The Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration is accredited as a Health Information Management Master of Science Degree by the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is an independent organization that accredits health informatics and health information management degree programs.
The Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration (MSHIA) degree has a dual emphasis: health care administration and informatics (information science) applied to the health care industry. It is geared toward health care professionals as well as information technology professionals who work in health care settings.
Graduates of the Masters of Science in Health Informatics Administration program are eligible to apply for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) national certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
The curriculum requires 36 credits of coursework, two integrative health care administration informatics courses, one of which is a capstone, five technology courses, four health care administration courses; and a research methods course.
Students must have successfully completed 30 credits prior to enrolling in HIMS 670.
- Candidates for this program should have at least three years of professional work experience in a health care setting or in information technology in a health care setting
- The recommended first courses are HCAD 600 and ITEC 610.
- Students will benefit most by taking the courses in the order listed.
- Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take COMM 600, Academic Writing for Graduate Students (3).
- Prior to enrolling in HCAD 640, students pursuing this program should have successfully completed (minimum grade of B or better at the graduate level or C or better at the undergraduate level) a three credit course in financial decision making.
- Students who have not had any recent statistics use should take UCSP 630 prior to taking HIMS 650.
UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study
- HCAD 600 Introduction to Health Care Administration (3)
- ITEC 610 Information Technology Foundations (3)
- HIMS 650 Research Methods for Health Care Managers (3)
- INFA 610 Foundations of Information Security and Assurance (3)
- HIMS 655 Health Data Management (3)
- HCAD 640 Financial Management for Health Care Organizations (3)
- HCAD 650 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (3)
- HIMS 661 The Application of Information Technology in Health Care Administration (3)
- ITEC 640 Information Technology Project Management (3)
- DBST 651 Relational Database Systems (3)
- IMAT 637 IT Acquisitions Management (3)
HIMS 670 Health Informatics Administration Capstone (3)
Note: HCAD courses are only available to students enrolled in a health care administration specialization, degree, or certificate program or the health informatics administration degree.
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* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
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