Debra L. Hamada, EdD, MA, RHIA

Debra L. Hamada, EdD, MA, RHIA

Chair, Health Informatics, Information Management and Administration Department, Assistant Professor

Dr. Debra Hamada is an Assistant Professor, Chair for Loma Linda University HIIMA Department, and Program Director for the MS, Health Informatics program. She currently teaches in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration, the Master of Science in Health Informatics programs and the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (BSHCA) programs. She completed her baccalaureate studies at The College of Saint Scholastica, her master’s from the University of Redlands, and her doctoral degree at the University of Southern California.)

Dr. Hamada spent eight years in healthcare operations, managing in the areas of medical information, quality improvement, utilization review, case management and medical staff operations.  In 1992, Dr. Hamada began her career in academia, teaching as an adjunct faculty member until 2006, when she assumed a full-time teaching position. Dr. Hamada has volunteered in many capacities at national, state, and local associations.  Currently, she is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Dr. Hamada has published in professional journals and offered various educational presentations.


  • EdD, University of Southern California
  • MS, University of Redlands
  • BA, Health Information Administration, The College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

Professional Certificates

Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)