The Health Information 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 Information Management (HSHIM) 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 provides a more accessible program of study for busy professional students with a flexible opportunity to expand their educational preparations in the area of Health Information Management.
- Official transcript indicating graduation from an accredited baccalaureate institution.
- Three letters of recommendation addressing academic ability and professional performance.
- A page-length Statement of Purpose indicating career plans, interests and objectives in pursuing a graduate degree.
- A professional resume.
- 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.
- 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.
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. Some course substitutions may be allowed based on prior academic and work experience.
MS - Health Information Management Program:
Core Requirements: The Following 9 courses are required:
Health Informatics Concentration:
Select 3 Electives among the following, in consultation with advisor.
Health Management Concentration:
Select 3 Electives among the following, in consultation with advisor:
Capstone Project Requirement
Near the end of their Master’s Degree program, students register for the Capstone Project 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 also be arranged.
For General Questions or Program-Specific Questions
Sandra Guy, MPA, RHIA, CCA,CHPA
Visiting Professor - Department of Public Health