Welcome to 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.

Grand Valley State University's undergraduate HIM program is offered through the College of Health Professions' School of Interdisciplinary Health.


WHY STUDY HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AT GRAND VALLEY?

  • This program can be completed fully online.
  • The minor in health care information systems is unique to the HIM degree at GVSU, providing additional employment opportunities for students after graduation.
  • Software technology used in curriculum is paid for by the School of Interdisciplinary Health.
  • Graduates are key players in interprofessional health care organizations. High job placement offers the potential for maximum return on investment.
  • Students are able to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator certification exam.

HIM At-A-Glance

  • Undergraduate - B.S.
  • Secondary Admit required
  • Application deadline: March 1
  • Online Format
  • Includes CIS minor
9%
Michigan Job Growth
11%
National Job Growth
High
Job Placement Rates

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

Grand Valley State University's Health Information Management (B.S.) program sits within the College of Health Professions' School of Interdisciplinary Health.

Students pursuing this degree will also complete a minor in health care information systems through the School of Computing and Information Systems (CIS).

All HIM and CIS (major and minor) classes are fully online.

Students interested in the Health Information Management program should arrange to meet with a CHP Student Services Advisor early and periodically, to determine progress toward and eligibility for admissions into the program.

HIM Admissions

The Health Information Management program is a secondary admission program.

Completed applications for fall entry are due March 1 for Priority admission. Late applications from qualified students will be accepted on a rolling basis, until all seats are filled.

Minimum criteria:

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

What is Secondary Admission?

Secondary admission means students must complete a specific set of courses, at or above a required GPA level. Once students have completed these requirements, the next step is to submit a secondary admission application.

Secondary admission applications are open to current GVSU students, as well as those already admitted to GVSU as transfer students.


Accreditation Statement

The HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT accreditor of GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the BACCALAUREATE degree in HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT has been reaffirmed through 2027. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at [email protected].

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Student Achievement Data

April 2019 37 students graduated from the HIM Program and 23 out of the 37 students have obtained employment within the HIM profession.
April 2020 40 students graduated from the HIM Program and 19 of 40 students have obtained employment within the HIM profession.

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 skills obtained in the HIM program.
2020 Graduate survey: 6 out of 40 students submitted a graduate survey indicating they were strongly satisfied with the program.
2020 Employer survey: 14 of 38 employers responded providing positive feedback on the student’s ability to apply their knowledge and skills obtained in the HIM program.

Academic year 2018-2019 there were 46 students that began in the fall of 2018; 1 student left the program and 1 student passed at the end of the fall 2018 semester (4% attrition). Retained 44 students.
Academic year 2019-2020 there were 36 students that began in the fall of 2019; 0 student(s) left the program. Retained 36 students.
Yearly attrition will not exceed 20% as evidenced by annual enrollment statistics.

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). 
100% of the students who were scheduled to graduate in April 2020 were successful in doing so (40 were scheduled to graduate and 40 students did graduate). 



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