A trailblazer in Health Information education since 1978, Stephens College’s online Master of Science in Health Information (MS-HIM) program prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to step into executive-level positions that can impact the health of a population.
The HIM program promotes lifelong learning that engages students with scholarly deeds, creativity, and applied learning through research under the direction of talented and skillful faculty. Students are educated in health sciences with a focus on healthcare data and information, healthcare population diversity, and a commitment to leadership, integrity, and the service of others.
Why Study Health Information Management?
Health information management professionals play a key role in maintaining, collecting, interpreting, analyzing and protecting patient information, which healthcare providers rely upon to deliver quality patient care. They hold positions in the health information management, healthcare operations, education, and research fields.
Within their roles, HIM graduates have the skills and confidence to work cross-functionally with clinical, financial, administrative, information technology and legal team members, interpreting data through an interdisciplinary lens. This all-encompassing analysis then is able to translate into developments in patient care, research, statistical reporting, planning and database content.
Structured for the Working Professional
The Stephens MS-HIM is a 100% online degree program, flexibly and affordably structured to cater to the specific needs of a busy working professional. The program consists of 36 credit hours taken entirely online that can be completed in as little as five semesters full-time or seven semesters part-time. Students can begin in January, June or August, and accelerated classes are offered year-round in eight-week formats.
The MS-HIM degree is designed to attract students with various educational backgrounds and disciplines who seek to advance their career as a health information professional. Individuals with prior undergraduate degrees in health information management, nursing, information and computer technology, public health, population health, or business management are ideal students for the program.
Program Outcomes and Learning Objectives
HIM students are mentored and instructed by faculty members who are accomplished practitioners with significant industry and teaching experience in health informatics and information management as well as in healthcare administration. Our faculty also maintains nationally recognized certification skills included in the MS-HIM Program.
The Stephens HIM degree prepares leaders who are able to demonstrate mastery of health information management competencies necessary to practice as leaders in the HIM profession. Additionally, through their acquired expertise and leadership ability, students deepen the HIM profession by contributing successfully to research that will exemplify and distinguish the health information management body of knowledge.
HIM students are engaged in lifelong learning and exhibit professionalism, characterized by trustworthiness, ethical decision-making, integrity, respect, effective interdisciplinary collaboration and a commitment to excellence in the management of health information for the benefit of patients and providers.
Learn more about the Stephens Online HIM degree, including career outcomes and admissions insights, by watching the virtual open house hosted by program directors Dr. Susan Foster and Margaret Ledda.
Lead the Future of Health Information Management
The Master of Science in Health Information Management at Stephens College prepares the next wave of leaders who are developing solutions to pressing issues in society and forming a solid connection between the healthcare industry and the people it is serving.