Program Overview


hihim program overview

The UW Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Health Information Management program is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to govern and manage data and administer information technology systems in health care settings.

Our rigorous, multidisciplinary curriculum combines, management, IT, informatics, finance, law, medicine and health sciences – positioning you for a range of career possibilities. HIHIM graduates go onto work in areas such as medical records administration, data analysis and informatics, coding and billing, and regulatory compliance.

UWs Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). It is offered by the UW Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health.

Program graduates are eligible to take the national certifying exam, offered by the American Health Information Management Association, to become a registered health information administrator. RHIA certification is an industry-recognized credential and a proof of expertise in the field.

In a survey of employers who had hired our graduates within a year of graduation, 100 percent rated the quality of UW HIHIM graduates as satisfactory to excellent. To learn about HIHIM career paths, see the Careers page.

Program Format

Students enter the HIHIM program having already completed at least 90 transferable credits. To earn the HIHIM degree, you must complete an additional 76 credits in the major, including the 5-credit capstone project, and fulfill the School of Public Health's general education requirements.

You can attend full time or part time, finishing the program in two to three years. The HIHIM adviser can guide you on the best study plan. Classes begin in the late afternoon and run through the evening on the UW campus in Seattle.

Who Should Apply

The program is geared to UW undergraduates or transfer students who are interested in the field of health informatics and health information management. For details on admissions requirements, see the Admissions page.

Related Programs

If you already have a bachelor's degree and want to enter the field of health informatics and health information management, the Certificate in Health Informatics & Health Information Management is also CAHIIM-accredited and can be taken part or full time.

The Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management is a part-time program designed for working professionals who want to prepare for senior leadership roles in health informatics and health information management at the enterprise level.

At a Glance

Credits: 76
Learning Format: Classroom
Length: 2–3 years
full or part time
Cost: $412 per credit
(2017–2018)


QUESTIONS?

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