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MS Degree in Health Informatics and Information Management

 

Students who entered the program prior to Spring 2017 can find their degree requirements here.

Degree Requirements

MS, HIIM Plan of Studies

The Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (MS-HIIM) program’s curriculum is based on the standards published by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). The curriculum offers applicants two options for obtaining their MS-HIIM degree.  The first option, Health Informatics (HI), provides students with the knowledge and skills they will need to become productive health informaticians working in the healthcare sector.  The capstone to this option is an internship experience that allows students to put their newly gained knowledge and skills to the test in a real world, health care environment.  The second option (Thesis) is for students who wish to pursue an academic track, and who have aspirations to obtain a doctorate in the field of health informatics.

To obtain the MS-HIIM degree students must complete 39 credit hours, which is the equivalent of thirteen courses. The MS-HIIM curriculum includes the following courses (download the plan of studies):

Core Curriculum (30 semester credit hours)
COHE 6410: Electronic Health Records (3)
COHE 6420: Evaluation Methods in Health Informatics (3)
COHE 6430: Database Systems in Health Care (3)
COHE 6470: Health Information Privacy and Security (3)
COHE 6480: Health Data Structures (3)
COHE 6490: Foundations of Health Information Technologies (3)
COHE 6510: Social and Organizational Issues of Health Information Technologies (3)
COHE 6550: Health Informatics Project Design and Management (3)
COHE 6630: Quality Management in Health Care (3)
HIMA 6060: Health Informatics (3)

Health Informatics Option (9 semester credit hours)
COHE 6440: eHealth Care Information Systems (3)
COHE 6450: Decision Support in Health Care (3)
COHE 6803: Internship in Health Informatics and Information Management (3)

Thesis Option (9 semester credit hours)
COHE 6440: eHealth Care Information Systems (3)
COHE 6450: Decision Support in Health Care (3)
COHE 7000: Thesis (3)

Curriculum Plan

Courses within the curriculum are offered based on the following schedule:

Fall
COHE 6420: Evaluation Methods in Health Informatics (3)
COHE 6470: Health Information Privacy and Security (3)
COHE 6490: Foundations of Health Information Technologies (3)
COHE 6803: Internship in Health Informatics and Information Management (3)
COHE 7000: Thesis (3)
HIMA 6060: Health Informatics (3)

Spring
COHE 6410: Electronic Health Records (3)
COHE 6430: Database Systems in Health Care (3)
COHE 6450: Decision Support in Health Care (3)
COHE 6510: Social and Organizational Issues of Health Information Technologies (3)
COHE 6550: Health Informatics Project Design and Management (3)
COHE 6630: Quality Management in Health Care (3)
COHE 6803: Internship in Health Informatics and Information Management (3)
COHE 7000: Thesis (3)
HIMA 6060: Health Informatics (3)

Summer
COHE 6440: eHealth Care Information Systems (3)
COHE 6480: Health Data Structures (3)
COHE 6803: Internship in Health Informatics and Information Management (3)
COHE 7000: Thesis (3)

The program can be completed in 2-2.5 years for full-time students taking three courses per semester and who take courses during the summer terms.  Part-time students taking two courses per semester may need 3-3.5 years to complete the program of study. This depends on whether the student takes courses during the summer terms.

All degree requirements must be completed within six years of matriculation.

Transfer Credit Hours

Students accepted into the Master of Science of Health Informatics and Information Management program can transfer up to fifteen hours from either the Health Informatics or Health Information Management certificate programs. The number of credits that a student matriculating from a comparable program from another University may transfer is up to the discretion of the MS-HIIM program and the East Carolina University Graduate School.

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