionals doing the work, more errors occur, data is compromised and patient safety is at risk.
Virtual Open Houses
Get to know us during a Health Information Virtual Open House, hosted by the HIA and HIM program directors along with Admissions staff.
The Master of Science in Health Information Management will inspire students to learn through a rigorous and challenging curriculum that will enable them to grow and become leaders in the health data and information profession.
The Master of Science in Health Information Management program promotes lifelong learning that engages students with scholarship, creativity and applied learning through research under the direction of talented and experienced faculty. Graduates of the Health Information Management program are educated in health sciences with a focus on health care data and information, diversity of the health care population and a commitment to leadership, integrity and service.
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Susan L. Foster, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, obtained both her B.S. in Health Information Administration and her M.B.A. with an emphasis in Clinical Information Systems from Stephens College, and a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from Lindenwood University. Foster has worked for more than 25 years in health information management and higher education. She also is certified in healthcare privacy and security and has experience as a privacy officer.
Foster has taught Medical Terminology, Introduction to Health Information Management, Healthcare Delivery Systems, Healthcare Statistics, Quality Management in Healthcare, Basic ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding, Inpatient Coding, Basic CPT Coding, Clinical Classification Systems and Terminology, Healthcare Reimbursement, Healthcare Finance and Revenue Cycle, Computers in Healthcare, Human Resources, and Risk Management.
Foster's research includes online education and adult learning styles, and she currently is participating in research on knowledge transfer in an interdisciplinary study abroad course. Foster currently is serving on the AHIMA CEE Curriculum Workgroup and recently was elected director of education for the Missouri Health Information Management Association.