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 pdf):
Courses within the curriculum are offered based on the following schedule:
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.
All students take a comprehensive examination in their final semester. The student must pass to graduate from the program.
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.