Continuing its commitment to excellence in the health sciences, Stephens College announces the launch of a new Master of Science in Health Information Management (MS-HIM). This 100% online degree program builds on the strengths of Stephens’ Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration and its long-standing collaborations with regional and national health care providers. The master's degree was designed to align with the most up-to-date graduate curricular competencies from the American Health Information Management Association, and will prepare graduates for executive-level positions in the nation’s rapidly growing medical and health service management industry.

The new graduate program is led by Dr. Susan Foster, a Stephens alumna and former director of health information management programs at Missouri Western State University and Crowder College.

“Since founding the nation’s first distance education health information management baccalaureate degree program in 1978, Stephens College has been a trailblazer in health information distance education,” Foster said. “Our new Master of Science in Health Information Management program 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 program offers eight-week courses all year long, allowing students to complete the 36-hour degree in as little as five semesters. Students may begin classes in January, June or August, attending full- or part-time. Like all of the College’s graduate and online programs, the HIM program is open to both men and women. With its flexibility and affordability, the program will appeal to working professionals who have earned undergraduate degrees in nursing, information/computer technology, public health, population health, business management or health information administration.  

“Stephens College was the very first distance education HIM bachelor program accredited by CAHIIM [Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education] in the country,” said Dr. Julia Moffitt, dean of the School of Health Sciences. 

“This history of excellence will continue in an area of critical need as our health care infrastructure is now digital and demands strong data integrity and security," she said. "There are relatively few CAHIIM-accredited HIM graduate programs in the country today. Stephens is again leading the way by filling this need.”   

For more information and to apply, visit Health Information Management.

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