Health Information Management Master's
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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. Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Science (MS) in Health Information Management (HIM) program prepares professionals to apply leadership, critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills to various leadership and management roles in HIM.
In the MS in HIM program, you'll:
This online health information management master's degree is the ideal next step for continued study of graduates of the Bachelor's in Health Information Management program or those looking to build on their skills and experience. Whether you're a new college graduate or a veteran healthcare system employee, understanding data systems and analysis can open up career paths that are on track for big growth in the coming years.
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Please note, SNHU's master's in health information management is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and health information management (CAHIIM), though the program is designed to align to standards set by CAHIIM. As a result, completion of the MS in health information management alone does not adequately prepare learners to be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam. Students should verify that they meet all requirements to sit for the RHIA or RHIT exam by visiting http://www.ahima.org/certification.
If you're looking to enter the health information management field, you'll be happy to know the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 18% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, there should be increased demand for healthcare services down the road.2
A career in health information management continues to be a great career option to pursue, as the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $99,730 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2
After receiving an online master's in health information management, you may go on to work in a hospital, with a medical group or even at an insurance provider. The health information management program may prepare you for positions with a specific focus on compliance, privacy or clinical data analysis. Darla Branda, a clinical faculty for health professions at SNHU, says roles in healthcare information management have been expanding rapidly as more people specialize in specific areas within the field.
“It’s a really growing field. There’s lots of opportunity,” she said. “It’s been a very steady incline in growth and it’s going to continue to be that way, especially as our population continues to age and live longer.”
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 12 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate your industry. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
See why 96% of students would recommend SNHU.*
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials — with no GRE or GMAT required.
Online master's degree candidates must also submit a personal statement. Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 are eligible for provisional acceptance.
To apply, use the online application.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions, and walk you through the application process, which includes:
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 the skills applicable to further your career, and the curriculum utilizes an approach that focuses on information governance, data protection, health informatics, revenue management, compliance, healthcare law, ethics and analytics.
These courses and capstones are designed to prepare you professionally to apply leadership, critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills to various leadership and management roles in HIM moving forward. These courses address the full gamut of issues regarding information management in healthcare settings, including but not limited to:
Additionally, the MS in health information management program also culminates in a capstone allowing you to integrate previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on authentic demonstration. In your capstone, you'll use what you've learned to develop and execute a capstone project that applies your knowledge in a complex and operationally-charged business environment.
Total Credits: 36
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% 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.
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
As health information management continues to expand, so do the career opportunities. Professionals in this field work across all healthcare providers and departments, from hospitals, clinics and surgery centers to behavioral health facilities, governmental agencies and even healthcare software companies.
With a master's in health information management, you can become a leader in a wide array of settings in the field. While overseeing documentation practices is one of the hallmarks of the HIM profession, you'll potentially manage many other key aspects of health information along the way, including collecting, reporting, analyzing and protecting health data.
And, since health information management is a program where technology and healthcare coincide, advances in medical technology will continue to change the healthcare industry in the digital age for years to come. This leaves plenty of career opportunities wide open for someone with their MS in HIM.
According to AHIMA, some of the leadership roles you may qualify for include: 3
Just take it from former SNHU HIM student Heidi Nolan '19 who acts as a liaison between the healthcare world and executives as a project manager for an Air Force Base hospital.
“I’ve learned how to problem solve and basically assess what needs to be fixed and, you know, make a suggestion."
Because a portion of her PPE was presenting her findings to Nevada Health Centers’ leadership team, she learned how to communicate to different audiences.
“I’m speaking with higher-level executive staff every single day,” Nolan said.
While both of these career paths aim to make healthcare a safer and more accurate place, there are a few key differences to be aware of.
Health information management (HIM) pertains to medical records. It's the practice of acquiring, analyzing and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. Think of it as a combination of business, science and information technology.
Health Informatics (HI) pertains to applied IT. It's the science that defines how health information is technically captured, transmitted and utilized. Health informatics focuses on information systems, informatics principles and information technology as it's applied to the continuum of healthcare delivery.
While earning your master's in health information management can create new opportunities for you, salaries can range depending on various factors including credentials, experience, industry and job level. While in May 2018 government medical and health services managers earned up to $110,460, workers in nursing and residential care facilities earned roughly $84,260. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual pay for medical and health services managers is $99,730 per year.2
Going back to school for any degree program takes hard work and dedication, and it depends on a number of factors, including how you learn and where your passion lies. If you enjoy working with data, consider yourself a detail oriented person who strives for precision and have a high regard for ethics and helping others, HIM may be the perfect fit for you.
That said, we offer excellent resources, such as academic advising, to make earning your degree as stress-free as possible. Check out our student services to learn more about the support you'll have, should you need it. If something pops up that you can’t figure out on your own, we’ll be there to help you.
Getting your online master's in health information management from Southern New Hampshire University also offers additional perks:
Yes. As technology continues to gain momentum in the healthcare world, the demand for highly educated professionals with a background in health information management will only continue to grow. With a master's degree in health information management you can be prepared to take on management and leadership roles within large healthcare settings, while also being qualified to manage the technology, security and compliance needs of your organization.
According to Branda, the health information management profession will need HIM professionals to manage and disseminate essential healthcare information to internal and external stakeholders for clinical decision-making, research and revenue management. HIM professionals will also be needed to make informed decisions on matters such as department budgeting, workflow processes and the technological skills to oversee the many facets of their profession.
At SNHU, you'll need to meet our admission policy which requires a conferred bachelor's degree and a minimum GPA. However, you don’t need to be a medical professional, or even have an undergraduate healthcare degree, to pursue a HIM education. Whether you’re re-entering the workforce or seeking a new career path, HIM is a broad field open to all experience levels. In this field, you can help others by improving the quality and integrity of health data, provide leadership in the planning, design, selection and implementation of health information technologies, perform data analytics to optimize business operations and manage projects to achieve specific organizational goals.
If you've worked in IT, management or tech, SNHU can help make your current skillset your HIM education foundation.
Health information management is currently filling roles in:
You can build on your existing knowledge and skills as you pursue HIM coursework in several emerging areas in healthcare, including mobile health, consumer informatics, data and information analytics and healthcare policy.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
*According to a survey of over 12,000 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2018.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
3 American Health Information Management Associations (AHIMA), on the Internet, at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.