Earn a HIM Degree Online
- $320/credit (120 credits)
- Transfer up to 90 credits
- Provides education requirements to sit for RHIA exam
- Program accredited by CAHIIM
- Gain real-world, practical field experiences
- No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required
Online Health Information Management Degree Program Overview
Build your skill set and gain valuable professional practice experience with SNHU's Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Information Management degree online. This program is ideal for someone just beginning their studies in health information and for professionals wanting a structured field experience as part of their online HIM curriculum.
“Health information management is the information hub for all patient data,” said Darla Branda, clinical faculty of health professions at SNHU. “They house all of the information from the lab, surgery, insurance companies, registries and more.”
Through specialized studies and a professional practice experience (PPE), you'll learn the technology, terminology and professional skills required for a career in health information management. You'll also receive valuable exposure to a professional healthcare setting, helping position you for success in a competitive field.
The bachelor's in health information management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
As a CAHIIM-accredited program, our curriculum is built to prepare you for real-world success. “CAHIIM really sets the bar for academic programs in health information management,” said Lynn Ward, associate dean of health professions at SNHU.
In addition to helping you develop practical skills and experiences employers want to see, the program also meets eligibility requirements to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential exam - which can help you open up even more opportunities for advancement.
Throughout the program, you'll learn how to:
- Apply health data structure, standards and regulations to manage clinical classification systems and reimbursement
- Analyze the uses, risks and management of health statistics and biomedical research data and support performance improvement programs
- Interpret and apply current laws regulations, policies and healthcare ethics as they relate to decision-making in healthcare delivery and systems
- Implement and manage hardware and software technologies to ensure effective data collection, storage, analysis and reporting of information
- Evaluate information system applications for their capacity to meet the needs of healthcare organizations
- Use current management principles to propose solutions and develop project management plans that solve organizational challenges
Get credit for your HIM certifications. At SNHU, you can get credit for having your Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) certification from AHIMA, saving you up to $960 in tuition and 8 weeks of time on your HIM bachelor's program. Learn more about getting credit for HIM certifications.
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as an Approved Education Partner (AEP).
HIMSS Approved Education Partner programs include the Bachelor’s and Master’s in Health Information Management. Coursework from these programs may be counted toward HIMSS continuing education hours for CAHIMS and CPHIMS certification. Students should review the Licensures and Certification Disclosures page for more information.
The increased use of data to produce better treatment and patient outcomes has created strong opportunities for employment in health information management. In addition, recent federal regulations requiring healthcare organizations to utilize secure electronic health records seem to be stimulating job growth for years to come.
“It’s a really growing field. There’s lots of opportunity,” said Darla Branda, clinical faculty of health professions at SNHU. “It’s been a very steady incline in growth and it’s going to continue to be that way, especially as our population continues to age and live longer.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for educated medical records and health information technicians will grow 11% by 2028 – much faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.1 In addition, jobs for health services managers are projected to grow 18% by 2028.1
SNHU's online HIM degree and professional practice experience provides a solid foundation for this growing discipline.
With a bachelor's in health information management, you'll be prepared to work in a variety of health-related careers. Job titles include: clinical information specialist, database administrator, implementation support specialist, public health information analyst and health information analyst, specialist and manager.
Upon graduating, you'll have the skills you need to work in various health settings, including:
- Hospitals and healthcare-related organizations
- Physician offices
- Long-term care and ambulatory care facilities
- Insurance and pharmaceutical companies
- Medical manufacturers and governmental healthcare agencies
- Behavioral health organizations
Start Your Journey Toward an Online Health Information Management Degree
Why SNHU for Your Online Health Information Management Degree
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
- “Most Innovative” regional university honors from U.S. News & World Report each year since 2015
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
- Recognition as a 2017 Digital Learning Innovator by the Online Learning Consortium
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU.2 Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
How to Apply
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
- Completing a free undergraduate application
- Providing previous institutions attended – so we can retrieve transcripts for you at no cost
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
Courses & Curriculum
Our health information management bachelor's program will combine the technology, terminology, professional skills and on-the-job experience you need to start your career in health information management.
These professional practical experiences (PPE), which must be US based, allow students to take course theory and principles they learn throughout the program and apply them. As part of these experiences, you'll observe and learn from a professional in the field who acts as your mentor.
Kim Coffey, an internship administrator at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), said, “Essentially, we want our students to leave SNHU with a more tangible idea of what the career field is really like."
For Heidi Nolan '19, a graduate of the BS in Health Information Management program, that's exactly what happened.
During her PPE, she worked with Nevada Health Centers to figure out why less than half of 25 thousand Medicaid patients weren't receiving regular care.
Combining research of high-risk populations in each sector, and drawing from a case study she learned about in her Health Information Concepts, Principles and Practices textbook, Nolan found a solution: as a way to incentivize visits, send busses to patients and offer free dental exams and mammograms.
Not only did she get the opportunity to help craft the strategic plan for her idea – she presented her findings to executive staff.
"What I did for my internship was a much higher-level than working in medical records," Nolan said. "I’ve learned how to problem solve and basically assess what needs to be fixed."
In addition to hands-on learning, the health information management degree is designed to align with industry standards. Coursework is based on the curriculum principles established by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) and curriculum competencies identified by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Learn more about AHIMA competencies.
As a CAHIIM-accredited online program, SNHU’s Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management prepares learners to meet the educational competencies required of a health information management (HIM) professional. Graduates of SNHU’s BS in Health Information Management program meet the educational requirements to sit for the RHIA certification exam.
“(The CAHIIM accreditation) lends credibility to the quality of our curriculum and signifies that our program has the resources and support in place to deliver a high-quality learning experience for our students,” Darla Branda, clinical faculty of health professions, said.
One of the eligibility requirements to sit for the RHIA exam is that students must have graduated from a program accredited through CAHIIM.
“[The RHIA credential] is becoming more prevalent in the industry," said Lynn Ward, associate dean of health professions. "More and more employers are recognizing the RHIA credential, so it really helps [graduates] with job search.”
If your goals include a master's degree, SNHU offers the full pathway for HIM professionals with an online master's in health information management. The MS in HIM is the ideal next step for continued study of graduates of the bachelor's in health information management program or those looking to build on their skills and experience.
Our Program Mission:
Prepare students for a career in health information management, fostering creative problem-solving solutions using innovative technology and the guiding principles of managing patient health data.
The program's mission and goals form the basis of program planning, implementation and is compatible with the mission of the Nursing and Health Professions (NHP) department and the university as a whole. The program's mission and goals are outcome-focused and measurable to improve program health and address any disparity in the curriculum.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
- General education courses: All online bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
- Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
- Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Show your knowledge of the materials in your program's math courses, and you could earn up to 12 math credits – at less than $50 for each course assessment.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|BS in Health Information Management|
|Courses May Include|
|BS in Health Information Management Online|
|HCM 205||Medical Terminology||Explore effective and professional communication in a variety of healthcare settings. Learn the rules for building and defining medical terms, the correct pronunciation and spelling of medical terms, and the application of medical terminology as it relates to each body system. Evaluate various types of medical records and reports, and learn the skills needed to read and interpret them. Apply the application of medical terminology as it relates to the clinical world through various activities.|
|HCM 340||Healthcare Delivery Systems||This course provides an overview of the nature, organization, and function of the continuum of health services found in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the interrelation of cultural, economic, political and social aspects of health care delivery at the federal, state and local level. Topics include health care costs, accessibility of services, governmental influence on health care delivery, private industry role in health care, services for the medically indigent and elderly, ethical issues regarding transplants, reproductive technology, end of life decisions and funding.|
|HCM 345||Healthcare Reimbursement||This course explores some of the major issues facing the healthcare industry and the effect that public policy and business environment has on a healthcare organization. Emphasis is on supply and demand theory, reimbursement systems, managed care, charge-master management, Case-mix management, DRG prospective payment, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, governmental regulations, accessibility, eligibility, budgeting, and planning. Students learn to use informational and research tools to make effective management decisions.|
|HIM 200||Introduction to Health Information Technology||This course describes the use of information technology and the role of HIT professionals in the development of the electronic health record. It introduces the health information infrastructure and systems along with healthcare informatics, including applications, technology, privacy, and security.|
|HIM 215||Coding & Classification Systems||The purpose of this course is to provide students with the basic ability to identify nomenclatures and classification systems as well as assign codes using the appropriate principles, guidelines, and conventions and apply ICD-10-CM and ICD conventions' rules and guidelines.|
|HIM 220||Healthcare Data Management||This course examines the design and the use of medical databases. Students will learn how to implement business rules and data modeling to develop medical information management systems. The course further explores database applications for decision support including evidence-based practice, alerts, allergy management, and identification of gaps in care. Students will design databases and systems that reflect privacy and security requirements of HIPAA and HITECH Act.|
|HIM 350||Communication and Technologies||The Communication and Technologies course will review and evaluate an assortment of technologies including: data, information, and file structures (data administration, data definitions, data dictionary, data modeling, data structures, data warehousing, database management systems), system interoperability, data sharing, Health Information Exchanges (HIE), and the Nation-wide Health Information Infrastructure (NHIN).|
|HIM 360||Coding and Classifications Systems II||In this course, students will learn to manage health data elements, data sets (i.e., HEDIS, UHDDS, OASIS), and databases as well as perform a data quality assessment and integrity review. Health information archival and retrieval systems, as well as data capture tools and technologies (i.e., forms, data input screens, templates, other health record documentation tools), will be analyzed. Students will review healthcare taxonomies, clinical vocabularies nomenclatures (e.g., ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, SNOMED, DSMIV). Topics will include severity of illness systems, data integrity, coding audits, CCI, electronic billing, patient identity management policies, and X12N. Additionally, the course will review charge master management, revenue cycles, and audit processes (e.g., compliance and reimbursement).|
|HIM 400||Communication and Technologies II||This course builds upon knowledge gained in HIM-350, including an evaluation of project management fundamentals, database structures, data extraction methods, data mining, data analysis, system acquisition, data sharing and regulatory forces that impact health information technologies.|
|HIM 422||Ethical and Legal Considerations in Health Information Management||Students in this course will examine ethics and the fundamentals of law as they pertain to health information management professionals. Students will practice developing organization-wide ethical guidelines, policies, and procedures which comply with current healthcare law and best practices. Students will learn about the U.S. legal system, civil procedure, evidence, and tort law. Students will analyze the legal health record (maintenance, content, documentation, & disposition). Students will review corporations, contracts, business associate agreements, anti-trust legal issues, medical staff, and work place law. Other areas covered include: consent to treat, HIPAA privacy rule, HIPAA security rule, security threats and controls, risk management, access, use, & disclosure/release of health information, corporate compliance, required reporting, and mandatory disclosure laws.|
|HIM 440||Management of Health Information Services||Evaluate information management planning, strategic planning, process re-engineering and work redesign, change management, and accreditation survey readiness.|
|HIM 445||Professional Practical Experience||The Professional Practical Experience course provides hands-on experiences for the Bachelor of Science students in Health Information Management. The Professional Practice Experience (PPE) is designed to provide students with a directed preceptor experience, which is externally supervised and evaluated. The PPE provides students with the opportunity to refine developed competencies and skills sets that were introduced in the Health Information Management courses.|
|HIM 480||Health Information Management Capstone||The capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management or the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management - Professional Practice Concentration. This course builds on the concepts of all courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their course work in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program in Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management or the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management - Professional Practice Concentration.|
|IHP 310||Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Concepts||This course explores common diseases, treatments, procedures and drugs needed to analyze healthcare documentation for functions such as abstracting, coding, auditing, and reimbursement. Drug classifications are also included. Implications related to pathophysiological and pharmacological concepts are applied to health information management.|
|IHP 430||Healthcare Quality Management||The goal of this course is to introduce students to the management of operations and explore how healthcare organizations can use advance methods to improve healthcare processes, delivery, and outcomes. Specific focus will be on analyzing cycle times (e.g., patient wait times), measuring productivity, streamlining process flows, tracking outcomes and performance metrics, and generally improving health management processes and health outcomes. The process improvement will be measured by how it can improve quality of care and safety of healthcare delivery, reduce waste, and reduce costs. The role of technology and innovative approaches in improving continuing quality improvement in healthcare delivery will be presented.|
|IHP 450||Healthcare Management and Finance||This course focuses on the concepts, principles, tools, finances and strategies used in managing operations within a performance improvement model. Students will explore problem solving and decision making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, reporting, and improving the productivity and performance of resources within a healthcare department. Additionally, topics will include healthcare finance reimbursement, bookkeeping, accounting principles, budgeting processes (capital and operating), and cost/benefits analysis.|
|IT 201||Computer Platform Technologies||This course provides the hardware/software technology background for information technology personnel. Hardware topics include CPU architecture, memory, registers, addressing modes, busses, instruction sets and a variety of input/output devices. Software topics include operating system modules, process management, memory and file system management. Also included are basic network components and multi-user operating systems.|
|IT 204||Introduction to Data and Information Management||This course provides students with an introduction to the foundations of data and information management, centered around the core skills of data management and database organization. The course will focus on identifying organizational requirements for data and information, modeling the requirements using relational techniques, implementing the models into a database using a database management system, and understanding the issues of data quality and data security. The course will also introduce the framework of enterprise information management and the growing need for managing data and information in organizations effectively to support decision making and competitive advantage.|
|Total Credits: 120|
Minimum Hardware Required Specifications
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Windows 7* or newer
Note: If your computer runs on Windows 7, see the information regarding Windows 7 End of Life below
|Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) or newer
||4 GB or higher
||4 GB or higher
||100GB or higher
||100GB or higher
||Office 2010 Professional or newer
||Office 2011 for Mac
||Required for on campus students. Strongly recommended for online students
||Required for on campus students. Strongly recommended for online students
CD/DVD drive. External hard drive. Extra power cord. Headphones/earbuds
|CD/DVD drive. External hard drive. Extra power cord. Headphones/earbuds
|SNHU Purchase Programs
- Laptop or Desktop? Whichever you choose depends on your personal preference and work style though laptops tend to offer more flexibility.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: Chromebooks (Chrome OS) and iPads (iOS) do not meet the minimum requirements for coursework at SNHU, nor does the Microsoft Surface RT. These offer limited functionality and do not work with some course technologies. They are not acceptable as the only device you use for coursework. While these devices are convenient and may be utilized for some course functions they cannot be your primary device.
- Office 365 Pro Plus is available free of charge to all SNHU students and faculty. The Office suite will remain free while you are a student at SNHU. Upon graduation you may convert to a paid subscription if you wish. Terms subject to change at Microsoft's discretion. The following platforms are no longer supported by Office 365:
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- Firefox version 5.0 and earlier versions
- Internet Explorer 8-10 on Windows 7 and earlier versions
- Internet Explorer 10 on Win Phone 8.0
- Safari 6.0.4/OS X10.11 and earlier versions
- Antivirus software: Check with your ISP as they may offer antivirus software free of charge to subscribers.
- Optional Accessories:
- Many laptops on the market today do not include CD/DVD drives. While SNHU typically does not utilize CD/DVD content, this is a good accessory to have.
- External Hard Drive - it is always a good idea to back up your files and an external hard drive is a great way to do that.
- Extra power cord - if you have a laptop and are frequently on the move, many people find it useful to have a second power cord - one for home and one for your bag.
- Headphones/earbuds - many SNHU courses include audio and video content. These will make viewing and listening easier.
*Windows 7 End of Life Statement for Students
Effective Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. What does this mean for you?
As part of the continuing evolution of computer systems, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Windows 7. Keeping your computer current with security updates helps your computer run better and protect your information. Since Microsoft will no longer release updates, the information on your computer will be more vulnerable and your computer may not function as well.
We strongly recommend you update to Windows 10 at your earliest convenience. You can upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
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Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
|Online Undergraduate Programs||Per Course||Per Credit Hour||Annual Cost for 30 credits|
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a degree in health information management?
This specialized healthcare degree prepares students for a career in health information management, often described as the intersection of business, technology and health. Bachelor’s programs in HIM focus on the management of electronic health records and foster creative problem-solving using innovative technology and the guiding principles of managing patient health data.
Health information management degree candidates learn to lead initiatives involving electronic health records, including accuracy, completion, security and governance. Such initiatives are critical to the healthcare system, since the accuracy of an electronic health record is reflected in billing, which impacts reimbursement and, in turn, affects healthcare costs for all stakeholders. Information contained in electronic health records is also used to track health trends to ensure proper treatment and coordinated care for both the individual and populations at large.
Graduates of the program can then enter the workforce with a unique combination of technical expertise and critical soft skills.
"The most important part is the HIM professional's relationship to the patient," said Cheryl Martin, health information management strategic advisor at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). "The people who enter the field generally have the natural ability to feel empathy. This informs the awareness that behind every piece of data, is a connection to a 'somebody.' It's a very human focus on the data."
In addition to coursework that emphasizes specialized training and patient-centered care, Southern New Hampshire University’s online bachelor's in health information management exposes students to a professional practice and experiential learning. Students learn the technology, terminology and professional skills required for a career in health information management and receive valuable exposure to a professional healthcare setting.
SNHU's HIM degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM), the seal of approval for high-caliber HIM academic programs. It also provides the educational requirements to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam, a nationally recognized certification in the field.
According to AHIMA, those who pass the RHIA exam:
- Have a comprehensive knowledge of “medical, administrative, ethical and legal” standards related to healthcare delivery and privacy of patient records.
- Can manage people and teams and prepare budgets.
- Coordinate with all parts of a healthcare organization that use patient information and documents, including clinicians, administrators, IT providers and more.
"Obtaining the RHIA credential tells employers that the student has graduated from a CAHIIM-accredited program," said Darla Branda, clinical faculty of health professions. “They have the academic training and internship experience that has prepared them for an entry-level job in HIM."
Is a degree in health information management worth it?
According to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), earning a bachelor’s or master’s in HIM can lead to a long-lasting career in one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries.3 Health information students gain clinical, IT, leadership and management skills. In the professional arena, they’ll use those skills to serve as a bridge between clinicians, administrators, technology designers and IT professionals.
Cheryl Martin, AHIMA’s health information management strategic advisor, calls HIM a “hidden jewel of job opportunities.” She says health information management professionals need a unique combination of industry expertise, people skills and analytical skills.
Martin points out that the ability to pull meaning from data can impact not only health outcomes but a hospital’s balance sheet. She says employers look for people who can make data “available for those who need access but protected from those who don’t.” An HIM degree provides the foundation to develop that prized skill set.
With its emphasis on the human interaction that weaves through data, the curriculum tends to forge strong bonds between students and educators, said Martin. HIM educators, she said, “season everything they teach with, ‘This is all about the patient.’” Students learn early on that they need to uphold the profession’s high standards and often turn to educators for counsel long after they graduate as a result.
What classes do you take for health information management?
Classes in health information management include medical terminology, coding and classification systems, ethics and legal considerations, and pathophysiology and pharmacology concepts. Students may also need to take general education courses depending on how many transfer credits they can apply to their program.
What is the difference between health information management and healthcare administration?
While both disciplines involve a blend of business and healthcare, health information management and healthcare administration are two very different fields. Health information management mostly focuses on the competencies needed to manage electronic health records. The role primarily affects internal stakeholders needing access to data, but it can also directly affect patients.
Healthcare administration, on the other hand, centers around organizational management and encompasses everything from quality improvement to marketing, strategy and human resource management.
Is health information management in demand?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), health information technicians earned a median salary of $40,350 in 2018. The BLS projects the field will grow 11% through 2028 – more than twice the national average for all occupations.1
The AHIMA notes that the growing prevalence of health information technology (HIT) makes health information one of the most critical components of the electronic health record (EHR) workforce.3
What can you do with a health information management degree?
According to AHIMA, HIM professionals affect the quality of patient information and patient care at every touchpoint in the healthcare delivery cycle.3 They help classify diseases and treatments to ensure standardization for clinical, financial and legal uses within the healthcare industry. And they’re responsible for the quality, integrity and protection of a patient’s health information, include patient histories, lab results and radiology procedures.
As a professional in HIM, your work can help save lives. Take for example, a young father of three who comes into ER at 2 am, panicked because one of his children is suffering from shortness of breath. This particular child has a history of medical issues, including a 3-week stay in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). However, reeling with exhaustion and stress, the father misses key details regarding past treatment.
In this case – when a parent or patient is understandably overwhelmed – accessible, accurate medical records give the nurse what they need to deliver care. Without a health information management professional behind the scenes, that wouldn't be possible.
To accomplish this kind of quality care, the HIM professional will need to:
- Work to ensure health information is documented accurately, timely and securely.
- Collaborate with all healthcare providers and departments, including physicians, nurses, lab, radiology and pharmacy staff to ensure patient information to promote patient safety through documentation practices.
- Oversee documentation practices and manage many other key aspects of health information including collecting, reporting, analyzing and protecting health data.
Beyond technical capabilities, a health information management degree can help you build skills you need to navigate a fast-paced healthcare environment. "[You'll be working in] a place where human interaction is extremely important — the ability to deal with change, handle conflict, the ability to listen, actually excelling in all forms of communication," said Cheryl Martin, AHIMA’s health information management strategic advisor. "In fact, one of the big focuses we will have in 2020 for professional development at AHIMA is soft skills."
AHIMA cites academic institutions, consulting agencies, government agencies, and healthcare software companies as the types of employers with an increased demand for educated HIM practitioners.
As the profession continues to grow, so do HIM career opportunities. Here’s a partial listing of the job roles on the AHIMA website:
- Medical coding
- Clinical documentation improvement
- Privacy officer
- Security officer
What is healthcare informatics?
According to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), healthcare informatics is a multidisciplinary and integrative field focused on health information technologies (HIT) that involves the computer, cognitive and social sciences. Healthcare informatics applies principles of computer and information science to the advancement of life sciences research, health professions education, public health and patient care.4
Health information technicians, or health informaticists, use data, information and knowledge to improve human health and the delivery of healthcare services. An integral part of any healthcare team, they help incorporate advanced technology into patient care and facility operations, reducing errors and maximizing efficiencies. As technology continues to evolve, the healthcare industry will need trained professionals to help implement these changes.
SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
Sources & Citations (1, 2, 3, 4)
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (viewed March 31, 2020)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (viewed March 31, 2020)
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2 According to a survey responses from over 9,200 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2019.
3 American Health Information Management Association, on the internet, at http://www.ahima.org/careers/healthinfo?tabid=what (viewed online March 19, 2020).
4 American Medical Informatics Association, on the internet, at https://www.amia.org/fact-sheets/what-informatics (viewed online March 20, 2020).