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Health Information Management

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The online master of health information management (M.H.I.M.) program offers current and emerging content about the health information management field with expanding reliance on patient data. M.H.I.M. students will be trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow in healthcare organizations from large hospital systems to private physician practices.

The program prepares leaders in the field of health information and informatics with advanced knowledge and data analysis skills.


 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:
 

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Tiankai Wang
tw26@txstate.edu
512.245.7773
Encino Hall (ENC), Room 310B

Advisor Support
Dr. Alex McLeod
am@txstate.edu
512.245.8242
Encino Hall (ENC), Room 310B

“The HIM profession is ever-changing with new and exciting opportunities. The faculty members are dedicated to keeping the online master’s program on the cutting edge of education and real-life experiences with not only current events, but also newly evolving opportunities.”

— Kim Beesley, RHIA, M.H.I.M. ’19

Course Work

The M.H.I.M. is a 36-hour degree program offered exclusively online that includes a 30-hour core of health information management course work plus six hours of electives or a thesis option. Electives in HIM, computer information systems, and health administration allow students to select a curriculum aligned with their career goals. Students who choose the thesis option will complete six hours of thesis in lieu of electives.

Principal areas of study include:

  • health data content structure and standards
  • data security, privacy, and ethics
  • electronic health records throughout the enterprise
  • informatics, analytics, and data use
  • healthcare finance and revenue cycle management
  • quality improvement
  • research methods
  • compliance for HIM topics
  • contemporary leadership principles for HIM
Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.H.I.M. No concentration 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.H.I.M. No concentration 36 Thesis No minor
M.H.I.M. Health Informatics and Data Analytics 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.H.I.M. Health Information Security 36 Non-Thesis No minor
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Online Availability
The majority of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please review the eligibility requirements of enrolling in online programs and contact the International Office with questions.

The M.H.I.M. degree program supports the evolving HIM domain of knowledge and ethical practice. The online delivery format provides flexibility to the student.

Program Mission

The M.H.I.M. program aims to:

  • prepare students for the emerging roles and functions within the health information management domain

  • educate students to develop problem-solving skills for analyzing and evaluating systems, technology, regulations, and data needs to create more efficient methods

  • provide course work to support the varied aspects of HIM practice focusing on data management and analytics, compliance, and regulations including patient privacy

  • establish a framework for professional behavior and ethical principles for guiding decision-making and actions of health information management professionals

  • conduct research that will exemplify and define the health information body of knowledge

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Program Faculty

Graduate faculty have established research in HIM-related topics which include healthcare finance and policy analysis, usability of health information technology, privacy/security of health information, consumer engagement, electronic health records, and constructing requirements for health information systems. Faculty members’ research has been published in top-tier journals, including Perspectives in Health Information Management, The Journal of the American Health Information Management Association, The Health Care Manager, and the Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management.

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Career Options

The job market for HIM professionals includes positions within a variety of settings:

  • large medical and hospital systems
  • private physician practice
  • healthcare consulting companies
  • software and service vendors
  • healthcare-related organizations

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements


Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall June 1 June 1
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
The deadlines to apply for certain types of funding may be earlier than the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

Application

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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    OR
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

Non-concentration applicants:

  • completed background courses in:
    • Statistics
    • Intro to Micro Computer Applications
    • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
    • Medical Terminology
    • Anatomy and Physiology

Health Informatics & Data Analytics and Health Information Security concentration applicants:

  • evidence of clinical foundations knowledge

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.


GRE Scores

  • GRE not required

Documents & Other Requirements

  • interview with the graduate advisor assessing your commitment to completing the program
  • resume/CV

Non-concentration applications:

  • statement of purpose indicating your ability and interest in completing the degree program
  • three letters of recommendation from professionals or academics competent to assess your interest in pursuing a career or advancing in the field of study

Health Informatics & Data Analytics and Health Information Security concentration applicants:

  • statement of purpose
  • three letters of recommendation

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TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

Non-concentration applicants:

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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