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Health Information Management

Master of Science

The Master of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) is designed for individuals with Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credentials. If you have already achieved your RHIA status, you can register for this master’s program and continue to build upon your leadership, critical thinking, communications, and problem-solving skills. This program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach that focuses on healthcare data as the foundation for organizational information and knowledge management systems, and emphasizes health data management, clinical and administrative decision-making, strategic planning, and outcomes management.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Assess organizational compliance with state and federal governmental regulations, accreditation, licensure and certification requirements.
  • Construct accurate quantitative evaluations related to health care statistics, financial management, and accounting standards and best practices.
  • Evaluate legal and ethical concerns related to confidentiality, security, and privacy issues in the management of health information in a the digital world.
  • Implement supervisory and management skills across business functions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specialized medical language, classification systems, and reimbursement methodology common in the field of health information management.
  • Synthesize material on health information management from multiple competing sources.
  • Summarize the significance of being a health information administrator in terms of challenges, trends, and developments in a social context.
  • Identify significant public policy issues in health information management.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

All APU graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

For this program, the following documentation is required and must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Official transcript showing a conferred bachelor’s degree in the STEM, business, management, or health-related fields (i.e. nursing, allied health, engineering, physical science, math, computer science, life science), or a minimum of two-years work experience in an HIM occupation.
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose and interest

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An APU admissions representative will contact you via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process, review your documentation, and to notify you when you have been admitted into the program and may register for courses.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

School of Health Sciences


School of Health Sciences

This program resides in the School of Health Sciences, where our practioners in the field are working hard to bring you relevant courses in healthcare and sports management. From our CCNE-accredited Bachelor’s in Nursing (RN to BSN) to our sports management degrees, the programs in the School of Health Sciences blend theory with hands-on practical application to give you a competitive advantage in the rapidly changing health sciences workplace. For example, the APU School of Health Sciences offers the only generalist Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in the nation with courses in disaster health management, quarantine, emergency management, and health and medical issues.

The APU School of Health Sciences is dedicated to preparing our students for industries relative to careers in healthcare, nursing, exercise and fitness, and overall public health. Our engaging, interactive learning environment is fostered by our faculty who can tap into the real-world resources you need to stay current and relevant in your field.

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners balancing school around work and other life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.

We encourage you to browse the School of Health Sciences webpage to learn more about our what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you