Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Description and Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management supports the development of innovative and adaptive critical thinkers and problem solvers who are capable of using available services and technologies to support operations, management, and decision-making initiatives within the health information field. In addition, the curriculum encourages lifelong learning and addresses the evolving professional skills of baccalaureate degree students.

Upon graduation, you may pursue positions that require you to perform either technical or management duties within the health information field. Typical duties may include overall department management; generation and analysis of health care data; implementation of quality improvement processes, risk management techniques, compliance strategies, and reimbursement procedures; research; and evaluation of legal issues. Employment opportunities may exist within hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians' offices, health maintenance organizations, insurance companies, home health care, consulting companies, computer software companies, and government agencies.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon graduation, you may be eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam given by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  

If you have already completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (see Admissions Requirements below for additional restrictions), you may be eligible for degree requirements to be waived and replaced with advanced start credit. Refer to Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor’s Degrees in the Prior Learning Assessment section for details.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program is to prepare you with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits to be an innovative and adaptable critical thinker and problem solver in order to pursue a career in the health care industry.

PPE/Externship Experience

This program blends online coursework with on-ground experience. You must complete a 120-hour professional practice experience (PPE)/externship in a hospital or other health care facility to complete the course of study. Refer to the General Policies section for criminal background check information.

Program Length

The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a bachelor of science degree.

Program Outcomes

Discipline-Specific Outcomes

  1. Knowledge Base: Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the principles of planning, designing, managing, and evaluating electronic information systems.
  2. Research Methods and Critical Thinking Skills: Apply research skills and critical thinking to create solutions for health care issues.
  3. Health Care Administration: Demonstrate knowledge of the forces affecting health care delivery and health information systems.
  4. Operations: Apply best practices in decision making regarding the management of health information.
  5. Ethics and Professionalism: Employ the professional, ethical, and legal standards of health information management.

General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies

In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the General Education and Professional Competency Requirements section of this Catalog.

Program Availability

For program availability, please refer to the U.S. State and Other Approvals section and Program Availability Information.

Policies

Admissions Requirements

If you are enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program, please refer to the school-specific policies and the Policy Information section for general Purdue Global policies.

To be eligible for advanced start credit in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program, you must have successfully completed a Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)-approved Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program.

Progression Requirements

You will be withdrawn from the program if you are unable to successfully complete HI499 Bachelor's Capstone in Health Information Management on the second attempt.

As an online student, you must:

  1. Provide notice of intent to enroll in clinical courses and externships 3 months prior to the beginning of the term in which you wish to enroll. Notification must be submitted to the Health Sciences Clinical Placement Department using the appropriate application form.
  2. Complete a clinical orientation workshop and pass a criminal background check prior to placement at a clinical, practicum, or externship site.

Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams

Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.

Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not reviewed the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions, nor intended the program to meet such requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.

You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.