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Master's in Health Information Management Online MS in HIM

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Register By: July 27 Classes Start: July 29

Health Information Management Master's

  • $637/credit (36 credits total)
  • CAHIIM Accredited
  • Get credit for certifications you already have
  • Complete in as few as 15 months
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Aligned with standards set by 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. Leaders with advanced knowledge and skills are needed to think strategically, lead teams and understand how big data impacts the quality of care.

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 in-demand knowledge areas – 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
  • Have access to your coursework 24/7, allowing you to work on your graduate degree during times most convenient for you. Choose from multiple term starts throughout the year.

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 in healthcare. Whether you're a new college graduate or a long-term healthcare system employee, understanding data systems and analysis can open up career paths that are on track for big growth in the coming years.

The master’s in health information management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

As a CAHIIM-accredited program, our curriculum is built to prepare you for real-world success. 

“CAHIIM really sets the bar for academic programs in health information management,” said Lynn Ward, associate dean of health professions at SNHU.

In addition to helping you develop practical skills and experiences employers want to see, the program also meets eligibility requirements to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential exam – which can help you open up even more opportunities for advancement.

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 with certifications you already have. Having even one of these certifications can save you close to $2,000 in tuition and 2.5 months of time.

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

Learn more about getting credit for HIM certifications.

What You'll Learn

  • How to evaluate & create data management policies
  • Technological patient data protection methods
  • Healthcare enterprise planning techniques
  • Models for managing revenue cycles
  • Health information compliance program creation

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Career Outlook

If you're looking to enter the health information management field, you've chosen a strong field. With big data being used to inform health interventions and population healthcare approaches, there's a great need for health information managers.

Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities for medical and health services managers are expected to grow 28% — much faster than average — through 2032.1

Salary

The median annual salary was $104,830 for medical and health services managers in 2022.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Andrea Johnson MignottThe health information management program may prepare you for positions with a specific focus on compliance, privacy or clinical data analysis in any number of fields. 

Andrea Johnson-Mignott, a clinical faculty for health professions at SNHU, also notes job opportunities in health information management have been expanding in academia.

"Health information management is a rapidly growing profession with many specialized areas as the implementation of electronic health records increases. This growth will affect those who work in healthcare analysis and big data analysis, in addition to those who work in academic settings. Many HIM professionals do not usually consider working as an educator, but there is a need in this area, and they are prepared to take on these roles."

Where Could You Work?

Ambulatory Care Facility

(Nursing home administrators)

Manage staff, admission, finances and care of residents in a nursing home.

Outpatient Clinics

Manage a department's policies, reports/budgets and staff training on electronic health record (EHR) best practices.

Primary Care Offices

Take charge of the maintenance and security of all patient records and data.

Insurance Companies

Oversee teams that review claims and communicate with submitters to minimize inaccurate reimbursements/billing. 

Hospitals

Direct the design and implementation of electronic medical records systems.

Universities

Teach and advise health professions students in subjects like healthcare reimbursement and medical terminology. 

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Health Information Management Degree

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Preparing You for Success

Heidi Nolan '19

“I’m speaking with higher-level executive staff every single day."

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.

These courses 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 range of opportunities and disciplines within healthcare information management in:

  • 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 last class – the capstone course – 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.

Our Program Mission:

Prepare students as ethical leaders and managers of health information, fostering their ability to think critically, plan strategically, and work collaboratively across an organization, while using technology to protect patient data and solve healthcare needs.

The program's mission and goals form the basis of program planning, implementation and is compatible with the mission of the Health Professions (HP) department and the university as a whole. The program's mission and goals are outcome-focused and measurable to improve program health and address any disparity in the curriculum.

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.

The Health Information Management accreditor of Southern New Hampshire University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The University's accreditation for the Master's Degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2030. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph St., Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601; by phone at 312.235.3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

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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 $1,911 $637 $9,555 
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.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
Course Materials ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

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