Data is crucial to today's healthcare professionals. As the demands on the healthcare field increase, so does the amount of patient information that organizations are responsible for securely storing and managing on a day-to-day basis. As the number of professionals in this field is expected to increase, leaders are needed to oversee them and to ensure health information management (HIM) is at the forefront of strategic needs across an enterprise.
With an online master's degree from Southern New Hampshire University's health information management program, you'll be well qualified to manage large volumes of complex data - as well as the personnel who touch it on a daily basis. As a health information management (HIM) leader, you'll be the go-to in your organization for the management and accountability of data assets including accuracy, accessibility and security, especially as leading associations emphasize the need for graduate-level professionals in more advanced positions.
SNHU's health information management (HIM) master's degree is the ideal next step for continued study of graduates of the BS in Health Information Management program or those looking to build on their skills and experience.
As leaders ready to evaluate and create data management policies and procedures for an organization, graduates of our health information management program are knowledgeable in healthcare law and ethics, revenue management and compliance. Your master's degree will give you the edge over other healthcare professionals looking to advance but who don't have the formal education to be fully qualified for this emerging field. SNHU's master's in health information management is aligned to standards set by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Health Information Management (CAHIIM), however it is not CAHIIM accredited.
In the master's in health information management program, you'll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your online master's in health information management at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Students entering the program must have earned at least one of the following:
Approximately 6,000 new HIM professionals are needed each year, according to the American Health Information Management Association's 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. More good news: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 17 percent growth for medical and health services managers, much faster than the average for all occupations.*
With a master's in health information management, a wide range of careers may open up to you, including:
The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $94,500 in May 2015.
*Job market data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook is intended to provide insight on occupational opportunities and is not to be construed as a guarantee of salary or job title. SNHU cannot guarantee employment.
The coursework in SNHU’s master’s in health information management program – one of only a few online graduate degrees of its kind available – opens doors for HIM professionals prepared to advance their careers managing and organizing patient data. Our 36-credit health information management program develops skills applicable to your career with courses such as Leading as a HIM Professional, Health Information Governance and Managing Coding Professionals.
Topics related to health information management, including revenue management, coding and compliance, developing professional identity, terminology and classification systems, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and current trends are explored. Students tour a medical facility either virtually or in person.
This course explores leadership roles, change management, and key topics in the health information management industry through an overview of leadership in organizations, human resource (HR) management, training and development, ethics, process improvements, work design, and developing and revising policies. Students examine ethical concepts and learn first-hand what the role of a health information management professional entails.
Building on the HIPAA foundation established in HIM-510 students learn how to create and revise working policies and regulations within organizations based on existing laws, and how to adapt infrastructures to support these policy changes. Students explore access of medical records and how to discern when access should be prohibited based on the policies in place.
Explore compliance for HIM professionals, regulatory requirements, and the relationship of coding and compliance, to develop an understanding of data governance pertaining to the significance of data integration, interoperability, and shared data. Learn how to assess the accuracy and standardization of data governance by reviewing various sections within the charts and their authorizations.
Explore meaningful use of data and the management of patient-centered health information systems. Review data management policies, evaluate data from varying sources to create meaningful presentations/reports, design patient-centered health information systems, and manage virtual network communications. Learn how to collect data, evaluate it, and turn it into valuable information to present to various audiences.
Explore the technologies that support health information systems by examining different patient medical records and the various uses and steps in developing medical records. Create models of portals from a database-perspective.
Review the laws and regulations that are applicable to health information management professionals in regards to compliance, medical documentation, fraud, abuse, and penalties for documentation and coding violations based on governmental guidelines. Learn principles of medical auditing, medical record auditing skills, chart abstraction and perform a coding risk analysis.
Explore the healthcare revenue cycle and financial principles relevant to strategic planning for the healthcare organization, including analytics, reimbursement models, forecasting the revenue cycle and methods of fraud detection.
Employ research methodologies, systematic processes for data collection to ensure data integrity, and data analysis to establish a framework for drafting the capstone project.
Apply and expand on topics covered in previous courses in the MS Health Information Management program, including advanced classification systems, data governance, data management, and health information technologies such as data analytics and decision support. Apply theories learned in consumer informatics, and information integrity, contingency planning, as well as vendor management and enterprise information management.
This course expands upon topics covered in previous courses in the MS Health Information Management program, including strategic planning, and leadership roles in HIM. Students focus on change management, work design, and project management.
Integrate previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on authentic demonstration of competencies outlined by the program by synthesizing and integrating prior learning to design, develop, and execute a capstone project as a culmination of the M.S. Health Information Management program. Develop a well-thought-out, comprehensive project that applies knowledge in a complex and operationally-charged business environment.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
$40 Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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