UndergraduateDegrees & Certificates

Health Information Management Bachelor of Science

Health Information Management professionals serve as a bridge between clinical, operational, and administrative functions within the healthcare industry and directly affect the quality of patient care.

Learn how Health Information Management prepares students for a fast-growing, rewarding career.

Widespread adoption of new technologies is fueling a critical need for specialized Health Information Management (HIM) professionals able to manage electronic health records, analyze health information and ensure the privacy and security of patient data.

The HIM program incorporates medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one curriculum. Because of the course work diversity, HIM graduates can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of healthcare environments.

Graduates of the Health Information Management undergraduate program demonstrate expertise in core competencies that are essential in managing all aspects of patient health information and computer information systems within a healthcare organization. These competencies include:

Upon graduation, students are eligible for a national registry examination offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and earn the credential of Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). This credential exhibits the graduate’s expertise in the professional field of Health Information Management.

Indiana University takes great pride in the fact that graduates of the Health Information Management program have exceeded the AHIMA national average scores on all core competencies on the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) national exam.

Careers in Health Information Management

What they do

  • Revenue Cycle Auditing
  • Data Analytics
  • HIPAA Compliance Assessments
  • Third-party Payer Recovery Auditing
  • HIM Process Workflow
  • Electronic Health Record Implementation
  • ICD-10 Training

Where they work

  • Clinical Coding Solutions
  • Exact Target
  • Franciscan Alliance
  • IU Health
  • St. Vincent Health
  • Trust Healthcare Consulting Services, LLC
  • Truven Health Analytics

Why study at SOIC?

The HIM program will uniquely qualify you to take advantage of these opportunities as a health information leader. A Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management can open the door to opportunity and provide a strong foundation that will assist you with advancing in your career. A professional practicum is built into the curriculum, providing real world experience and preparing you to sit for the national credentialing exam (RHIA) upon graduation.

IUPUI is the Health and Life Sciences campus for Indiana University. Centrally located near downtown Indianapolis, there is easy access to industry and resources for hands-on experience and full time employment opportunities upon graduation. Many hospitals and healthcare facilities are a short commute from campus including: Methodist Hospital, Riley Children’s Hospital, Eskenazi Health, IU University Hospital, and the VA Hospital just to name a few.

Getting Started

To pursue a degree in Health Information Management, you must first apply and be accepted to IUPUI. You’ll then want to meet with an undergraduate advisor to review your plan of study. You can view the plan of study below or review our FAQs for more information.

The Professional Practicum Experience

Our program offers one-of-a-kind experiential learning that gives you a distinct advantage as you begin your career. Students will experience a mentored professional practicum within a variety of healthcare related settings. Practicums are project-based allowing students to integrate classroom based knowledge in a real world setting solving real world problems.

Career Development

And before you graduate, you’ll work with our Career Services Office to learn how to job search, pursue internship opportunities and connect with employers.

Plan of Study

Below is the plan of study for students beginning in the fall of 2013 or later. Students who began prior to the fall of 2013 should review their plan of study. Students are responsible for completing the degree requirements for their particular plan of study. Transfer students should consult a School of Informatics and Computing academic advisor regarding potential course exceptions and/or substitutions. We encourage all students to meet with an academic advisor prior to registration each semester. Students can also view the degree map (for fall 2013 or later) to see which courses they should take each semester.

The HIM degree consists of 120 credit hours. All courses must be completed with a C or better to count towards degree completion. The professional program may be completed fully online and students may start the professional program in either the fall or spring semester.

Pre-HIM Program (28 cr.)

NOTE: BIOL N212 Human Biology 1 (3 cr.) and BIOL N214 Human Biology 2 (3 cr.) are required but may be applied under the Life and Physical Sciences General Education Core requirements below. The BIOL N213 and BIOL N215 labs are OPTIONAL.

Professional Program (58 cr.)

Professional program courses are open only to those junior and senior-level students who have successfully completed all pre-Health Information Management courses and have received a letter of acceptance to the program.

Professional core courses are sequential and must be completed in the order specified during the third and fourth years of study.

First Fall Semester (14 cr.)

First Spring Semester (16 cr.)

Second Fall Semester (14 cr.)

Second Spring Semester (14 cr.)

General Education Requirements (30 cr.)

Foundational Intellectual Skills

Students must take 15 credit hours related to Foundational Intellectual Skills. This includes 6 credits related to Core Communication skills, 6 credits in Analytical Reasoning, and 3 credits related to Cultural Understanding.  The following list are courses offered by the School of Informatics and Computing courses that count towards the general education requirement.

Analytical Reasoning (List B)

A complete list of all approved courses can be found on the University College website.

Intellectual Breadth and Adaptiveness

Students must also take 15 credit hours related to Intellectual Breadth and Adaptiveness. This helps to foster the “ways of knowing” that are characteristic of particular fields ranging from science and the social sciences through humanities and arts. This includes 6 credits in the Life and Physical Sciences, and 9 credits distributed across the Arts/Humanities and the Social Sciences. The following lists are courses offered by the School of Informatics and Computing courses that count towards the general education requirement.

Social Sciences

A complete list of all approved courses can be found on the University College website.

General Electives (Up to 11 cr.)

Up to 11 credit hours – whatever is needed to reach 120 credit hours.

The School of Informatics and Computing will not accept physical education activity courses, musical instrument or voice lesson courses towards elective credit. Students may use any other college level course credit (transferable to IUPUI) towards electives.


Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Health Information Management undergraduate program will demonstrate expertise in the following core competencies essential to success as an informatics, computing and information technology professional specializing in health information:

  1. Health Data Management
    1. Health Data Structure, Content and Standards
      • Manage health data (such as data elements, data sets, and databases)
      • Ensure that documentation in the health record supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient’s progress, clinical findings, and discharge status
      • Maintain processes, policies, and procedures to ensure the accuracy of coded data
      • Monitor use of clinical vocabularies and terminologies used in the organizations’ health information system
    2. Healthcare Information Requirements and Standards
      • Develop organization-wide health record documentation guidelines
      • Maintain organizational compliance with regulations
      • Ensure organizational survey readiness for accreditation, licensing and/or certification processes
    3. Clinical Classification Systems
      • Select electronic applications for clinical classification and coding
      • Implement and manage applications and processes for clinical classification and coding
    4. Reimbursement Methodologies
      • Manage the use of clinical data required in prospective payment systems (PPS) in healthcare delivery
      • Manage the use of clinical data required in other reimbursement systems in healthcare delivery
      • Participate in selection and development of applications and processes for chargemaster and claims management
      • Implement and manage processes for compliance and reporting such as the National Correct Coding Initiative
  2. Health Statistics, Biomedical Research and Quality Management
    1. Healthcare Statistics and Research
      • Manage clinical indices/databases/registries
      • Analyze and present data for quality management, utilization management, risk management, and other related studies
      • Utilize statistical software
      • Ensure adherence to Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes and policies
    2. Quality Management and Performance Improvement
      • Organize and coordinate facility-wide quality management and performance improvement programs
      • Analyze clinical data to identify trends
      • Analyze and present data for healthcare decision-making (such as demonstrating quality, safety, and effectiveness of healthcare)
  3. Health Services Organization and Delivery
    1. Healthcare Delivery Systems
      • Monitor the impact of national health information initiatives on the healthcare delivery system for application to information system policies and procedures
      • Interpret, communicate, and apply current laws accreditation, licensure and certification standards related to health information initiatives at the national, state, local and facility levels
      • Analyze and respond to the information needs of internal and external customers throughout the continuum of healthcare services
      • Revise policies and procedures to comply with changing health information regulations
      • Translate and interpret health information for consumers and advocates
    2. Healthcare Privacy, Confidentiality, Legal and Ethical Issues
      • Coordinate the implementation of legal and regulatory requirements related to the health information infrastructure
      • Manage access and disclosure of personal health information
      • Develop and implement organization-wide confidentiality policies and procedures
      • Develop and implement privacy training programs
      • Resolve privacy issues/problems
      • Apply and promote ethical standards of practices
  4. Information Technology & Systems
    1. Information and Communication Technologies
      • Implement and manage use of technology, including hardware and software, to ensure data collection, storage, analysis and reporting of information
      • Contribute to the development of networks, including intranet and internet applications to facilitate the electronic health record (EHR), personal health record (PHR), public health, and other administrative applications
      • Interpret the derivation and use of standards to achieve interoperability of healthcare information systems
    2. Data, Information, and File Structures
      • Apply knowledge of data base architecture and design (such as data dictionary, data modeling, data warehousing, and so on) to meet organizational needs
    3. Data Storage and Retrieval
      • Apply appropriate electronic or imaging technology for data/record storage
      • Apply knowledge of database querying and data mining techniques to facilitate information retrieval
      • Implement and manage knowledge-based applications to meet end-user information requirements
      • Design and generate administrative reports using appropriate software
    4. Data Security
      • Enforce confidentiality and security measures to protect electronic health information
      • Protect data integrity and validity using software or hardware technology
      • Implement and monitor department and organizational data and information system security policies
      • Recommend elements that must be included in the design of audit trail and data quality monitoring programs
      • Recommend elements that should be included in the design and implementation of risk assessment, contingency planning, and data recovery procedures
    5. Healthcare Information Systems
      • Compare and contrast the various clinical, administrative, and specialty service applications used in healthcare organizations
      • Apply appropriate systems life cycle concepts, including systems analysis, design, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance to the selection of healthcare information systems
      • Facilitate project management by integrating work efforts, as well as planning and executing project tasks and activities
      • Formulate planning, design, selection, implementation, integration, testing evaluation, and support for organization-wide information systems
      • Apply ergonomic and human factors in interface design
  5. Organization and Management
    1. Human Resources Management
      • Manage human resources to facilitate staff recruitment, retention, and supervision
      • Ensure compliance with employment laws
      • Develop and implement staff orientation and training programs
      • Develop and implement continuing education programs
      • Develop productivity standards for health information functions
      • Monitor staffing levels and productivity, and provide feedback to staff regarding performance
      • Benchmark staff performance data
      • Develop, motivate, and support work teams
    2. Financial and Resource Management
      • Demonstrate knowledge of financial management and accounting principles
      • Prepare and monitor budgets and contracts
      • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of cost-benefit analysis techniques to justify resource needs
      • Manage organization-wide coding and revenue cycle processes
    3. Strategic Planning and Organizational Development
      • Develop strategic and operational plans for facility-wide information systems
      • Assess organization-wide information needs
      • Facilitate retrieval, interpretation, and presentation of data/information appropriate to user needs
      • Demonstrate and apply principles of organization behavior to facilitate team building, negotiation, and change management
    4. Project and Operations Management
      • Apply general principles of management in the administration of health information services
      • Assign projects and tasks to appropriate staff
      • Implement process engineering and project management techniques to ensure efficient workflow and appropriate outcomes