Health Information Management, Master's

Degree Type

Master of Science


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Coppin State University’s Master of Science (MS) in Health Information Management (HIM) is designed to prepare students and professionals for senior-level career advancement. The MS in HIM graduate degree aims to provide advanced academic preparation and experiences for professionals focused on health informatics, health services administration, quality improvement, and risk management. The MS in HIM program is designed to facilitate the career advancement of practicing health information management professionals; however, it also facilitates the growth of those in clinical practice, laboratory science, or those committed to joining the health information discipline as new healthcare professionals such as nursing, health and health education, information technology and business management.

The MS in HIM program will be offered year-round, in the evenings to accommodate the working professional.

Educational Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the requirements for the MS in HIM degree, the graduate will have obtained:

  1. Advanced knowledge and skills in focus areas such as health services administration, project management, quality and risk management and health informatics.
  2. Knowledge in strategic decision making to move an organization’s mission and goals toward stated objectives.
  3. Skills to evaluate, select, and implement advanced principles and approaches to electronic health record (EHR) technology and work processes.
  4. Qualifications to be positioned to take on administrative positions in a multitude of provider organizations and related entities in the healthcare arena.
  5. Knowledge to plan, organize and manage a project involving a multidisciplinary team of professionals from inception to completion.
  6. Knowledge and skills to establish quality management programs using a multidisciplinary prospective.
  7. Communication skills and strategies to interact with multidisciplinary professionals.

Did You Know?

The MS in HIM program incorporates the disciplines of quality improvement and risk management, law, health service administration, research, finance, and information systems into one curriculum. Students graduating from this program are specialists in ensuring health information accessibility, privacy, and security; and in analyzing patient data for financially sound decision making and strategic planning.
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Admission Requirements

The MS in HIM is an advanced degree that builds on foundational skills learned in an undergraduate program. Students may also enroll in related courses in these areas prior to acceptance into the master’s program:

  • Health Statistics
  • Research
  • Accounting
  • Advanced Computers

Admission requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited institution
  • Admission to Coppin State University (online application)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. We may offer conditional acceptance for prospective students with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Demonstrate prior knowledge in or students may provide a portfolio for to earn Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • National certification in your field, if applicable
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended prior to CSU and College of Health Professions' School of Allied Health
  • Three (3) professional recommendations that highlight your personal and professional qualifications
  • Application essay detailing goals, objectives, and reason(s) for pursuing the MS in HIM
  • Personal interview

Submit all application materials to the School of Graduate Studies.

Why Attend the College of Health Professions?

  • Fall and Spring Admission
  • Fulltime Enrollment
  • Part-time option
  • Consistent cohorts
  • Student Support Services
  • Personalized academic and career advising
  • Expert faculty with HIM-field experience
  • Leadership development
  • Professional mentoring
  • Affordable tuition and fees

Career Trends

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of HIM professionals is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2030. More than half of new HIM graduates with a master’s degree start with salaries in the $75,000 to $100,000 range. With our MS in HIM plan of study, the School of Allied Health is prepared to assist with meeting HIM workforce needs.

Plan of Study

The length of the MS in HIM program is two (2 1/2) years full-time (once all pre-requisites have been completed). Following successful completion of the core courses, in the summer of year 2 and the final semester students can select a focus area of interest in either, health informatics, quality improvement and risk management, or health services administration to enhance their knowledge in one of these domains.

Total Program Credits: 47

Fall Semester (9 credits)

Course credits name
HIM 500 3 Issues and Trends in Health Care
HIM 501 3 Introduction to Health Informatics
HIM 502 3 Legal Issues of Health Information & Informatics Management

Spring Semester (9 credits)

course credits name
HIM 505 3 Financial Management for Health Care Organizations
HIM 506 3 Health Care Organization & Delivery
HIM 507 3 Health Information Clinical Classification Systems

Summer Semester (6 credits)

course credits name
HIM 503 3 Electronic Health Record Design & Planning
HIM 504 3 Human Resource Management in Health Care

Fall Semester (9 credits)

Course credits name
HIM 508 3 Research Methodology of Health Information
HIM 509 3 Data Warehouse and Mining
HIM 510 3 Advanced Concepts In Clinical Information Systems

Spring Semester (8 credits)

Course credits name
HIM 511 3 QI in Health Care
HIM 780 4 Capstone Project
HIM 781 S or NS *Internship (Optional)
HIM 782 2 RHIA Prep

*Total Credits minus track courses

Summer Semester (6 credits)

Course credits name
HIM XXX 3 Focus area course #1
HIM XXX 3 Focus area course #2

Fall Semester (9 credits)

Course credits name
HIM XXX 3 Focus area course #3
HIM XXX 3 Focus area course #4
HIM XXX 3 Focus area course #5
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