The Health Information Management (HIM) concentration equips students with integrated knowledge of technology, management, and medical science. Students acquire skills that provide them with a strong foundation for managing health information and information systems, medical reimbursement processes, and other administrative health data functions. Students are prepared to collaborate with interdisciplinary healthcare professionals in compliance and quality improvement efforts as they relate to the gathering, storing, and analysis of health-related data. Students also develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills that are integral to the management of health data and information. Further, students acquire vital leadership skills in health informatics, revenue cycle management, data analytics, and information governance.
Conferral of a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree with a concentration in Health Information Management does not result in professional certification or licensure.
HIM concentration courses with HIM and HLTH designation are offered via distance delivery only. HIM 408 and HIM 490 could contain a course component that requires a face-to-face element, please contact HIM faculty for additional information.
Internships / Practicums
Students practicum opportunities are available in traditional settings such as hospitals and outpatient facilities,, government agencies, and other healthcare service organizations. Additionally, increased demand for interns is rising in non-traditional settings such as organizations that generate mobile technology and software companies that provide health-related data gathering devices. HIM students can also provide great insight in the public health environment. All of this is per the national and global focus on data quality, patient health outcomes, and privacy & security standards linked to the healthcare workforce skill set.
Careers and Earning Potential
Advances in healthcare technologies, a steadily growing aging population in America, , increased emphasis on outpatient care, and a national focus on patient health outcomes have resulted in a high demand for health information management professionals. Current and emerging roles for professionals include directors and executive officer-level positions, electronic health record implementation managers, population health analysts, patient advocacy roles, health informatics project managers, privacy and compliance officers, risk management directors, data & quality improvement analysts, information governance directors, and revenue cycle analysts and managers.
For more information on careers and earning potential, visit the Hawaiʻi Career Explorer website.