The Health Informatics and Management Program offers a master’s degree in the following concentrations:
At the local, regional and national level, our healthcare system confronts new challenges in coping with the many changes in technology, information systems, financing and management. For many health industry professionals seeking career advancement, a Master’s Degree is often required. Moreover, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of medical and health services managers is predicted to grow much faster than average through 2022.
The Health Informatics and Management (HI+M) program predominantly enrolls mid-career professionals working within health provider and other health-related organizations. Many students complete a Graduate Certificate before seeking admission to the Master’s Degree program, and the Certificate courses are accepted as credits toward the Master’s Degree.
UMass Lowell is one of the largest accredited online education providers in New England. The program was developed under a blended learning grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and its Sloan-C initiative, the HI+M program offers graduate studies in a new blended format that offers the "best of both worlds" – combining face-to-face and online classes – and provides a more accessible program of study for busy professionals. More recently, our graduate certificate in health Informatics is being offered online and provides students with a flexible opportunity to expand their educational preparations in the area of Health Informatics.
Although a background in health is not required for admission, applicants with significant health industry experience are given preference when program capacity is limited. For other applicants, one’s academic record and professional work experience are especially important. Applications can be submitted and evaluated at any time. We nevertheless recommend that those seeking admission for the Fall semester have applications complete by May 15, and that those seeking admission for the Spring semester have applications complete by December 15. All application materials go to Graduate Admissions.
Thirty-six credits (eleven 3-credit courses, plus a 3-credit Capstone Project) are required to obtain the Master’s Degree. The specific course requirements are indicated below, separately for Health Informatics and Health Management. Some course substitutions may be allowed based on prior academic and work experience.
Health Informatics students are required to take the following six courses:
Health Informatics students additionally take the following six Health Informatics courses:
Health Management students are required to take the following nine (9) courses:
Health Management students additionally take three of the following courses as electives:
Near the end of their Master’s Degree program, students register for the Capstone Project course and complete an independent study under faculty supervision. The Capstone Project applies concepts and skills learned in the program, and culminates in a substantial business-type report. Many students complete a Capstone related to their work in the field. For students who don't work in healthcare, Capstone internships can be arranged. All Capstone students present their findings at a semester-end program event that is open to all.
Sandra Guy-VanAmburgh, MPA, RHIA, CCA,CHPA
Visiting Professor - Department of Public Health