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Health information management skills.

Health Information Management, B.S.

Health information management (HIM) is the practice of managing medical information that is vital to providing quality patient care. HIM organizes health data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security. There are many important skills needed for a career in HIM, including analytical skills, attention to detail, clear communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and technological and leadership skills.

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This program requires a secondary admission process.

Program Overview

Secondary application and admission are required. Once admitted to the HIM program students will complete five semesters of coursework. It is a hybrid program and begins in the fall semester each year. Students pursuing this degree will also complete a minor in health care information systems through the College of Computing.

Student applications for placement in the fall cohort are due by March 1 every year. Applications are available online at

Minimum criteria:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of 45 semester hours, which includes current enrollment, verified by transcript
  • No grade less than a C in BMS 250, BMS 251, and AHS 100

Why Study Health Information Management at Grand Valley?

  • GVSU is the only baccalaureate level HIM program in the state of Michigan to have a minor in health care information systems built into the degree.
  • Students enjoy smaller class sizes, a cohort educational experience, and competency-based education offered in a hybrid format.
  • Students gain knowledge and experience using software technology currently used in the industry.
  • Students are qualified to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam before graduation, allowing them to become a certified RHIA immediately upon graduation.
  • Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Classes for the program are a combination of online and in-seat on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.



Students study a wide variety of topics including:

  • ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT/HCPCS coding
  • Electronic health record software
  • Quality in health care
  • Health care law
  • Leadership practices in HIM
  • Strategic planning in HIM
  • Data analytics


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

The HIM program is a secondary admission program. The admissions process will take place winter semester and will require an HIM application by March 1, prior to the intended fall entry. The minimum criteria for application includes:

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of the HIM application form
  • Completion of 45 semester hours, which includes current enrollment, verified by transcript(s)
  • No grade less than a C in BMS 250BMS 251, and AHS 100

For More Information

College of Health Professions
School of Interdisciplinary Health
Health Information Management
500 Lafayette Ave. NE, Suite 420
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5600

Admissions and Recruitment Office