Master in Health Information Management
The Health Information Manager is a health professional who
promotes patient care through effective management information
system health. Maintain documents, known as Medical Record,
accessible and available for the patient care. Define, design,
manage and evaluate health information systems. Furthermore,
collects, analyze, custody and protects medical information in
digitally and traditional manner, vital to the provision of health
services, while maintaining the highest standards in data integrity,
confidentiality and security.
The Health Information
Management (HIM) discipline is focused on ensuring the integrity of
health care information and the confidentiality of that information.
Today's HIM professionals team with technology professionals and
healthcare clinicians and administrators, helps to develop,
implement and maintain software and data systems that support
efficient work processes, and provide authorized access to pertinent
information for use in patient care, education and research. By
studying health information, students will acquire a versatile yet
focused skill set incorporating clinical, information technology,
leadership and management skills.
health information manager can offer services in: general and
specialized hospitals; nursing homes, health care and outpatient
treatment; outpatient surgery center, colleges and universities;
insurance companies and pharmaceutical industries in general. It
offers advice on various areas and you can create your own business
in billing for medical services, among others. Visit AHIMA's Career
Map for additional information on job titles, descriptions,
salaries, and career pathways.
Health Information Management
(HIM) professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and
options for professional growth. Based on skills, education, and
interests, some of the positions available include HIM department
director; HIM system manager, data quality manager, information
security officer, HIM college instructor, and consultant. Other job
titles include privacy officer, compliance officer, health data
analyst, patient information coordinator, physician practice
manager, and director of quality management. Jobs in health
information management are available in every state as well as
internationally. A degree in health information management is
portable, preparing graduates to work nearly anywhere.
professional works as a critical link between healthcare providers,
payers, and patients. The RHIA is an expert in managing patient
health information and medical records; administering computer
information systems; collecting and analyzing patient data; and
using classification systems and medical terminologies. RHIA's
possess comprehensive knowledge of medical, administrative, ethical
and legal requirements and standards related to healthcare delivery
and the privacy of protected patient information. They often manage
people and operational units, participate in administrative
committees, and prepare budgets.
A career in HIM is right for
you if you:
*See yourself in a career that offers diverse
*Would like to work in health care, but not
directly with patients.
*Have an aptitude for science, but also
like management, law, and computers.
*Enjoy working with
professionals: physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators and
*Want a career where you can choose to work on your
own, with others, or some of both.
HIM program incorporate the
disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information
technology, and law into one curriculum. Because of this unique
mixture, HIM graduates can choose from a variety of work settings
across an array of healthcare environments.
The program leading to a Master's Degree at
the School of Health Professions, of the Medical Sciences Campus,
University of Puerto Rico. The duration of the program is two years
and is offered in evening hours, excluding visits to institutions
and internships that are made in daytime.
In order to be considered for
admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
*Hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited
*General grade point average of at least 2.50.
*Have approved a three-credit course with no less than "C" in each
of the following areas: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and
Automated Data Processing.
*Submit graduate entrance examination
(EXADEP only) scores.
*Interview with the program's faculty.
*Fluency in Spanish; must also have knowledge and comprehension of
Students are admitted to the program only once in the year and can
begin graduate studies in August of the current academic year.
Applicants to the program should have submitted all application
materials by January 31st. Applicants who have submitted their
application by January 31st have until February 28th to complete the
submission of application materials. Applications that remain
incomplete after February 28th will not be considered for admission.
For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at
787-758-2525, extension 5228.
Apply for admission to
Admission application should be
electronically filed at:
on the date set by the program (in January of each year). For
additional information, contact the Admission Office of the Medical
Sciences Campus at telephone number (787) 758-2525, extension 5212.
*Obtain a general grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
*Satisfactorily complete (with B or higher) all specialty courses
(professional and track).
*Complete all theoretical and clinical
practice activities specified by the program.
graduation requirements (75 credits) within a five-year period.
The School of Health Professions at the Medical Sciences Campus,
University of Puerto Rico, gives the Degree of Master in Health
Information Management. This degree is authorized by the Board of
Education of Puerto Rico. Also, the program is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information
Management (CAHIIM) under the baccalaureate level standards. This is
because the skills established for admission to the national exam of
the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), what
is required to practice the profession in Puerto Rico and the US are
in accordance to baccalaureate level standards.
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Dr. Sandra Silva Cintrón
787-758-2525 ext. 4509,
Dr. Sandra Silva Cintrón
Prof. Amarilis Rivas Vidal
Prof. Sandra Santos Nieves
Dr. Grimilda González Muñiz
School of Health Profession, at the, Medical Sciences Campus,
Monacillo Area, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Master in Health Information Management
School of Health Professions
PO Box 365067
San Juan, Puerto Rico