Online Master's in Health Information Management: Health Informatics Option
Learn how to utilize health care data to enhance decision-making, improve outcomes and support the continuity of care across the health care delivery continuum with UMass Lowell's online Master's in Health Information Management (HIM): Health Informatics Option. Courses emphasize the technical aspects of health data management, storage, retrieval, access, exchange and analysis following current state and federal regulations, corporate compliance data integrity, and meaningful use standards.
There is a high demand for health information professionals who possess a unique blend of health care and information technology knowledge, and this need spans numerous industries, including public health organizations, long-term and memory care facilities, health care software companies, hospitals, government agencies, medical centers and academic institutions.
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Apply credits from lower credentials to higher ones. Our programs are designed to build upon themselves:
- Total Number of Courses Required for the
Master of Science in Health Information Management: Health Informatics Option
: 12 Courses (36 credits)
To be recommended for a University of Massachusetts Lowell master's degree, candidates must satisfy all of the general requirements below, plus any additional requirements that may be required by the department through which the program is offered. Any additional requirements for this program are either listed below or may be found in the University's Graduate Program Catalog.
- Students must complete the program of study designed by the Department in which they are enrolled and approved by the University.
- Satisfactory grades in all subjects offered for the degree must be earned. See Academic Standing.
- All financial obligations, including tuition, fees and expenses, must be satisfied as evidenced by completion.
- Upon completion of all their courses, graduate degree candidates must submit a signed Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.
Graduate Program Policies
In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition at UMass Lowell is typically half the cost of private colleges, and our online tuition is among the lowest in the nation. Tuition for online programs offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same whether you live in-state, out-of-state or outside of the U.S.
Spring 2024 Tuition
|Cost Per Credit||Cost Per 3-Credit Course*|
|On Campus||View Here||View Here|
|Term Registration Fee||$30|
|Graduate Degree and Certificate Application||$50|
Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, UMass Lowell's online Health Information Management program is CAHIIM accredited. In fact, we offer the first CAHIIM accredited master's degree in New England from a public institution. As a result, if you are a student in our program, you will be eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) exams, including the RHIA and the RHIT. These certifications will increase your earning potential and career opportunities.
Health informatics is the application of technology and data science in the healthcare industry to improve patient outcomes, enhance efficiency, and drive innovation. It encompasses a wide range of areas including electronic health records, telemedicine, mobile health apps, and data analytics. By leveraging technology to gather, analyze, and interpret data, health informatics enables healthcare professionals to make informed decisions and provide better, more individualized, care.
Health informatics plays a crucial role in healthcare by facilitating the efficient management of patient information. It allows healthcare providers to access and share patient data seamlessly, improving coordination and collaboration among different care teams. This ensures that patients receive the right care at the right time, reducing the risk of medical errors and improving overall patient safety. Additionally, health informatics enables the integration of clinical guidelines and evidence-based practices into healthcare workflows, promoting standardized and high-quality care delivery.
Yes, for those with a medical or business background, health information is an excellent career. Not only are HIM professionals in high demand, but you can expect six-figure entry level salaries, plus varied activities and responsibilities at work which keeps the job interesting.
Many HIM professionals find their careers very meaningful and satisfying. The impact of health informatics on healthcare is far-reaching and multifaceted, putting you in a position to improve patient outcomes. By analyzing large datasets, health informatics can identify patterns and trends that help in disease prevention, early diagnosis and personalized treatment plans. This not only improves patient health but also reduces healthcare costs by avoiding unnecessary procedures or hospitalizations.
You can also enhance efficiency in healthcare delivery. Streamlining administrative processes using electronic health records reduces paperwork and allows healthcare providers to access patient information quickly. This leads to faster decision-making, improved workflow, and increased overall efficiency. Furthermore, telemedicine and mobile health apps enable remote patient monitoring and virtual consultations, reducing the need for in-person visits and providing convenient access to healthcare services.
The field of health informatics offers a wide range of career opportunities for individuals interested in the intersection of healthcare and technology. According to UMass Lowell's graduate coordinator, Sandra Guy, there are over 180 professions available for graduates of the Health Information Management program. Professionals in health informatics can work in settings that range from hospitals and health care clinics to government agencies, research institutions and healthcare technology companies.
Some of the key roles in health informatics include health informatics specialist, clinical informatics analyst, health information manager and data analyst. These roles involve utilizing technology and data science to improve patient care, optimize healthcare workflows, and drive innovation in healthcare delivery.
Health information management professionals are very well compensated and can expect to enter the field earning close to six-figure salaries if you possess a master's degree. According to labor analytics firm Lightcast, the median salary for HIM professionals in New England who have graduate degrees is $111.4K per year.
While the cost of tuition for CAHIIM-accredited programs will vary depending on the institution it's important to consider the long-term benefits of accreditation, such as enhanced job prospects and a higher return on investment in the form of better career opportunities and earning potential.
UMass Lowell offers the first CAHIIM-accredited master's degree from a public institution in New England. As such, the tuition rates for our programs are significantly lower than what you can expect to pay from a private university, while providing the same high quality learning experience and career outcomes.
- Official transcript indicating graduation from an accredited baccalaureate institution
- Two letters of recommendation pertaining to academic ability and professional performance
- A page-length Statement of Purpose indicating career plans, interests and objectives in pursuing a graduate degree
- GRE temporarily waived
- Citizens of non-English speaking countries who have never earned an academic degree in the United States must submit TOEFL scores. (Minimum 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 Internet-based).
- A professional resume
- F1 student visas are not issued for this program since it is offered exclusively online.
Although a background in health is not required for admission, applicants with health-related work experience are given preference when program capacity is limited. For applicants without health-related work or educational experience, academic and professional history is important.
Graduate Program Admissions Requirements
Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before formally applying to the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.
Questions Regarding Your Graduate Application?
Email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu or call 800-656-4723 (for U.S. students) or 978-934-2390 (for international students).
For General Assistance:
For general questions about registering for courses or to find out who the advisor is for your graduate program, call 800-480-3190. Our admissions and advising teams are here to help!