Advance your healthcare career by building expertise in healthcare, information systems and technology, and managerial and leadership sciences with the master's degree program in health informatics administration.

The cutting-edge Master of Science in health informatics administration program at University of Maryland University College is uniquely designed for both experienced healthcare professionals and information technology professionals but is accessible to those seeking to change career paths. It is taught by industry leaders to help you develop the expertise to oversee the complex coordination of an organization's health informatics and information management needs. This program can help equip you with the relevant practical knowledge, professional skills, and competencies to become a key player in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Health Informatics Administration Master's Degree

The program curriculum is a reflection of accreditation standards of the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education and certifications from the American Health Information Management Association and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Your courses will include information technology foundations, research methods for healthcare managers, information management for project management, and foundations of information security and assurance. During your final semester, you’ll complete an evidence-based research capstone project on a related topic of choice, demonstrating your newly acquired knowledge, skill sets, and abilities.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply advanced knowledge of electronic health record systems, medical coding languages, and IT system security and interoperability
  • Design, manage, and interpret health classification systems, healthcare databases, data warehouses, healthcare data sets, registries, electronic health records, and other mediums of health information systems
  • Design and implement various health informatics and information management policies and procedures (for example, those related to fraud and surveillance, data management, personnel management, data privacy, security and confidentiality, and clinical documentation improvement)
  • Interpret and comply with various aspects of state and federal legal and regulatory standards (for example, coding and revenue, privacy, security, federal employee labor laws, confidentiality, release of information, maintenance of health records, licensure, and accreditation)

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Construct a macro-level workflow process redesign depicting various positions conducive to a virtual enterprise information management landscape
  • Develop a data quality management system assessment tool
  • Design a comprehensive cultural competency training tool kit and business proposal to pitch the idea of developing an in-house language interpreter program
  • Create a data breach notification letter to notify patients of a recent breach of data that affects a large integrated delivery system
  • Create a project management plan to integrate the use of artificial intelligence
  • Prepare a comprehensive healthcare finance fraud, abuse, and compliance program to establish a gateway between revenue and reimbursement practices and ensure ethical and professional adherence to applicable federal laws

Health Informatics Administration Master's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • HCAD 600
  • ITEC 610
  • HIMS 655
  • INFA 610
  • HIMS 650
  • HCAD 640
  • HCAD 650
  • HIMS 661
  • ITEC 640
  • DBST 651
  • IMAT 637

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • We highly recommend taking courses in the order listed.
  • If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before HCAD 640.
  • If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before HIMS 650.
  • We recommend taking HCAD 600 and ITEC 610 first.
  • Before enrolling in HCAD 640, you should have completed a 3-credit course in financial decision making (with a grade of C or higher if an undergraduate course; B or higher if a graduate course).
  • You must complete HIMS 655 before taking HIMS 650.

Capstone Course

  • HIMS 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must have successfully completed 30 credits of program coursework, including HIMS 650, HIMS 655, and HIMS 661, before enrolling in HIMS 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

Graduates of the Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration can take AHIMA, RHIA, and CPHI, and HIMSS CAHIMS/CPHIMS certification exams.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We highly recommend prior professional or educational experience in health informatics and information management. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Academic club
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Health Informatics and Information Management Leaders of Tomorrow Club is a student- and alumni-led organization where members will receive professional guidance and support from the university and program faculty. Members will receive benefits including mentorship, networking, professional development, career coaching, research, volunteer and service opportunities, as well as other opportunities to enhance the knowledge and career advancement of its members.

Awards & Recognition

Additional Information

Program Advisory Board

This program maintains an advisory board of experts who are leaders in the field of healthcare information technology. The following board members provide input into the curriculum for the Master of Science in health informatics administration program at University of Maryland University College, ensuring the program aligns with industry requirements:

  • Anthony Blash, Assistant Professor, Clinical Informatics and Analytics, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences, Belmont University
  • Barbara Werner-Lubich, Director of Clinical Risk Management, Maryland Medicine Comprehensive Insurance Program
  • Brian R. Bennighoff, Director of Health Information Management and Privacy Officer, Calvert Memorial Hospital
  • Marion Adineh, Senior Director, Kaiser Permanente
  • Mona Calhoun, Chairperson, Health Information Management Coppin State University
  • Natassja Manzanero, Public Health Analyst, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
  • P. Kenyon Crowley, Deputy Director, Center for Health Information and Decision Systems, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Patricia Coffey, Chief of Health Information Management, National Institutes of Health
  • Richard G. Verrill Jr., Executive Consultant, Enterprise Resource Performance


Program Accreditation


This program is accredited as a Health Information Management Master of Science Degree by the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois. CAHIIM is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. CAHIIM institutes and enforces accreditation standards and accredits Health Informatics and Health Information Management degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree levels in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Graduates of the Masters of Science in Health Informatics Administration program are eligible to apply for the Registered Health Information Administrator national certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association.

The Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration (HIMS) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

For the 2016–2017 academic year, the MS in health informatics administration program achieved the following outcomes:

  • Student Satisfaction Rate: 98%
  • Employer Satisfaction Rate: 90%
  • Average GPA: 3.70


Special Designations

HIMSS Approved LogoUMUC is an Approved Education Partner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and our graduates are eligible to take the CAHIMS/CPHIMS (Certified Associate/Professional in Health Information and Management Systems) certification exams.