Master of Health Informatics and Information Management


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  • Program Overview

     

    The MHIIM program is an online master's program for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university. A new class of students enrolls each fall semester.

    The master of health informatics and information management, offered on a three-semester-per-year basis, is designed for, but not limited to, part-time, non-traditional students. Online coursework is the primary method of content delivery. A typical part-time course load is comprised of 6-7 credit hours per semester, and the typical time to completion is 6 semesters or 2 years.

    The program offers three tracks wherein students may earn a master of health informatics and information management. These include tracks in health informatics, health information management, and a track leading to eligibility for the RHIA exam of the American Health Information Management Association.

    Health informatics track (36 semester hours)

    The health informatics track prepares graduates to assume a critical role in the development and implementation of electronic medical records in hospitals and health systems as related to structure, function and transfer of information, socio-technical aspects of health computing, and human-computer interaction.

    Specifically, graduates will be able to do the following:

    • Describe the impact of modern computing technologies and the Internet on biomedical computing;
    • Examine sociotechnical aspects of health care computing;
    • Evaluate human computer interaction and incorporate human factors engineering principles into user interface design;
    • Develop computer programming skills required for implementation of technical security applications and software design;
    • Apply networking principles to achieve system interoperability and health information exchange;
    • Develop and map clinical terminologies, vocabularies and ontologies.

    Health information management (HIM) track (36 semester hours)

    The health information management track prepares graduates to assume a critical role in the development and implementation of electronic medical records in hospitals and health systems as related to computer networks, database and systems administration, security and programming.

    Specifically, graduates will be able to do the following:

    • Apply knowledge of health data structure, content, and acquisition to the management of health care data;
    • Manage processes for compliance and reporting of health care data based on knowledge of reimbursement methodologies, regulations and revenue cycle management;
    • Analyze and present data for quality management, utilization management, risk management and other patient care-related studies;
    • Apply knowledge of research methods to facilitate biomedical research while ensuring adherence to Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes and policies.

    HIM with RHIA eligibility track (42 semester hours)

    This curriculum includes courses in the health information management track and an additional six hours covering content required for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) national certification exam, administered by the American Health Information Management Association.

    The six additional hours may be taken concurrently with the HIM track hours and include professional practice experiences. The professional practice experiences are completed in health care or related settings and require the student to spend 80 clock hours in a professional practice site during the last year of the program. For more information about RHIA eligibility, contact the program director.

    Specifically, graduates will be able to do the following:

    • Apply knowledge of health data structure, content, and acquisition to the management of health care data;
    • Apply knowledge of clinical classification systems to manage processes, policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy of coded data;
    • Manage processes for compliance and reporting of health care data based on knowledge of reimbursement methodologies, regulations and revenue cycle management;
    • Analyze and present data for quality management, utilization management, risk management and other patient care-related studies;
    • Apply knowledge of research methods to facilitate biomedical research while ensuring adherence to Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes and policies.