The Master of Science in Health Information Technology develops professionals that can thrive in the ever changing world of healthcare data management.

Medical and healthcare organizations are Information Technology (IT) intensive organizations and rely on IT professions with healthcare knowledge to design, implement, manage and utilize their IT resources better. Health information technology careers give professionals remarkable new opportunities to improve quality and coverage in healthcare by lowering costs, helping to maximize efficiency and putting a stop to avoidable medical mistakes. Those with a dual passion for computer and medical sciences have a perfect career choice in Health Information Technology (HIT).

Advances in information technologies will change the way patients receive services and consume healthcare information. At the same time, healthcare providers, hospitals and insurance companies are under increasing pressure to provide quality services at affordable cost, hopefully with the help of advanced use of technologies. Technicians are needed for emerging jobs such as healthcare integration engineer, healthcare systems analyst, clinical IT consultant and technology support specialist. Students graduating with a degree in HIT would be able to have a direct impact on helping the improvement process currently happening in healthcare organizations.

OPT STEM Extension

The M.S. in Health Information Technology qualifies for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security STEM degree designation. Students who complete this program are eligible for a 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM extension.

UM-Dearborn MS in Health Information Technology
The MS in Health Information Technology prepares students to improve quality and coverage in healthcare by lowering costs, helping to maximize efficiency and putting a stop to avoidable medical mistakes
  • Program goals

    The goals and objectives of the graduate degree in Health Information Technology are:

    Goal 1: Students will apply IT knowledge to solve organizational problems.
    Objectives: Students will be able to:

    • design an information system for an organization
    • evaluate IT security risks of an organization
    • manage an IT project

    Goal 2: Students will be conversant with concepts, terminology, institutions, professionals, and methods in healthcare.
    Objectives: Students will be able to:

    • communicate complex healthcare concepts orally to healthcare providers, patients and payers
    • communicate complex healthcare concepts effectively in writing to healthcare providers, patients and payers

    Goal 3: Students will provide IT solutions in healthcare contexts
    Objectives: Students will be able to:

    • synthesize healthcare data using analytical tools
    • design IT solutions within a healthcare context
  • Admission requirements

    Students must submit the follow items with their application. The GRE is not required for admission to this program.  The Office of International Affairs lists additional admission requirements for international students.

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
    • 3.0 GPA or higher on submitted transcripts
    • Three professional letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement
    • Completed course in both micro and macro economics with a B or better grade
  • Completion requirements

    Before exiting from the M.S. in Health Information Technology, you need to complete two steps:

    1. Apply for graduation.
    2. Submit an Exit Survey.

    Exit Survey:
    The purpose of this essay is to assist the College of Education, Health, and Human Services with the evaluation of the master’s degree program and to serve as a guide for program development. The Exit Survey is a requirement for completion of the program. Submit the exit survey.


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