Health Information Management

Students in Health Information Management working on a class project.

Health information management is the study of acquiring, analyzing and protecting information vital to providing quality patient care. Highly in demand, these professionals demonstrate leadership and management of health information in many forms, from paper and scanned documents to electronic files.

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

In KU's two-year bachelor's program on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan., students work with the latest technology at a top academic institution and the region's premier academic health center, The University of Kansas Hospital. Program is open to undergraduate or community college students with sufficient prerequisities. Learn more

Online RHIT-to-RHIA Bachelor's Degree-Completion Program

The goal of this program is to expedite completion of a bachelor's degree in health information management and access to the RHIA certification exam for RHITs. Students complete the program online to accommodate the needs of professionals; our approach brings the live classroom experience into the online environment for the adult learner. Learn more

Joint Bachelor of Science/Masters Program

In this intensive, full-time program, students can achieve a bachelor's in health information management and master's in health service administration in five years. Students will be prepared to assume management and executive positions in health-related organizations and to bring their expertise in health information management to these positions. Learn more

Minor in Business – KU School of Business

Students interested in pursuing a business focus should consider a minor in business. Due to the overlap in the curricula, students in health information management at KU may satisfy some of the minor's eligibility requirements, based on course equivalency.

The minor in business requires completion of 18 credit hours prior to graduation, including all courses listed below. Twelve of the hours must be taken at KU.

Course Requirements:

  • ACCT 205 Survey of Accounting (prerequisite for the HIM program)
  • IST 205 Survey of Information Systems (prerequisite for the HIM program)
  • MGMT 305 Survey of Management (satisfied during the HIM program)
  • SCM 305 Survey of Supply Chain Management
  • MKTG 305 Survey of Marketing
  • FIN 305 Survey of Finance
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Interested students should schedule a meeting with his or her academic advisor. More information about the Minor in Business is provided on the School of Business website.

Accreditation and Student Outcomes

CAHIIM accredited program sealThe bachelor's degree in health information management at the University of Kansas is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800. Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. Information for students.

Current RHIA exam pass rates for KU students are 93%. Career and advanced degree placements are typically 100% within 6-12 months, although most students have placement at graduation. Attrition rates are typically 5% for KU's health information management program.

Last modified: Jul 24, 2015

KU's Rosann O’Dell, with help from other HIM faculty, authored a article on KU’s interprofessional education efforts that was published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association. Read article PDF document icon

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Patient Health Information
Private health records of patients should not be directed to this department. Please contact the hospital's medical records unit for all matters concerning patient or clinical information.


We're here to answer your questions and help you prepare for a rewarding career in health information management. Advising for prospective students is available Monday-Friday by appointment. Please email for scheduling.

For advising on the Lawrence campus, please see the KU Undergraduate Advising Center at (785) 864-2834 or visit Strong Hall Room 132.