Master Degree in HIM
Master of Health Information Management (MHIM)
The Department of Health Information Management at Texas State University offers a master of health information management (MHIM) degree. The online MHIM degree program will offer current and emerging content about the evolving health information management field with the expanding reliance on patient data. HIM professionals are trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow in healthcare organizations from large hospital systems to private physician practices.
The MHIM is designed to prepare leaders in the field of health information and informatics with advanced knowledge and data analysis skills. With the implementation of electronic health records and recent payment reform initiatives, providers are motivated to be more efficient in their practices. To achieve efficiency, HIM professionals are needed for a diverse range of positions that involve the collection, handling and processing of clinical information for many purposes that will revolutionize clinical healthcare decision making and strategic planning. The job market for HIM professionals ranges from large medical and hospital systems, private physician practice, healthcare consulting companies, software and service vendors to a variety of healthcare related organizations.
The MHIM is a 36-hour degree program which includes a 30-hour core of Health Information Management (HIM) courses plus 6 hours of electives or thesis option. Electives in HIM Informatics, Computer Information Systems (CIS), and Health Administration (HA), allow the students to select a curriculum aligned with their career goals. Students will also have the option to complete 6 hours of thesis work in lieu of electives.
Principle 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; and contemporary leadership principles for HIM.
MHIM Degree Plans
MHIM Program Objectives:
- To provide a degree program that will prepare students for the emerging roles and functions within the health information management domain.
- To provide graduate level education where students develop problem-solving skills with ability to analyze and evaluate systems, technology, regulations, and data needs to assist in creating new methods to achieve greater efficiency.
- To provide a broad-based program of coursework to support the varied aspects of HIM practice focusing on data management, data analytics, compliance and regulations including privacy of patient information.
- To establish a framework for professional behavior and ethical principles to be used to guide decision-making and actins in the expanding role of health information management professionals.
- To conduct research that will exemplify and define the health information body of knowledge.
Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Credential Option: Students who complete the MHIM along with additional undergraduate course work, may be eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become a RHIA. Additional undergraduate courses or equivalents will be needed in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, statistics, and coding classification. The RHIA credential is recognized by healthcare employers and can position the MHIM graduate as a leader and role model in the health informatics and information management community.
For information about scholarships, financial aid and application deadlines, visit the Graduate College Web site at www.gradcollege.txstate.edu and click on Financing Your Graduate Education found in the drop down menu for prospective students.
Tuition and Fee Information:
Tiankai Wang, Graduate Advisor
Department of Health Information Management
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684