Advance your healthcare career by building expertise in two key areas with the master's degree program in health informatics administration.

The cutting-edge Master of Science in health informatics administration program at University of Maryland University College, taught by healthcare technology pioneers, helps you develop the expertise to oversee the complex coordination of your organization's health informatics and administration needs.

If you are a midcareer healthcare professional or information technology professional working in a healthcare setting, the graduate health informatics administration program can give you practical knowledge for professional success and the high-level understanding you need to advance beyond your current role.

About the Health Informatics Administration Master's Degree

Developed with input from employers, the courses in the graduate health informatics administration program feature projects with real data sets, guest speakers from the industry, and networking opportunities to help you build your career. Additionally, a board of industry leaders and employers advises our faculty to make sure our curriculum is covering emerging areas and staying relevant to you.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply advanced knowledge of electronic health record systems, medical coding languages, and IT system security and interoperability
  • Design, manage, and interpret health classification systems, healthcare databases, data warehouses, healthcare data sets, registries, electronic health records, and other mediums of health information systems
  • Design and implement various health informatics and information management policies and procedures (for example, those related to fraud and surveillance, data management, personnel management, data privacy, security and confidentiality, and clinical documentation improvement)
  • Interpret and comply with various aspects of state and federal legal and regulatory standards (for example, coding and revenue, privacy, security, federal employee labor laws, confidentiality, release of information, maintenance of health records, licensure, and accreditation)

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Develop a business plan for resolving a health informatics issue of their choice
  • Interview a chief information officer about his or her work, challenges, and career
  • Participate in a healthcare information technology simulation

Health Informatics Administration Master's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

We also recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Core Courses

  • HCAD 600
  • ITEC 610
  • HIMS 655
  • INFA 610
  • HIMS 650
  • HCAD 640
  • HCAD 650
  • HIMS 661
  • ITEC 640
  • DBST 651
  • IMAT 637

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • We highly recommend taking courses in the order listed.
  • If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before HCAD 640.
  • If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before HIMS 650.
  • We recommend taking HCAD 600 and ITEC 610 first.
  • Before enrolling in HCAD 640, you should have completed a 3-credit course in financial decision making (with a grade of C or higher if an undergraduate course; B or higher if a graduate course).
  • You must complete HIMS 655 before taking HIMS 650.

Capstone Course

  • HIMS 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • This course must be taken after you have completed 30 credits.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Program Admission Requirements

This program is for experienced healthcare, information technology, and related professionals as well as those looking to change career paths who are interested in obtaining and applying best practices in health informatics administration within a dynamic health care environment.

Program Accreditation

CAHIIM Accredited Program

This program is accredited as a Health Information Management Master of Science Degree by the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois. CAHIIM is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. CAHIIM institutes and enforces accreditation standards and accredits Health Informatics and Health Information Management degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree levels in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Information about program enrollment, graduation, and retention rates can be found in Health Informatics Administration student counts.

Graduates of the Masters of Science in Health Informatics Administration program are eligible to apply for the Registered Health Information Administrator national certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association.

Quality Assurance Recognition

HIMSS Approved LogoUMUC has been appointed an Approved Education Partner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and our graduates are eligible to take the HIMSS certification.


College Choice Health Informatics AwardUMUC's Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration has been ranked the Best Online Master's in Health Informatics Degree Programs in 2016 by College Choice.