Health Information Management

Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. HIM organizes and manages health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security. Health information managers regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information.

Students pursuing the health information management program will also be required to complete the minor in healthcare information systems, through the computer information systems (CIS) department

The HIM program is a secondary admission program. The admissions process will take place winter semester and will require a HIM application by February 28th, prior to the intended fall entry.  The minimum criteria for application will be:

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

The baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management at Grand Valley State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  http://cahiim.org

CAHIIM

Student Achievement Data

Graduate Placement Rates:
April 2016, 10 students graduated from the HIM Program and 9 out of the 10 students have obtained employment within the HIM profession.
April 2017, 21 students graduated from the HIM Program. Place rates will be obtained from students in the next 4-6 months. 

Graduate and Employer Satisfaction Rates:
Graduate survey- 6 out of the 10 students submitted a graduate survey indicating they were strongly satisfied with the program. 
Employer survey- 2 out of the 10 employers responded providing positive feedback on the student’s ability to apply their knowledge and skilled obtain in the HIM program. 

Yearly Attrition and Retention Data:
Academic year 2014-2015 there were 28 students that began in the fall of 2014 and five students left the program at the end of the fall 2014 semester (18% attrition).  Retained 23 students.  Academic year 2015-2016 there were 27 students that began in the fall of 2015 and two students left the program at the end of the fall 2015 semester (7% attrition).  Retained 25 students. Academic year 2016-2017 there were 30 students that began in the fall of 2016 and two students left the program at the end of the fall 2016 semester (7% attrition).  Retained 28 students.  Academic year 2017-2018 there were 37 students that began in the fall of 2017 and 1 student left the program at the end of the winter 2018 semester (3% attrition).  Retained 36 students.  

Yearly attrition will not exceed 20% as evidenced by annual enrollment statistics.

Graduation Rates:
100% of the students who were scheduled to graduate in April of 2016 were successful in doing so (10 students were scheduled to graduate and 10 students did graduate).
100% of the students who were scheduled to graduate in April of 2017 were successful in doing so (21 students were scheduled to graduate and 21 students did graduate).
100% of the students who were scheduled to graduate in April of 2018 were successful in doing so (33 students were scheduled to graduate and 33 students did graduate).