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 Health Information Management program is a secondary admission program. Priority consideration will be given to applicants that submit their completed application by the February 27th deadline. Late applications will be accepted from qualified applicants as long as space is available in the program. 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 2018 33 students graduated from the HIM Program and 23 out of the 33 students have obtained employment within the HIM profession.
April 2019 37 students graduated from the HIM Program and 23 out of the 37 students have obtained employment within the HIM profession.

Graduate and Employer Satisfaction Rates:

2018 Graduate survey- 6 out of the 33 students submitted a graduate survey indicating they were strongly satisfied with the program.
2018 Employer survey- 15 out of the 27 employers responded providing positive feedback on the student’s ability to apply their knowledge and skilled obtain in the HIM program.
2019 Graduate survey- 3 out of the 37 students submitted a graduate survey indicating they were strongly satisfied with the program.
2019 Employer survey- 7 out of the 29 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 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.
Academic year 2018-2019 there were 46 students that began in the fall of 2018 and 1 student left the program and 1 student passed at the end of the fall 2018 semester (4% attrition).  Retained 44 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 2018 were successful in doing so (33 students were scheduled to graduate and 33 students did graduate). 
100% of the students who were scheduled to graduate in April 2019 were successful in doing so (37 students were scheduled to graduate and 37 students did graduate).