May 30, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog and Handbook 
2021-2022 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Health Information Management

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Academic Director: Ellen Karl, MBA, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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The mission of the Health Information Management Program is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to develop, implement, and manage health information and data for quality care, reimbursement, research, planning, and evaluation. The program provides students with the most relevant coursework needed and required by today’s health care industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  1. Design effective strategies based on concepts of leadership and health information management in administrative and business environments.
  2. Analyze the impact of privacy and security, ethics, professional standards, and the law on health information.
  3. Evaluate public policy and health care policy issues and procedures to support U.S. and global health information management. 
  4. Evaluate compliance with regulatory requirements and reimbursement methodologies.
  5. Analyze classification systems, clinical vocabularies and nomenclatures and the impact on the health care continuum.
  6. Create and analyze organizational knowledge with technology applications to improve patient care.
  7. Evaluate the rapidly changing healthcare industry by researching the healthcare ecosystem.

The Program

The rapid transition to electronic health systems have increased the need for healthcare facilities to hire educated and experienced health information management (HIM) professionals. It is crucial for healthcare organizations to employ a clear HIM strategy with the most qualified people at its helm to ensure secure access to data, enhance decision making, maintain financial balance, and improve the quality of patient care and outcomes.

The online MS in Health Information Management degree program aims to meet this demand by preparing HIM professionals to implement and manage information systems in complex healthcare environments. Modeled after CAHIIM standards and taught by the most knowledgeable leaders in the HIM community, the program gives students the skills to:

  • Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of computer technology and information systems
  • Design, implement, and evaluate system-wide health information systems while meeting regulatory requirements
  • Analyze the impact of privacy and security, ethics, professional standards, and the law on health information
  • Assess public policy and healthcare procedures to support U.S. and global health information management
  • Safeguard the accuracy and integrity of health information to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery and critical decision-making

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide two letters of recommendation. An individual interview may be necessary.

Students who do not have prior background in health information management may need to take additional prerequisite/and or requisite course content as defined by the academic program. Those with a variety of undergraduate majors and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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