Community Health & Sustainability

Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management

The Health Informatics and Management Program offers a master’s degree in the following concentrations:

Program Objectives

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.

Admission Requirements

  1. Official transcript indicating graduation from an accredited baccalaureate institution.
  2. Three letters of recommendation addressing academic ability and professional performance.
  3. A page-length Statement of Purpose indicating career plans, interests and objectives in pursuing a graduate degree.
  4. A professional resume.
  5. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). If a student has already completed an HI+M Graduate Certificate program with a grade point average of 3.5 or better, the GRE is not required.
  6. TOEFL scores must be submitted if the applicant is a citizen of a non-English speaking country and has not earned an academic degree in the United States. (Minimum score: 79).

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.

Degree Requirements

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 Concentration:

Health Informatics students are required to take the following six courses:

  • PUBH.5020 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
  • PUBH.5110 Healthcare Finance
  • PUBH.5120 Operations Analysis and Quality Improvement
  • PUBH.5140 Healthcare Management
  • PUBH.6160 Law and Ethics in Healthcare
  • PUBH.7330 Capstone Project

Health Informatics students additionally take the following six Health Informatics courses:

  • PUBH.5310 Health Informatics
  • PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems
  • PUBH.6320 Health Information Systems Planning
  • PUBH.6330 Healthcare Database Design
  • PUBH.6350 Healthcare Project Management
  • PUBH.6380 Strategic Planning in Healthcare and HIT
  • PUBH.6390 Electronic Health Record Systems

Health Management Concentration:

Health Management students are required to take the following nine (9) courses:

  • PUBH.5020 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
  • PUBH.5060 Quantitative Methods in Healthcare Management
  • PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems
  • PUBH.5110 Healthcare Finance
  • PUBH.5120 Operations Analysis and Quality Improvement
  • PUBH.5140 Healthcare Management
  • PUBH.6160 Law and Ethics in Healthcare
  • PUBH.6250 Health Policy
  • PUBH.7330 Capstone Project

Health Management students additionally take three of the following courses as electives:

  • PUBH.5150 Applied Health Economics
  • PUBH.5270 Planning and Marketing in Healthcare
  • PUBH.6260 Leadership in Healthcare
  • PUBH.6270 Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health
  • PUBH.6320 Health Information Systems Planning
  • PUBH.6330 Healthcare Database Design
  • PUBH.6350 Healthcare Project Management
  • PUBH.6380 Strategic Planning in Healthcare and HIT
  • PUBH.6390 Electronic Health Record Systems

Capstone Project Requirement

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.

For General Questions

Robert Holmes, Ph.D.
Southwick 328 A
E-mail:
Robert_Holmes@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-5318

For Program-Specific Questions

Kimberly Flodin, MSHMP
HIM Program Student Advisor
Department of Community Health & Sustainability
College of Health Sciences
E-mail: Kimberly_Flodin@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-6628