Master's of Health Information Management (MHIM) Program

The Master's of Health Information Management program is an online master's program aimed at medical and information technology professionals in the health sector. It is anticipated that the majority of the students will study on a part-time basis while they continue to work full-time. The online format of the program will allow students to study at the time and place that is most convenient for them. Students will be allowed to start the program in any semester. There are two options available to complete the program:

1. A Course Route consisting of 30 credit hours (10 courses)
2. A Project Route consisting of 24 credit hours (8 courses) plus 6 credits of project hours

The Course Route is mandatory for students who want to qualify for eligibility to challenge the Canadian College of Health Information Management's (CCHIM) National Certification Examination (NCE).

The Project Route is an option for students who are already certified CHIM professionals. An Applied Project is a combination of course work and work-based learning. This component occurs in the latter stage of the program.

Admission Requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 75%.
  • Official transcript indicating at least:
    - One course (3 cr hrs) in Statistics
    - One course (3 cr hrs) in English
    - One course (3 cr hrs) in Science
    - Two courses (6 cr hrs) in Computer Science or other courses that prove the applicant's computer proficiency. (CS 100 and CS 110 equivalent)
    - The final grade for each of the courses mentioned above must be at least 75%.
  • Curriculum Vitae verifying completion of at least three years of professional work experience preferably in a health care sector.
  • Two letter of recommendation. One letter should come from a professional who has supervised the candidate's work. The other letter should be written by someone who is well situated to comment on the candidate's academic work. Both reference letters should address the candidate's interpersonal, academic and professional abilities.
  • An essay of no less than 500 words describing the student's motivation to pursue a graduate degree in Health Information Management, the skills that will help the student complete the program, and the student's career goals connected to this degree.

International Student Eligibility:

International students do not need a study permit to engage in an online program offered by a Canadian institution, nor do they need a study permit to be issued the degree upon completion of their program of study. However, international students enrolled in the MHIM program will need to obtain a study permit in order to attend a one week face-to-face seminar included in the HIM 804 Leadership in Health Organizations course.

MHIM Course Route:

MHIM 800 3 credit hours
MHIM 801 3 credit hours
MHIM 802 3 credit hours
MHIM 803 3 credit hours
MHIM 804 3 credit hours
MHIM 805 3 credit hours
MHIM 806 3 credit hours
MHIM 807 3 credit hours
MHIM 808 3 credit hours
One of MHIM 809, MHIM 810 or MHIM 811 3 credit hours
Total: 30 credit hours

MHIM Project Route:

MHIM 800 3 credit hours
MHIM 801 3 credit hours
MHIM 802 3 credit hours
MHIM 804 3 credit hours
MHIM 900 3 credit hours
MHIM 902 3 credit hours
Four of MHIM 803, MHIM 805, MHIM 806, MHIM 807, MHIM 808, MHIM 809, MHIM 810 or MHIM 811 12 credit hours
Total: 30 credit hours

Course Descriptions:

MHIM 800 - Statistics and Research Methods (3)
The objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, as well as an introduction to statistical concepts, methods and applications useful for health care and HIM professionals. The emphasis will be on application of statistical tools to support clinical and managerial decision making and identifying statistical tests and methods appropriate for the data and research design. Use of a computer-based statistical package will be required.

MHIM 801 - Data Management (3)
The objectives of this course are to understand data governance, data quality, data management, data standards, and data integrity. Students will learn the principles of data governance and develop policies and procedures to support the HIM life cycle. Data quality frameworks will be examined. The issues around data management and data integrity will be explored. Canadian health care databases will be used to create presentations.

MHIM 802 - Health Information Management (3)
The objectives of this course are to introduce principles of information governance, information management (HIM life cycle), and information storage and retrieval systems. Students will expand upon the topics learned in HIM801 Data Management to include the organizational structure of health care institutions, health information departments, disease registries, the medical record, and professional associations of the health information manager and tumor registrar. Various aspects of information storage and retrieval systems, documentation requirements, and public health and hospital statistics will be studied.

MHIM 803 - Coding and Classification (3)
The objectives of this course are to learn the concepts of coding classification and data capture to support health care policy, and to introduce the classification and terminology systems used in Canada and internationally. Students will be introduced to the principles of taxonomy and the purposes of classification systems. Students will interpret and apply terminologies, vocabularies, nomenclatures, and classification systems. Mapping of clinical vocabularies and terminologies to appropriate classification systems will be discussed. This course includes a lab component.

MHIM 804 - Leadership in Health Organizations (3)
This course focuses on leadership in a health organizational context and preparing students to undertake leadership roles in their HIM careers. Topics include leadership models and theories, critical thinking, change management, workflow analysis, human resource management, strategic planning, financial management, and ethics. It includes a one week face-to-face seminar.

MHIM 805 - Introduction to Health Informatics and Information Technology (3)
This course is an integrative study of the Information Technology (IT) used in all facets of health care administration and delivery. Emphasis is on the management, synthesis, and transformation of information for tactical and strategic decision making throughout the health care enterprise. Understanding of the underlying principles of networks, data storage, and the capabilities of modern computer architecture and software will be covered. Topics include e-health and electronic medical records, IT deployment and adoption, data security and data interoperability, privacy, confidentiality, information management planning, and legal and ethical issues related to IT and their implications on practice for the health care administrator and HIM professional. This course will address the theoretical and pragmatic issues related to Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology.

MHIM 806 - Health Information Systems (3)
This course is a continuation of HIM805 Introduction to Health Informatics and Health Information Technology. The course will build upon the basic concepts of the analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation of health information systems learned in the pre-requisite course. The course includes an introduction to the basic concepts of the analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation of health information systems. Students will be provided the opportunity to develop skills and ability in defining information needs, interpreting the capabilities of health information systems, setting forth the feasible alternatives, and guiding the appropriate diffusion of information science technology into the health care system.

MHIM 807 - Analytics and Decision Support (3)
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: explain the health system use of data (primary and secondary uses of health data); apply meaningful use of data; participate in clinical and administrative decision support; design data sources for intelligence extraction; and create business intelligence through data analytics; and create data visualization techniques. A laboratory component will be incorporated.

MHIM 808 - Health Databases and Database Management (3)
The objective of this course is to provide students with the ability to design and implement a relational database. This course addresses database theory, methodologies for database design, and issues related to database administrations specifically in a healthcare context. Emphasis is on requirements and methodologies for assuring data integrity and security in healthcare enterprise information systems, specifically in relationship to the database environment. An introduction to relational databases and the fundamental concepts is necessary for the design, use, and implementation of relational database systems.

MHIM 809 - Health Information Privacy (3)
In this course, students will design a privacy and security infrastructure including policies and procedures involving data collection, use, access, disclosure, retention, storage, destruction of paper, hybrid, electronic, digital images, voice recording and electronic mails. Privacy, security, and confidentiality policies and procedures will be discussed and developed. The legislative and regulatory requirements surrounding the release of health information at the individual and aggregate levels will be explored. Students will learn to educate staff and clinicians on health information protection methods. Risk assessment techniques will be discussed with a focus on access and disclosure management.

MHIM 810 - Finance and Compliance Management (3)
This course introduces students to an in-depth analysis of financial planning and management, risk and investment policies relating to HIM. The course serves as a framework for understanding a broad range of corporate financial decisions. This course addresses a growing need to adequately train health care leaders in the field of health care compliance and various topics in health care compliance, including corporate compliance (fraud and abuse, accountability reporting requirements, activity based funding), privacy, risk management and identity theft. Essential elements of a corporate compliance program will be presented. Privacy of personal health information will be discussed in terms of relevant legislation.

MHIM 811 - Health Information Projects Management (3)
The objectives of this course are to provide students with the necessary tools to assess project management tools, design strategic planning research models and methods, engage stakeholders in information governance initiatives, as well as propose innovative healthcare policies. Students will learn how to use research methods to integrate best practices in project planning and management.

MHIM 900 - Applied Project Proposal and Research (3)
Individual study hours under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will prepare a proposal for an applied project and conduct research supporting a topic related to health information management.

MHIM 902 - Applied Project Development and Presentation (3)
Students will conclude research supporting a topic related to health information management resulting in the writing of a comprehensive paper and public presentation of an applied project.

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