Stephens College has been a leader in Health Information distance education since 1978. Today, we offer a 100% online Master of Science in Health Information Management (MS-HIM) that prepares graduates for executive-level positions in health information management, healthcare operations, education and research.
Program directors Dr. Susan Foster and Margaret Ledda hosted a virtual open house on Jan. 6, 2020, to discuss how the Health Information Administration and Health Information Management programs can impact your career. Admissions counselor Toya Winn answered questions about the application and enrollment process.
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. HIM graduates 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.
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Our 100% online format offers flexibility and affordability for working professionals. The program is designed for students with various educational backgrounds and disciplines who want an advanced career as a health information professional. Individuals who have earned undergraduate degrees in health information administration, nursing, information/computer technology, public health, and population health or business management are ideal students for the MS-HIM program. Graduates of the program will become leaders in designing, developing and managing clinical information systems in the healthcare industry and public health sectors.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Medical and Health Service Management is growing at a much faster than average rate, with a median annual salary of $99,730. There is an expected job growth of 20% by 2026 for medical and health services managers. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers). This demand is driven by the healthcare industry, which became the largest employer in the US as of 2018.
Key findings from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) HIM Reimagined and Workforce Study indicates that a bachelor’s degree will be the minimum requirement for 87% or more of the jobs and 46% at the graduate level (informatics, information technology and analytics). One of the four primary recommendations is to increase the number of AHIMA members who hold HIM graduate degrees. Stephens College HIM graduates will play an important role in filling this need for qualified employees.
The Master of Science in Health Information Management program includes a five (5) semester curriculum. The final semester incorporates an intense graduate research thesis project. The primary goal of the curriculum is to develop graduates who demonstrate mastery of the health informatics and information management competencies necessary to practice as leaders in the HIM profession. The primary goal of the graduate research thesis project is for graduates to contribute successfully to research that will exemplify and distinguish the health information management body of knowledge.
INT 090 HIA/HIM Orientation (1 credit hour)
Master of Science in HIM Courses: (36 credit hours)
The Master of Science in Health Information Management program promotes lifelong learning that engages students with scholarly deeds, creativity and applied learning through research under the direction of talented and skillful faculty. Graduates of the Health Information Management Program are educated in health sciences with a focus on healthcare data and information, diversity of the healthcare population and a commitment to leadership, integrity and the service of others.
The MS-HIM faculty is a diverse group of accomplished academicians and practitioners with significant industry and teaching experience in health informatics and information management as well as in healthcare administration. The faculty also maintains nationally recognized certification skills included in the MS-HIM Program.
The Health Information Management program is part of the School of Health Sciences.
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