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Master's in Health Information Management Online MS in HIM

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Register By: February 20 Classes Start: February 22

Health Information Management Master's

  • $627/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • No undergraduate degree in Health Information Management required
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Complete in as few as 15 months
  • Aligned with standards set by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Master’s in Health Information Management Program Overview

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:

  • Integrate some of today's top-growing fields - like business, data analysis and computer science - into the ultimate healthcare technology career
  • Lead your organization as the go-to for accuracy, accessibility and security of crucial patient data
  • Start when you want. Attend class when you want. Choose from multiple term starts throughout the year, and take advantage of 24/7 access to the online classroom

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as an Approved Education Partner (AEP). 

HIMSS Approved Education Partner programs include the Bachelor’s and Master’s in Health Information Management. Coursework from these programs may be counted toward HIMSS continuing education hours for CAHIMS and CPHIMS certification. Students should review the Licensures and Certification Disclosures page for more information. 

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.

Learn how to:

  • Evaluate and create data management policies and procedures
  • Protect patient data using technology
  • Use data analytics and research techniques and technologies in healthcare enterprise planning
  • Deploy strategic and operational models for managing revenue cycles
  • Create health information compliance programs
  • Develop leadership approaches that foster collaboration

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. 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 AHIMA's certification page.

Get credit for your HIM certifications. Already a credentialed HIM professional? At SNHU, we've identified AHIMA certifications with a 1:1 correlation to our MS in HIM courses, helping you earn credits and waive courses. Having even one of these certifications can save you up to $1,881 in tuition and 10 weeks of time:

  • Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP)
  • Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA)
  • Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS)
  • Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)

Learn more about getting credit for HIM certifications.

Career Outlook

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.1

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.1

Darla Branda with the text Darla BrandaAfter 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.”

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Health Information Management Degree

Courses & Curriculum

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.

Courses include:

  • HIM Applications and Systems
  • Leading as a HIM Professional
  • Information Protection & Security in HIM
  • Health Information Governance
  • Data Management and Data Quality
  • HIM Informatics and Technology Infrastructure
  • Managing Compliance
  • HIM Strategic Planning and Financial Management
  • Research Methods and Evaluation
  • Advanced Topics in HIM I
  • Advanced Topics in HIM II
  • Health Information Management Capstone

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:

  • Creation of presentations and reports to use data in informing stakeholders about key organizational issues and developing policy
  • Security of patients' personal healthcare data, including the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and implementation of effective policies
  • Leading a team of health information professionals and ensuring industry best practices related to ethical issues and information management

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.

Tuition & Fees

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.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

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.

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