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Health Informatics and Information Management, MS

Davenport University's graduate program in Health Informatics and Information Management is an interdisciplinary program providing a unique blend of business, technology and health care graduate education for current health systems environments. Today's health information management professionals are hybrids who work closely with technology professionals, management professionals and health care providers to ensure the integrity, confidentiality, and appropriate access of health care information. Reflecting the most contemporary practices in the field, the program is structured to provide multiple perspectives in the development, implementation, and maintenance of information and data systems; data analysis, and privacy and security, and strategic and operational resource policy and planning    This inter-disciplinary program prepares graduates to perform and lead activities related to access, protection, and implementation of systems to analyze and leverage health information into business intelligence for improved decision making in the information driven, knowledge-based environment..

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Effectively manage health care data using current health care requirements, standards, and technology.
  2. Develop, analyze, select, implement and manage information and communication technology, including hardware and software, to ensure data acquisition, storage, retrieval, analysis, destruction, privacy, and security of health information.
  3. Create policies and procedures addressing the use of networks, including intranet and Internet applications, to facilitate the systems life-cycle of an Electronic Health Record, Personal Health Record, and public health and other administrative applications.
  4. Develop strategic plans which include bringing together the components of human and other resources with project management and leadership skills and operations management theory and techniques.
  5. Take the leadership role in establishing an organizational culture that embraces the ethical use of confidential information and information technologies.
  6. Introduce and apply appropriate decision making and change management strategies while leading organizations toward the use of excellent health information technology systems based in the information-driven, knowledge-based health care environment.

Admission Requirements

Admission follows Davenport University admission and progression policy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.  

Prerequisite Requirements

 All students admitted into the Davenport University Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management are expected to have a bachelor degree with the necessary undergraduate preparation in management, technology and statistics typically found in a health, technology , or business discipline.  Students that have not successfully completed equivalent undergraduate courses will be required to complete the following graduate level pre-requisites or the undergraduate level equivalent course(s).  A grade of “B” or better must be earned in each course to show proficiency.

Graduate level Prerequisites
IAAS581 Information Security and Assurance
STAT500 Statistics for Business

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are eligible for admission to the MS in HIIM program at Davenport University if they meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or approved international with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better (on a 4.00 scale) is required. 
  • Proof of successful completion of undergraduate courses in management, technology and statistics typically found in a health, technology, or business discipline must be provided. Applicants who are not prepared in these areas may be required to take appropriate undergraduate equivalent courses or prerequisite (500 level) courses. 
  • A comprehensive 500 word minimum statement that focuses on the purpose in pursuing the MS in HIIM degree, past experiences, and future expectations.
  • A current resume/CV inclusive of education, work experience, and community service. 
  • Two professional letters of recommendation on Davenport approved forms must be provided.
  • The Admissions Committee may request a candidate interview before a final admissions decision.

Residency Requirements

Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (MS) Degree – A minimum of 30 semester credits, including the Capstone/Thesis course, must be completed at Davenport University; no transfer courses may be brought in after graduate credits have been earned at Davenport University.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Policy

All students in the Davenport University College of Health Professions are required to submit to criminal background check and drug screening at the time of declaring a major in the COHP. The results of the Testing , which shall remain confidential, shall be used by the COHP to approve or disapprove of a Student for enrollment or continued enrollment in the COHP, and/or eligibility for training programs, clinical or practicum. The Testing shall be completed by registering for the appropriate course and completing the entire testing process in the course. Each student is responsible for acknowledging and explaining positive Result(s) after completing the process. A student will be dismissed from the COHP if he or she refuses to consent to the Testing. The cost of the Testing is the part of the course fee and is the responsibility of the student.

Faculty and Staff

Associate Dean of Health Information Management (HIM): TJ Hunt, MBA, RHIA, CHTS-IM

HIM Department Chairperson, BS and AAS Program Director: Linda Sorensen, MPA, RHIA, CHPS

Associate Department Chairperson, MS Program Director: Jeanne Donnelly PhD, MBA, RHIA

Associate Department Chairperson: Megan Tober, MBA, RHIA 

Associate Department Chairperson: Wil Limp, MS, RHIA, CHTS-PW

Full-Time Faculty: Lisa Kagay, MBA, RHIA

Full-Time Faculty: Amanda Metzler, MS, RHIA

Full-Time Faculty: Pat Devoy, EdS, MA, LPN, RHIT, RAC-CT, CMA, RMA

Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Stacie Kreinbrink, MBA, RHIA

Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Kelly Williams, MBA, RHIT