General Information

The Health Information Management Program consists of two academic years and a summer session for 72 quarter credits of graduate level course work. The curriculum is based on a series of structured learning sequences which include didactic, laboratory and professional practice experiences. Include courses about finance, administration, information technology and law. The curriculum is offer during evening hours, from 5:00 to 9:00, except the experience of professional practice performed in daytime. The program is accredited byHealth Information Manager Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Program graduates are eligible to apply for the registration examination of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to qualify as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and practice the profession as a qualified health information administrator.

“Health Information Management (HIM) professionals, an allied health profession, lead efforts to ensure the availability, accuracy, integrity, and security of all data related to patient healthcare encounters that result in better clinical and business decisions to enhance healthcare quality” (AHIMA, 2017). As a member of the health team, the HIM professional performs tasks regarding the definition, design, management, and evaluation of the health information system. They serve in bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions.

Career Opportunities

The 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.

HIM 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 opportunities.
  • Would like to work in health care, but not directly with patients.
  • Have an aptitude for science, but also like management, law, and technology.
  • Enjoy working with professionals: physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators and executives.
  • Want a career where you can choose to work on your own, with others, or 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.

Program of Study

The program leads 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.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university.
  • General Grade Point Average of at least 2.50.
  • Specific Grade Point Average of at least 2.00.
  • Have approved a three-credit course with no less than “C” in each of the following areas: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Fundamentals of Information System (Skills in MS OFFICE or equivalent).
  • Submit graduate entrance examination (EXADEP only) scores, taken within 5 years previous to admission.
  • Interview with the program’s faculty (minimum score of 12/25).
  • Fluency in Spanish; must also have knowledge and comprehension of English.

Application Deadlines

Students are admitted to the program only once in the year and can begin graduate studies in August of every year. Applicants to the program should have submit an application by January 31st. Applicants who have submitted their application by January 31st have until February 28th to complete the submission of all application materials. Applications that remain incomplete after February 28th will not be considered for admission. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 787-758-2525, extension 5211.

Apply for admission to the Program

Admission application should be electronically filed at: http://de.rcm.upr.edu/oficina-de-admisiones/ between September 1st and January 31st . For additional information, contact the Admission Office of the Medical Sciences Campus at telephone number 787-758-2525, extension 5211.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, students must:

  •  Obtain a general grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  •  Satisfactorily complete (with B or higher) all specialty courses.
  •  Complete all theoretical and clinical practice activities specified by the program.
  • Complete graduation requirements within a five-year period.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (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.

Outcomes

  •  A 100% of students score 80% or higher in the PPE evaluation. The general students’ self-evaluation questionnaire assessment average was 97% (APAR, 2015-16).
  • The 94% of graduates indicates that possess the knowledge, competencies, professional conduct, and communication skills necessaries to perform their duties (APAR, 2015-16).
  • A 100% of employers who responded indicate that graduates possess the required competencies and the program has met their expectations (APAR, 2015-16).

Data presented demonstrate that curriculum and clinical experiences are adequate to provide students the competencies necessaries as required by employers. At this moment no action plan is required.

Curricular Sequence

(Please click here to download the Curricular Sequence in PDF format)

Course Descriptions

(Please click here to access the Medical Sciences Campus Catalog and look for the Course Descriptions for this Program)

Program Director

Dr. Sandra Silva Cintrón
sandra.silva@upr.edu
787-764-3609
787-758-2525 ext. 4509, 3499

Program Faculty

Dr. Sandra Silva Cintrón
Prof. Amarilis Rivas Vidal
Dr. Sandra Santos Nieves

Postal Address

Health Information Management Program
Graduated Department
School of Health Profession, MSC-UPR
PO Box 365067
San Juan, P R 00936-5067

Physical Address

Puerto Rico Medical Center Complex
Medical Sciences Campus -UPR
School of Health Professions, Main Building, 6th Floor, Office #626
Monacillo Area, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico

Telephones:

Phone:             787-758-2525, ext. 4509, 3499
Secretary:        787-758-2525, ext. 3521, 4507,2110
Admission:      787-758-2525 ext. 5211, 5212

Last Modified: September/2018