The online Master of Science in Health Systems Management program is for students seeking to advance their knowledge of health systems management. The student will acquire the knowledge needed to analyze information needs, design solutions, and manage information storage, transfer and retrieval in healthcare environments. Students desiring to obtain a Master of Science in Health Systems Management must hold a bachelor’s degree and have a recommended two to four (2–4) years of computer systems work experience or hold a bachelor’s degree in computer or information systems or a related area.

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.

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

At 36 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 is $350 per credit hour – but all certified or licensed patient care workers, such as nurses and technicians, qualify for the University of Arkansas Grantham Heroes Program with a graduate rate of $250 per credit hour and no textbook or other fees.

Online Master's in Health Systems Management Start Date

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)

Online Master's in 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

Health Systems Management Core Professional Competencies

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

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Data Aptitude - Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

Health Systems Management (Master of Science)

Online Master's in Health Systems Management Curriculum

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

Program Core Credits: 36
Total Credit Hours: 36
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 36
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: HP537 Title: Healthcare Information Resources Management Credits: 3
  This course examines 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: HP541 Title: Healthcare Finance and Economics Credits: 3
  This course addresses the differences between managerial and financial accounting within the modern healthcare organization. It begins with an analysis of healthcare finance and examines the various sources of funding within the field of healthcare. This course examines the various tools necessary to record, report, and accurately measure financial information. It will also provide students the ability to assess the monetary health of an organization based on both industry benchmarks and historical data. This course concludes with the importance of developing a strategic financial plan based on current and future funding trends.
Course: HP551 Title: Legal and Ethical Issues of Healthcare Management Credits: 3
  This course examines the relationship between law and ethics and the influence they have on healthcare professionals. Advancements in both technology and pharmaceuticals will continue to increase life expectancy, as such, it is expected that there will be an ensuing, peripheral increase in ethical dilemmas. This course will review such dilemmas and the role that both health professionals and ethics committees will likely play now and in the future.
Course: HP597 Title: Health Systems Management Capstone Credits: 3
  Students will investigate the processes of determining the direction of a healthcare system by establishing objectives and designing and implementing strategies. The course will stress the dynamic nature of the issues as they relate to rapidly evolving healthcare delivery systems.
Course: HSN501 Title: Healthcare Systems Credits: 3
  Students examine healthcare systems and their effects 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. Students explore the widespread penetration of managed care with its service management and cost control strategies. Topics include systems/ theory thinking, case management, health policy, the interrelatedness 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. The importance of patient information privacy, compliance with regulatory standards, safety and data integrity is prominent throughout the course. Topics covered include types of health care information systems for specific healthcare settings, system selection, implementation process, system security and data standards. In addition, students will explore strategic planning and management implications associated with information technology in healthcare management.
Course: HSN536 Title: Concepts of Healthcare Informatics Credits: 3
  This course explores the development and utilization of healthcare informatics as it relates to the administration of healthcare agencies and institutions. Students will appraise the theoretical underpinnings of healthcare informatics. A comprehensive overview of healthcare practices will be examined. Acquisition of clinical and financial information, processing, analysis and reporting, as well as informatics trends and issues will also be explored
Course: HSN548 Title: Information Security and Privacy in Healthcare Environments Credits: 3
  This course covers the utilization of technology in the healthcare environment from an individual and organizational point of view. Challenges faced by nurses and healthcare professionals in the dynamic technological era requires a broad understanding of the concepts of healthcare informatics. Students will be provided the tools, techniques, and resources used for specific application in the healthcare environment. Regulations for meaningful use of information in healthcare systems is explored. Students are exposed to interdisciplinary collaborative models of informatics processes which improve efficiency as well as patient experience and outcomes. This course also covers technological changes, challenges, and risks that organizations face internally or externally.
Course: IS516 Title: Data Management Credits: 3
  This course examines the development and administration of relational databases through the stages of the database application life cycle. Advanced topics in database administration, recent trends in database technologies and the roles of administrators are covered.
Course: IS566 Title: Decision Support & Intelligent Systems Credits: 3
  This course introduces the methodologies, issues and technologies behind management support systems. Systems covered include Decision Support Systems, Executive Information Systems, Expert Systems and other types of management support systems. Students focus on how these systems are used to support the decision-making process within an organization.
Course: IS665 Title: Data Communications Credits: 3
  This course provides an overview of business communication technologies, from basic components and subsystems to whole networks. Highlights include areas such as TCP/IP and the Internet, wireless networks, high-speed LANs, Wide Area Networks (WANs), network security, and issues concerning network management. This course enables students to make informed decisions about technologies comprising the data communications field. The purpose of this course is to present the concepts of information communications in a way relating specifically to the business environment and to the concerns of business management and staff. An important theme throughout this course is the essential role of standards, which are addressed in terms of groupings shaping the marketplace and defining the choices available to the decision-maker.
Course: IS675 Title: Systems Analysis and Design Credits: 3
  This course reviews efficient processes for information systems analysis and development. It also covers state-of-the-art techniques for information systems specifications and design. Other topics covered include real-time structured analysis and design, and object-oriented analysis and design.