Courses & Curriculum

Note: The UW HIHIM curriculum is being updated for the 2016-2017 school year. More information will be available in November 2016 - check back for updates.

Degree Requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Health Information Management, you must successfully complete a minimum of 65 400-level credits in the major and fulfill the School of Public Health's general education requirements. With the 2016-2017 curriculum update, the minimum number of credits is expected to increase to 76.

A Rigorous, Multidisciplinary Curriculum

The UW HIHIM program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. As part of the accreditation process, the program continuously evaluates its curriculum to make sure it meets or exceeds the accreditation commission's rigorous standards. Accreditation also ensures the curriculum addresses the fundamental competencies needed to become a registered health information administrator, a certification offered by the American Health Information Management Association.

The HIHIM curriculum incorporates the disciplines of management, informatics, information technology, finance, law, medicine and health sciences. Each course maps to the RHIA entry-level competencies, as well as competencies of the UW School of Public Health.

Core Content Areas

  • Clinical and administrative data content, structure and standards
  • Health record content
  • Clinical documentation standards
  • Information governance and data management
  • Health law and ethics
  • Privacy, confidentiality and security
  • Health care informatics
  • Health care analytics
  • Health care statistics and research
  • Leadership and professionalism
  • Human resources management
  • Operations management
  • Financial management
  • Project management
  • Health information systems and electronic health records
  • Health information systems analysis
  • Clinical terminologies and classifications
  • Revenue management
  • Disease concepts for managers
  • Health care delivery

Capstone Project

The HIHIM program places a strong emphasis on practical experience to prepare you for your professional career. In a culminating capstone project, you're matched with a Seattle-area health care provider, vendor or organization to gain experience in areas such as management, problem-solving, systems analysis, health information systems implementation, change management and regulatory compliance.

Mentorship Program

As part of the programís professional and leadership emphasis, each student is assigned a mentor who is an active health information management professional in the field. The mentorship program is designed to provide students with opportunities to network and get practical career and job-seeking advice from experienced HIM professionals.