Combine your passion for healthcare with your aptitude for analytics

Master of Science - Health Informatics and Information Management (39 credits)

Prepare yourself for the vital role of securing and maintaining critical patient records and data with a master of science in health informatics and information management (MSHIIM). You’ll learn how to lead programs related to the access, protection and implementation of data systems, and you’ll dive into health information analytics that will support better, more informed decisions.

As the healthcare industry continues to grow, so does the demand for health information managers. Our students are well qualified for the job thanks to our program’s broad mix of data, information assurance and security courses. Plus, this master's program is one of only seven programs in the country accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and the only one in Michigan. 

All classes are offered online, with the majority offered as seven-week sessions, so even those with busy schedules can earn their Masters in a shorter amount of time. Our graduates are eligible to sit for the RHIA Exam (Registered Health Information Administrator).

Which class should I take? When should I take it?

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Program Mission

The mission of the MS HIIM is to prepare graduates who are positioned to utilize information technology resources to manage health data in an information-driven healthcare environment. The MS in HIIM designs its curriculum to meet requirements of the accrediting bodies.

Program Outcomes

Student Satisfaction 6.36 on a scale of 1-7

Graduate Satisfaction 100%

Graduate Recommendation of program 100%

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.  


 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 “C” or better must be earned in each course to show proficiency.

All students are required to have the equivalent of the following courses at the undergraduate level prior to admission to the program:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pathophysiology & Pharmacology

Graduate level Prerequisites (or equivalent course at undergraduate level or above)

  • CISP547 Database Design
  • IAAS581 Information Security and Assurance
  • STAT500 Statistics for Business


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.


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.


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

HIM/Allied  Department Chair and Interim Associate Dean, HIM BS and HIT AAS Program Director: Linda Sorensen, MPA, RHIA, CHPS

Associate Department Chair, HIM/Allied Graduate: Jeanne Freeman PhD, RHIA

Associate Department Chair: Megan Tober, MBA, RHIA

Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Stacie Kreinbrink, MBA, RHIA

Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Lisa Kagay, MBA, RHIA 


The HIIM Master's degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  Contact information:

   233 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 2150
   Chicago, IL 60601
   (312) 233-1183