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Graduate Bulletin

Health Informatics, M.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall:  TBA

Spring:  TBA

Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from individuals who have observed and are able to evaluate your leadership competencies and abilities.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

If necessary, the following prerequisites may be taken in the Summer prior to beginning the master's degree program:

HIM 5001:  Topics in HIM

HIM 5002:  Topics in Clinical Information

HIM 5003:  Management Systems in Healthcare

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, as recognized by Temple University, from an accredited post-secondary institution is required. 

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should address your interest in obtaining the degree and how it will meet your career goals.  The essay must demonstrate professional writing ability.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. Quantitative and verbal scores on the GRE should be in the 50th percentile or above.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.


An interview with Health Informatics departmental faculty is required.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

HIM 8010Information Technology for the EHR

HIM 8011Healthcare Reimbursement Systems

HIM 8027EHR:  Ethical, Legal and Advocacy Aspects

HIM 8028HIS:  Standards and Electronic Applications

HIM 8029Graduate Seminar

HIM 9189:  Applied Project – Field Study

MIS 5001Managing Information Technology

MIS 5101Database Analysis and Design

MIS 5102Information Systems:  Modeling and Development

OT 8509Leadership in the Health Professions:  The Art and Science of Influence

Culminating Events:

No thesis is required.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Health Information Management

3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140-5101



Department Contacts:


Cindy Joy Marselis




Program Coordinator:


Graduate Chairperson:



Laurinda B. Harman, Ph.D., RHIA



About the Program

The innovative, interdisciplinary, and state-of-the-art M.S. in Health Informatics (HIM) program is an applied graduate degree that focuses on the design, development, and implementation of electronic health record (EHR) systems in health care to serve the tenets of patient privacy, quality of care, and research. The M.S. in HIM is designed for physicians, nurses, therapists, health information management practitioners, administrators, or information technology professionals. The program is offered in collaboration with the Department of Management Information Systems in the Fox School of Business and Management.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Health Sciences Center, Main, Center City

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

This program for working professionals is designed for part-time study.  Classes are offered weekday evenings.  Although some courses may be offered online, the interaction between disciplines from both the faculty and student perspectives is a key component of the degree's design.

Department Information:

Dept. of Health Information Management

3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140-5101



Interdisciplinary Study:

The degree program is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on studies in both the health professions and the business field.



Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


The curriculum meets the curricular requirements of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), which is the accrediting body of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  It is expected that Temple University wll have one of the first accredited master's programs in the nation.

Areas of Specialization:

Not applicable.

Job Placement:



Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above may be allowed to take classes on a non-matriculated status. Non-matriculated students may take a maximum of 9 credit hours. Any additional courses require the student to be matriculated in a program.

Financing Opportunities

Students in the HIM program are generally working professionals. Therefore, funding for assistantships and academic internships is limited.

Created 2.25.09