SRU’s health information management program approved by BOG


July 14, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education have approved Slippery Rock University's master's degree program in health information management. The program, which will begin in fall 2018, is the first of its kind in the State System.

Frank Brogan


The 33-credit program will be delivered in a blended format and is described as the "value-added bridge between clinicians, payers, regulators, patients, consumers and technology, with critical skills and competencies essential to building the nationwide health information network and health information exchanges." The program will train individuals to manage technology-based solutions to healthcare-related issues.

The program will join two existing graduate programs in data analytics and health informatics as data-oriented supplements to the health and wellness focus at the University.

According to organizers, the program complements the existing programs in that it would provide a focus on designing, storing and utilizing data for daily operational decisions, while the existing programs design software for analytics and focus on mathematical modeling skills.

Program course scheduling will provide flexibility for working practitioners with courses being taught in eight-week modules during the winter and summer months. The core courses will cover the areas of information systems and their supporting technologies, finance, management and data analysis for practicing healthcare professionals. The program can be completed in 12 months for a full-time student or 24 months for a part-time student. The face-to-face portion of the program will be conducted at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township.

"Our universities continue to be forward thinking and innovative in redesigning their academic programs to meet the evolving needs of students, their future employers and the Commonwealth," said State System Chancellor Frank Brogan. "We are convinced that degree programs like this will prepare a new generation of students for success."

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