Health Systems Management (Master of Science)

Ready to advance your Health Care IT career? Want to move into a Health Care management role? Grantham University’s Master of Science in Health Systems Management can help you find your way to a management career in healthcare systems.

What will I learn in my online master’s in Health Systems Management program?

Earn this degree in healthcare management and learn how to analyze information needs, design solutions and manage information storage, transfer and retrieval in healthcare environments.

Note: Candidates for the Master of Science in Health Systems Management program should hold a bachelor’s degree in computer or information systems or a related area … or a bachelor’s degree and two-to-four years computer systems work experience.

What careers can I pursue with my online master’s in Health Systems Management?

After completing this program, you will be equipped to pursue a non-medical management career in the IT department of just about any healthcare business in the industry. Potential job titles include information systems manager and management information systems director1.

How long is my online master’s degree program in Health Systems Management?

At 37 credit hours, this online management information systems degree program should be completed in 24 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take each term.

How much will the online Health Systems Management degree program cost?

The graduate rate for Health Systems Management courses is $325 per credit hour. That tuition rate will be lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. We also offer scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so you may start as soon as you are ready!

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to find out more about the Master of Science in Health Systems Management and our other accredited degree programs, as well as information about opportunities for financial assistance opportunities and the enrollment process.

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Health Systems Management (Master of Science)

Health Systems Management Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this health systems management online degree program, you will be able to:

  • Use information systems tools, techniques and methodologies applicable to healthcare systems
  • Manage healthcare information systems development projects that meet health administration needs
  • Develop reporting and support capabilities for healthcare decisions
  • Ensure information policy and strategy is consistent with the clinical, ethical, legal and financial requirements of healthcare institutions
  • Evaluate all aspects of the healthcare environment and integrate strategic thinking into the operations of the organization
University Professional Outcomes

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the Health Systems Management curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

Health Systems Management (Master of Science)

A Master of Science in Health Systems Management from Grantham can prepare you for IT positions in a number of healthcare-related industries1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Information Technology Manager
  • Management Information Systems Director
  • Information Systems Director

Employers can include:

  • Hospital systems
  • Medical complexes
  • Healthcare services
  • Insurance firms
  • Doctor or Dental offices

Health Systems Management (Master of Science)

As you consider your educational options for a health systems management degree, bear in mind that Grantham is 100% online. Our online courses provide the flexibility you need to succeed.

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
Program Core Credits: 37
Total Credit Hours: 37
Accreditation(s): DEAC

Textbook Information

Program Core: 37
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU500 Title: Graduate Student Success Credits: 1
  This course is designed to help students learn and improve skills and strategies that are essential to academic success at a graduate level. Through activities, application, and reflection, the material covered in this course should support and assist students in achieving their master's degree. Students should develop confidence in their ability to succeed as a graduate student.
Course: AH537 Title: Healthcare Information Resources Management Credits: 3
  Students examine concepts and techniques in healthcare enterprises for information resources management. Topics include strategic assessment of information needs, resource allocation, techniques for prioritization and control, system acquisition and strategic planning for information system needs, and the IT Life Cycle. Governance structures for IT systems planning and evaluation, strategies for aligning competing interests within an organization, and stages of planning for an enterprise system is also investigated.
Course: AH541 Title: Healthcare Finance and Economics Credits: 3
  This course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the funding and financing of healthcare organizations. Students will examine the intricacies found in the budgeting process and will explore the various components therein. This course will also examine the importance of previous financial information, trending, as well as examine the importance of understanding the financial needs the healthcare organization will need to remain solvent in the future, forecasting.
Course: AH551 Title: Legal and Ethical Issues of Healthcare Management Credits: 3
  In this course students examine the legal and ethical issues impacting healthcare management. The concepts of law, professional accountability, legal liability, negligence, malpractice and criminal offense are explored. Specific laws and/or statutes governing healthcare practitioners are reviewed in addition to the application of those principles and ethical considerations while providing healthcare.
Course: AH597 Title: Health Systems Management Capstone Credits: 3
  Students investigate the strategic planning process to determine direction in health systems management. By effectively managing established objectives and designing and implementing proposed strategies, students explores a range of strategic challenges facing directors of health systems management. The course stresses the dynamic nature of issues as related to rapidly evolving healthcare delivery. Students develop and implement a unique project that demonstrates mastery of the program objectives.
Course: HSN501 Title: Healthcare Systems Credits: 3
  Students will examine healthcare systems and their effect on the health of populations. The purpose of this course is to bring the student up-to-date on significant developments that have occurred in the American healthcare system. The student will explore the widespread penetration of managed care with its service management and cost control strategies resulting in an open market competition among healthcare providers. Topics included are systems/theory thinking, case management, health policy, the inter-relatedness of elements within healthcare systems, and strategies to influence systems.
Course: HSN509 Title: Clinical and Administrative Systems Credits: 3
  Students examine the foundations of clinical information collection, processing, recording, and use to support decision-making in healthcare environments. Emphasis is placed on compliance with regulatory standards, safety, and quality implementation. Other topics include technology for e-health applications and Tele-health, hospital information systems, utilization of electronic pharmacy systems, data integrity, and implications and applications of information technology in healthcare management.
Course: HSN536 Title: Concepts of Healthcare Informatics Credits: 3
  Students explore the development and utilization of healthcare informatics as it relates to the administration of healthcare agencies and institutions. Students appraise the theoretical underpinnings of healthcare informatics. A comprehensive overview of healthcare practices is examined. Acquisition of clinical and financial information, processing, analysis and reporting as well as informatics trends and issues is also explored.
Course: HSN548 Title: Information Security and Privacy in Healthcare Environments Credits: 3
  This course provides the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets, determining the levels of protection and response to security incidents, and designing a consistent, reasonable information security system, with appropriate intrusion detection and reporting features. The course will provide the student with an overview of the field of information security and assurance. Students will be exposed to the spectrum of security activities, methods, methodologies, and procedures. Coverage will include inspection and protection of information assets, detection of and reaction to threats to information assets, and examination of pre- and post-incident procedures, technical and managerial responses, and overview of information security planning and staffing functions.
Course: IS516 Title: Data Management Credits: 3
  Students examine the development and administration of relational databases through the stages of the database application lifecycle. Topics covered include advanced topics in database administration, trends in database technologies, the roles of data administrators and database designers and how they interact with users. Students gain skills in database management applications.
Course: IS526 Title: Data Communications and Networking Credits: 3
  Students study the technical and managerial issues important to data communications in a modern business environment, including issues related to both local and wide area networks. Topics explored include transmission medias, carrier systems operating characteristics, the basics of data communication and how the Internet relates to data and voice communications.
Course: IS536 Title: System Analysis Design and Implementation Credits: 3
  This course provides an in-depth examination of the stages of the systems development life cycle at a graduate course level including the tools and techniques used in each stage. Students investigate both traditional and object-oriented analysis and design techniques, frameworks for information systems architecture and logical and physical models for documenting requirements. Students apply the traditional systems development life cycle to real-world problems, determine project feasibility and develop prototypes that conform to standard design guidelines.
Course: IS566 Title: Decision Support & Intelligent Systems Credits: 3
  Students investigate how Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems, and Neural Networks can help organizations harness their own information resources to maximize decision making. Students determine how artificial intelligence systems help organizations capture the expertise of their decision makers and in doing so, move beyond the role of office automation and into the role of analysis.