The cutting-edge Master of Science in health informatics administration program at University of Maryland Global Campus is taught by healthcare technology professionals who can help you develop the expertise to oversee the complex coordination of your organization's health informatics and administration needs.

If you are an experienced healthcare professional or an information technology specialist working in a healthcare setting, or are looking to transition to this exciting field, the health informatics administration program can help you obtain the skills and knowledge you need to apply best practices in health informatics or information management in a dynamic healthcare environment.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Health Informatics Administration Master's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply advanced knowledge of electronic health record systems, medical coding, and IT system security and interoperability
  • Design, manage, and interpret health classification systems, healthcare databases, data warehouses, healthcare data sets, registries, and other mediums of health information management
  • Design and implement various health informatics and information management policies and procedures (e.g., those related to fraud and surveillance, data management, personnel management, data privacy, security and confidentiality, and clinical documentation improvement)
  • Interpret and comply with various aspects of state and federal legal and regulatory standards (e.g., coding and revenue, privacy, security, federal employee labor laws, confidentiality, release of information, maintenance of health records, licensure, and accreditation)

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Construct a workflow process redesign depicting positions conducive to an enterprise information management landscape
  • Prepare Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) documents for acquiring electronic health record (EHR) systems.
  • Research and delineate factors acting as barriers to EHR adoption
  • Develop a data quality management system assessment tool
  • Create a data breach notification letter to advise patients of a recent breach of data that affects a large integrated delivery system
  • Create a project management plan to integrate the use of artificial intelligence
  • Prepare a comprehensive healthcare finance fraud, abuse, and compliance program to establish a gateway between revenue and reimbursement practices and ensure ethical and professional adherence to applicable federal laws

Health Informatics Administration Master's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's Courses

Initial Requirement

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • HCAD 600
  • ITEC 610
  • INFA 610
  • HIMS 650
  • HIMS 655
  • HCAD 640
  • HCAD 650
  • HIMS 661
  • ITEC 640
  • DBST 651
  • IMAT 637

Capstone Course

  • HIMS 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • You are advised to take HCAD 600 and ITEC 610 first.
  • You will benefit most by taking the courses in the order listed.
  • You must have successfully completed 30 credits of program coursework, including HIMS 650, HIMS 655, and HIMS 661, before enrolling in HIMS 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for health informatics and information management within the dynamics of the healthcare environment. Career fields include clinical/health data analysis, clinical informatics, health information management, and health information/informatics consulting.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

You will find it beneficial to have three years of professional work experience in a healthcare setting, especially in health information technology or information technology, although it is not required. UCSP 605 is recommended to help improve writing skills.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The mission of the UMGC Healthcare Community Hub is to encourage each member to sustain a philosophy of lifelong leadership development and increased knowledge, skills, and education, thereby ensuring the pursuit of quality healthcare in the community.

Awards & Recognition

Program Accreditation

The Health Informatics Administration program's accreditor of the University of Maryland Global Campus is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for a Master's degree in Health Informatics Administration has been reaffirmed through 2023. All inquiries about the program's accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at

Additional Information

Student Achievements

The student retention rates for the MS in Health Informatics Administration program in the academic year 2019-2020 were at 75.5 percent, in addition to the 18.8 percent (122 students) who graduated in that academic year. The program graduation rates are at 97 percent after 48 months in the program. About 89 percent of the students in the program are employed full-time with another 6 percent employed part-time. As a result of studying in the program, about 6 percent changed jobs and more than 7 percent advanced in their current jobs, with the rest of the students stating changes such as improved or enhanced job skills, improved professional networks, increased salaries, or improved chances to obtain better jobs.

Program Advisory Board

This program maintains an advisory board of experts who are leaders in the field of healthcare information technology. The following board members provide input into the curriculum for the Master of Science in health informatics administration, ensuring the program aligns with industry requirements:

  • Anthony Blash, Assistant Professor, Clinical Informatics and Analytics, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences, Belmont University

  • Barbara Werner-Lubich, Director of Clinical Risk Management, Maryland Medicine Comprehensive Insurance Program

  • Brian R. Bennighoff, Director of Health Information Management and Privacy Officer, Calvert Memorial Hospital

  • Marion Adineh, Senior Director, Kaiser Permanente

  • Mona Calhoun, Chairperson, Health Information Management Coppin State University

  • Natassja Manzanero, Public Health Analyst, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

  • P. Kenyon Crowley, Deputy Director, Center for Health Information and Decision Systems, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Patricia Coffey, Chief of Health Information Management, National Institutes of Health

  • Richard G. Verrill Jr., Executive Consultant, Enterprise Resource Performance


Program Accreditation


This program is accredited as a Health Information Management Master of Science Degree by the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois. CAHIIM is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. CAHIIM institutes and enforces accreditation standards and accredits Health Informatics and Health Information Management degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree levels in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Graduates of the Masters of Science in Health Informatics Administration program are eligible to apply for the Registered Health Information Administrator national certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association.


Special Designations

HIMSS Approved LogoUMGC is an Approved Education Partner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and our graduates are eligible to take the CAHIMS/CPHIMS (Certified Associate/Professional in Health Information and Management Systems) certification exams.