Health Information Technology

The Master of Science in Health Information Technology (HIT) is designed for professionals in either health or information technology who are seeking masters level specialization in information systems dedicated to healthcare. The degree emphasizes data management, financial systems, and information security as well as treatment progress, patient management and outcome measurement. 

The program prepares graduates for mid-level positions in hospital information technology departments, community health care clinics’ medical records departments, public health agencies, government health departments (federal, state and local),  research departments for medical and health schools. The degree consists of 30 semester hours, available to both full and part-time students, and courses are scheduled during the late afternoon and evening sessions to accommodate the working professional.  Summer course work is also available.

Admission Requirements & Application

Eligibility for regular admission includes:

  • Completed application form
  • $60.00 application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree
  • 3.0 (B) undergraduate/graduate grade point average or better
  • Three letters of recommendation using required form 
  • Statement of purpose

Individuals who wish to apply for this program may initiate the application process online at:

Minimum Grade Point

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required for continuation in the program. Courses in which grades of D, E, or U are earned cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.00 (B) will be placed on probation. Continued deficiencies will result in a required withdrawal from the program.

For more information, call the Office of Student Success at 313-593-5090 or visit:

Time Limits

All coursework toward the master's degree must be completed within five (5) consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the Graduate School.


Core Coursework
MIS 525Computer and Info Systems3
or CIS 564 Enterprise Information Systems
MIS 575Information Management3
or CIS 556 Database Systems
MIS 641Enterprise Architecture Netwrk3
or CIS 527 Computer Networks
MIS 642Information Assurance3
or CIS 544 Computer and Network Security
MIS 650Info System Quality3
HIT 500Economics of Healthcare3
HIT 510Management of Healthcare Data3
HIT 520Clinical & Evidence Based Med3
Select six credit hours:6
Web Technology
Web Information Management
Data Mining
Web Services
Applied Statistical Modeling
Graduate Research
Topics in Health IT
Graduate Internship
Health Care and the Law
Info Tech Project & Chg Mgmt
IT Policy and Strategy
Business Intelligence
Total Credit Hours30

Transfer Credit

Students may apply for transfer of credit of a maximum of 15 semester hours from applicable University of Michigan graduate courses. Students may apply to transfer six semester hours from another accredited graduate institution. Only graduate course credit hours earned during the last five years for which a grade of B or better was received will be considered for transfer. Transfer credit may be requested only after admission to the Master of Science in Health Information Technology program and successful completion of eight credit hours of graduate-level letter-graded coursework. All courses to be transferred must be approved by the Department Chair of Health and Human Services. A "Request for Transfer of Credit" form and official course descriptions and course syllabi must be submitted. Enrolled students must obtain prior approval of the Department Chair to elect classes off campus.

Health Information Technology (HIT)

HIT 500     Economics of Healthcare     3 Credit Hours

The course will focus on the special features of healthcare as a commodity, the demand for health and medical care services, the economics explanations for the behavior of medical care providers (i.e., physicians and hospitals) and the functioning of insurance markets. Also this course will examine the role of economic justification for government involvement in the medical care system. Finally, we will use the tools we have learned to compare different healthcare systems in the world. Topics include: Production of Health, Demand for Healthcare, and Grossman Model; The Health Economics of Bads; Role of Hospitals, Physicians, Healthcare Labor Market, and The Pharmaceutical Industry; Issues surrounding insurance such as Information Asymmetry, Moral Hazard, Adverse Selection and Lemon?s Markets; Government Regulation and Intervention; Comparative Health Care Systems and the impacts of the ACA on health and healthcare.

Prerequisite(s): ECON 201 and ECON 202

Can enroll if Class is Graduate

HIT 510     Management of Healthcare Data     3 Credit Hours

This course discusses the nature of and important statistical methods for analyzing healthcare related data. The course begins by covering the structure and semantics of coding systems used in the healthcare industry while avoiding detailed coverage of the meaning of data values. Descriptive statistical methods (graphical and numerical) that depict the central tendency and variability of data; theoretical and empirical probability distributions for discrete and continuous data; point and interval estimations of unknown parameter values; parametric and nonparametric hypothesis tests for numerical, categorical, and ordinal data; analysis of variance; and regression analysis are then covered. A statistical software package will be used to analyze healthcare data.

Prerequisite(s): HIT 500*

Can enroll if Class is Graduate

HIT 520     Clinical & Evidence Based Med     3 Credit Hours

This course is a graduate course on Evidence Based Medicine. Course content includes the evidence and causes of inconsistency in healthcare, clinical decision processes, assessment of evidence supporting both diagnostic and treatment decisions, comparing the different research methods in clinical literature, and comparing evidence-based versus traditional approaches to clinical practice.

Prerequisite(s): HIT 510

Can enroll if Class is Graduate


An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally