Health Information
Management, M.S.

HEALTH INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS WORK AT THE INTERSECTION OF HEALTHCARE, TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS.

The Master of Science degree in Health Information Management (HIM) at Lewis University prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue leadership positions in the field of health information management, health administration, education, and research. The HIM program focuses on the strategic and operational relevance and robust power of clinical information, resources, workflow, and connectivity within the healthcare industry and public health sectors.

HIM professionals manage medical information vital to providing quality patient care, sound fiscal management of medical resources, and data governance supporting confidentiality of patient records. Management of the data includes acquisition, analysis, and protection of digital and traditional types of information. Their work connects clinical, operational, and administrative functions in healthcare. Certified professionals work on the classification of disease and interventions to ensure their standardization for use in clinical, financial, and legal purposes. The profession has seen significant expansion in non-patient care settings, with careers in managed care and insurance companies, software vendors, consulting services, government agencies, education, and pharmaceutical companies.

HIM program graduates are qualified to take the national registration exam to earn professional recognition as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). RHIA is a credential that assists graduates seeking initial employment or opportunities for career advancement in the healthcare field. The Master of Science in Health Information Management program will seek national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIM) Education.

100% Online Format

The M.S. in Health Information Management program at Lewis University is a 36-credit hour program offered in a completely online format. The curriculum is designed to allow students to focus intensively on two courses over each 16-week term (one each 8-week session). The culminating experience for students of the Lewis Health Information Management program is a research project approved and supervised by the faculty. Students must complete their capstone experience within 18 months following completion of the classroom portion of the program.

An advanced education serves as a gateway to opportunities. Through course experience under instructor guidance, you will gain important skills in critical thinking, decision formulating and leadership making you a frontrunner in the health data and information management arena.

Graduates of the M.S. in Health Information Management program will:

  • Uphold industry and government standards for data content and structure by adhering to information government policy and practice.

  • Preserve and protect health information through policy initiatives governing access, disclosure, archival, privacy and security.

  • Recommend health information systems and technologies to ensure accurate data collection and reporting using health data analytics.

  • Support revenue cycle management though strategic and operational planning.

  • Evaluate compliance with rules and regulations governing coding, fraud surveillance and clinical documentation improvement.

  • Determine organizational needs of the enterprise including human resources, financial management, information asset management using sound fiscal responsibility and compliance with ethical standards of practice.

Sample Course Topics

  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Healthcare Data, Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Healthcare Law and Ethics
  • Health Information Technologies
  • Statistical Analysis and Research
  • Finance and Revenue Management

Admission Requirements

To be accepted for admission in the M.S. in Health Information Management program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education; common majors include health information administration, nursing, healthcare leadership, health sciences, psychology, exercise science, and biology.

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

  • Prerequisite coursework with grade “C” or above completed within the last seven years in the following subjects: human anatomy & human physiology I & II, medical terminology, pharmacology, information systems, and statistics. Applicants can be accepted conditionally, with leveling courses required prior to beginning the program.

  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a supervisor in a work, internship, or volunteer setting; the other should be from a professional and/or academic source).
  • Application for graduate admission.

A balance of applicant experiences, attributes, and academic performance will be evaluated. Other areas evaluated include, but are not limited to: life experience, leadership experience, community service, written communication, work experience, commitment to the Lewis University mission, research and scholarship experience, participation in extracurricular activities, awards, and recognitions.

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