UMass Lowell's online master's program in Health Information Management prepares students for roles as healthcare managers, health informatics managers and policy professionals.

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Online Program Designed for Working Professionals

Elevate Your Career by Improving Healthcare Outcomes

Information technology pervades every aspect of healthcare delivery today, providing access to rich and voluminous data. Professionals who can analyze and understand how data can best be used to improve healthcare outcomes are in high demand.

The UMass Lowell Master of Science Health Information Management program, which is ranked the 9th best online program according to Best College Reviews, will help you advance your career and, if you prefer, enter technical fields within the healthcare industry. Master’s-prepared employees in the field can earn more than $91,000 per year, according to

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Accredited Online Program

The Health Information Management program accreditor of UMass Lowell is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Master degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601, by phone at 312-235-3255 or by email at:

Learn Skills to Improve Quality of Care

While more technical or business-focused programs teach students how to crunch numbers in order to improve the bottom line, UMass Lowell’s program teaches these skills as ways to improve the quality of healthcare provided to patients in organizations that offer satisfying and rewarding work experiences to all staff members. Courses have been developed by faculty in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences Department of Public Health, while drawing upon the expertise of industry experts, through an organizational affiliation Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

As a student in the program, you'll choose one of two options: Health Service Management or Health Informatics. See more details under curriculum below.

Healthcare Connections

Due to the breadth and long history of health-related academic programming, UMass Lowell has close connections with dozens of healthcare providers in Massachusetts and New England, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Lahey Clinic, Lowell General Hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Kindred Healthcare, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Lowell Community Health Center.

  • The MS in Health Information Management is a 36-credit, 12-course program that offers courses that include organizational behavior, quantitative methods, health care finance, operations analysis, health care management, applied health economics, planning and marketing, healthcare information systems, law and ethics in health care, health policy, socioeconomic inequalities in health, health information system planning, database design, project management, strategic planning in health care and health information technology and electronic health records systems.

    The program offers two options:

    • Health Service Management: This option fosters the ability to make administrative decisions based upon sound policies, resource utilization, planning principles and analytical techniques to emphasize the delivery of quality patient care. Students also learn techniques for promoting a satisfying and rewarding work environment for all levels of staff within the healthcare organization.
    • Health Informatics: This option focuses on the effect that massive amounts of data has on health policy and healthcare delivery. Coursework in this concentration emphasizes information management and the ways in which health and computer sciences are coupled with resources and integrated into the management of healthcare for clinical, financial or analytical purposes. 

    Undergraduate students may qualify for the accelerated bachelor's to master's program.

    For more information on the curriculum including course listings and degree pathways, visit the Graduate Catalog.

    • Submitted online application
    • Official transcript from previously earned degree
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose
    • $50 application fee

    Students may complete one of two four-course graduate certificate programs, the certificate in health informatics or the certificate in health management before seeking admission to the master’s degree program, with the certificate course credits counted toward the master’s degree. 

    International Applicants

    • Applicants who earned their degree outside of the U.S. must have their transcript evaluated by a credentialing service such as WES or CED.
    • English proficiency testing
      • TOEFL minimum 79
      • IELTS minimum 6.5

    Please note, F1 student visas are not issued for this program since it is offered exclusively online.

    UMass Lowell Bachelor's to Master's Applicants

    Undergraduate students may qualify for the accelerated bachelor's to master's program. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for the latest information about admission, courses, retention, and degree requirements.

    Learn more about admissions requirements

  • Online

    Cost Per Credit: $600*
    Total Tuition (based on 36 credits): $21,600*
    *Cost per credit includes access fee (parking after 3 p.m. and access to Blackboard).

    Tuition for UMass Lowell Online and Professional Studies students is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students.

    For more information on tuition and financing, visit Graduate, Online & Professional Studies.

  • 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. According to, the average salary of a health informatics specialist is $91,000.

Why Study Health Information Management at UMass Lowell?

Andrew Farkas works on a patient on a MedFlight helicopter

“I wanted to complement my experience with more structured education,”

says Andrew Farkas, MS, CFRN, EMT-P, Chief Operating Officer for Boston MedFlight. That’s why he returned to college and earned a UMass Lowell master’s degree in health informatics, after a 35-year hiatus. Read more

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Solid Reputation

UMass Lowell health information master’s degree candidates are choosing the nation’s 16th best online program in the field, as rated by, and one that is an academic organizational affiliate of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

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