Combine your health care experience and IT skills with our M.S. in HIIM.

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Combine your health care experience and IT skills with our M.S. in HIIM.

The Federal Government has turned up the pressure on hospitals and health care providers to adopt and implement electronic health records (EHRs). As a result, careers in health information management (HIM) are one of the most promising health care paths around.
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Master of Science in Health Care Informatics & Information Management

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Why should I pursue an M.S. in Health Care Informatics & Information Management?

Electronic health records (EHRs), provider order entry systems and diagnostic technologies are just a few of the IT solutions being implemented by today’s health care industry. In addition to the demands of the electronic health record systems, other applications are being deployed that require health professionals who understand both technology and the management of information.  Electronic information plays a critical role in reducing medical errors and decreasing costs, ultimately leading to happier, healthier patients.  

The demands to develop and maintain our country’s health data systems are rapidly increasing. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there will be a 15 percent growth in the number of health information management jobs through 2024. 

It takes trained, experienced professionals to ensure that health care systems deliver timely and accurate information in the correct format while meeting regulatory requirements.

Is a Master’s degree in Health Care Informatics & Information Management for me?

Health care informatics and information management professionals understand technology and its role in promoting the effective organization, management and use of information within the health care environment and also work to bridge the gap between clinicians and technical employees.

People who pursue HIIM careers have strong analytical and technical skills, coupled with communication skills to work alongside other professionals. Perhaps above all else, an ethical mindset and the ability to keep patient data confidential is essential to uphold the integrity of the profession. 

If you’re a member of the military or you’ve returned from military service, Regis also has great tuition options to help you build on the skills you learned during your service.

What will I learn in Regis’ Master of Science in Health Care Informatics and Information Management program?

Our M.S. in Health Care Informatics and Information Management program is designed for current health care professionals looking to expand your knowledge of systems planning and implementation, workflow design, security management and electronic health information management. Beyond IT, the program also includes project management, leadership development and ethics all taught from a health care perspective.

Unlike other programs, our master’s degree prepares you with knowledge of both health informatics and health information management. What’s the difference? Informatics is focused on designing, developing and maintaining systems and processes, while information management is focused on maintaining, organizing, and securing patient data.

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Is Regis’ HIIM program accredited?

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional higher education institutional accreditors in the United States and a member of the North Central Association.

What class formats are available?

At Regis, we understand the challenges of working full time while pursuing your degree. Our flexible, online format is designed to help you succeed. Each class runs for eight weeks, so you can make rapid progress toward your degree and complete it within 24 months.

When do Regis’ HIIM classes start?

Courses are offered in eight-week formats that begin three times per year:

  • January
  • May
  • August

Meet our Health Care Informatics & Information Management faculty

Sheila A. Carlon, Ph.D., RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA – Professor, Chair of Health Information Management Department

Kelly Rinker, MA, RHIA, CPHIMS – Assistant Professor, Health Information Management

Career Opportunities

What careers can I get with a Master’s degree in HIIM?

Many current health care practitioners or IT professionals interested in health care positions pursue an advanced degree in health care informatics.  Careers typically build off previous health care or IT careers and can include informatics specialists, clinical analysts, and informatics managers. Many go on to advanced roles as directors, leading teams of other professionals.

Career opportunities for HIIM professionals extend beyond hospitals. Many work for insurance companies, accounting firms, government agencies, in academia and pharmaceutical firms. 

Career support from Regis

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources, training and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic major, explore and find a new career path, or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Center for Career and Professional Development page.

What salary can I expect with a degree in HIIM?

Salaries in the HIIM field depend upon your years of experience, previous education, responsibilities, geographic location and employer. As an example, here are the median salaries* for three different job levels as reported by payscale.com

  • Clinical Informatics Specialist  - $70,016
  • Clinical Informatics Manager - $91,653
  • Nursing Informatics Director - $101,206

*- Salary information based on data from spring 2016.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Master of Science in Health Care Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) program at Regis University. The total degree requires 36 semester hours.

Health Care Informatics and Information Management Requirements
HCI 600 Information Technology Concepts in Health Care (3 semester hours)
HCI 620 Data Mining for Decision Support in Health Care Settings (3 semester hours)
HCI 625 Workflow and Change Management in Adoption of Health IT (3 semester hours)
HCI 635
Design and Selection of IT Systems in Health Care (3 semester hours) 
HCI 645 Management of e-HIM (3 semester hours)
HCI 680 Capstone: Applied Research Project (3 semester hours)
HCI 650 Health Care Informatics & Information Management* (3 semester hours)
HSA 658 Strategic and Project Management in Health Care* (3 semester hours)
MSCD 600
Database Architecture (3 semester hours)
MSCI 610 Ethics in Information Technology (3 semester hours)
MSIA 672 Managing a Secure Enterprise (3 semester hours)
Elective HSA, HCI, MSCC course (3 semester hours)

*Students progressing from Regis University's HIM/HCA undergrad programs may use these courses to fulfill graduate requirements.

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

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Detailed admissions criteria and FAQs are listed below.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA - ELIGIBILITY

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale or a satisfactory score on the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). (Note: Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis by the Division of Health Services Administration.)
  • Two or three years of management experience in a health industry setting with exposure to health care systems is strongly recommended.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language proficiency requirement:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening) on the TOEFL.
    • TOEFL – Computer-based: Minimum score of 213
    • Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.

RANKING

  • Applications for the HIIM program are evaluated on a rolling admission basis. An application is reviewed and an enrollment decision is made once all required application materials are submitted.
  • The ideal candidate holds a baccalaureate degree in Health Care Administration/Health Information Management or a baccalaureate degree in technology, business or other health related field. Applicants without degrees or experience in a health-related field may be required to take prerequisite course work.

Applications for the Masters of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management program are evaluated on a rolling admission basis. Your application is reviewed and an enrollment decision is made once all required application materials are submitted.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

You are encouraged to submit all required application materials at once, with the exception of official transcripts.

  • Complete the online application.
  • Request official transcripts to be sent directly to Regis University from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
    • Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu
    • Submit mailed transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Academic Records
      3333 Regis Blvd. A-8
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
  • Submit a current resume.
  • Submit one recommendation form. Select professional and academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. The recommendation forms provided must be used.
  • Admission Essay (instructions to upload your completed essay are included in the online application)
  • Submit a non-refundable $50.00 application fee. Make your check payable to Regis University. You may also pay the application fee using a credit card by calling 800.388.2366 x-4344.
  • Personal Interview - May be required.
  • Direct all written materials and inquiries to:
    Regis University
    Office of Admissions, Mail-Code G-9
    3333 Regis Blvd
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
    Contact: 303.458.4344
    Fax: 303.964.5534
    Email: hsam@regis.edu

All documents submitted during the application process become the property of Regis University.

FAQS

Will this degree qualify me to sit for the RHIA?
The Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) licensure is not included in the MS-HIIM program. If you currently have a bachelor degree in any area, we encourage you to apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (www.regis.edu/himct). Completion of this certificate will qualify you to sit for the RHIA licensure examination.

When does the program begin?
The MS-HIIM program begins in Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Please refer to the academic calendar for specific start dates in these semesters.

Class Start Dates

Please refer to the academic calendar. 

This is a rolling admissions program in which we accept applications at all times. You are encouraged to submit your application materials as soon as they are completed.

Tuition & Fees

2015-2016 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2015

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Online $21,830 36 $605 $50

2016-2017 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2017

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Online $22,860 36 $635 $50

Additional fees may apply. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information. Click here for information regarding student parking fees.