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Master's in Health Information Management Online MS in HIM

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Register By: January 01 Classes Start: January 03

Health Information Management Master's

  • $627/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • 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.

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 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.

Career Outlook

If you're looking to enter the health information management field, you've chosen a strong field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow an astounding 32% through 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 With big data being used to inform health interventions and population healthcare approaches, there's a great need for health information managers.

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 $104,280 in May 2020, 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 for a healthcare system, insurance provider or other types of payors. 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.

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.

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 
(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.