Online Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management

Take your career from technician to information manager.

The online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM) degree program at the University of Saint Mary offers individuals interested in maintaining medical information the opportunity to advance their skills and further their careers.

The online HIM degree program's curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). It builds on the skills HIM professionals use daily — offering a highly specialized understanding of information technology, management, and data analysis. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Certification Exam and will be prepared to:

  • Manage patient’s health information
  • Interact with all levels of organization (clinical and administrative)
  • Manage people and operational units
  • Implement the Electronic Health Records (EHR) for record keeping in all health care settings
  • Mine and analyze data for better organizational outcomes

Our HIM Degree is Designed for Your Goals

Established by program director and Health Information Management expert Dr. Don Kellogg, the BSHIM curriculum enables you to bridge the health care system through clinical, operational, and administrative services. You'll have the opportunity to participate in an internship tailored specifically to your own career aspirations and immerse yourself in courses that concentrate on four specific areas:

  • Reimbursement - Understand intricacies of the changing reimbursement environment
  • Health information technology – Knowledge of IT and the implementation of electronic health records
  • Management – Supervise staff, manage resources, and records
  • Quality improvement – Quality assessment and performance improvement

Health information management professionals are tasked with obtaining, evaluating, and guarding medical information necessary for the proper delivery of quality patient care. Highly trained in the latest medical record applications, these experts serve a vital role managing electronic health records and ensuring daily operations of health informatics run smoothly.

Professionals in the health information management field must be highly trained to assess patient care and engage in secure patient record keeping using the most recent health information technology and data security programs. Careers in the health care IT industry may be with any type of health care provider – settings for health information administrators will vary. You may work anywhere from a small physician’s practice to a large hospital utilizing today’s modern information management systems.

The online health information management degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

USM's Online BSHIM is Focused on Your Success

The University of Saint Mary is focused on the success of each student and ensuring that every graduate leaves with a thorough understanding of the ethics and morality associated with the health care field. This value-centered education will help health information management experts advance their careers through a better understanding of how to obtain and analyze medical information.

Professional Organizations in Health Information Management

For continued success in the health care IT field, the bachelor's degree in HIM at the University of Saint Mary encourages students to seek out and participate in relevant professional organizations including:

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA): AHIMA is a professional organization dedicated to helping those in the health care field manage personal health information. The association has more than 71,000 members (as of 2013).

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA): AMIA is an authoritative source within the informatics community. This professional health informatics organization is geared towards leading informatics practitioners including clinicians, scientists, researchers, educators, and students.

Becoming a member of a professional health care organization is an excellent way to network with industry professionals and continue to grow within your chosen career in health information management.

Take the Next Step

Want to learn more about the University of Saint Mary BSHIM program? Request more information or call us at 877-307-4915 to speak to an admissions advisor.