KU's health information management program is ever-changing and evolving to support a rapidly changing profession. This program is designed to attract highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals interested in a profession leading health care into the 21st century. Student learn theory and practice to attain entry-level competencies related to health records in management, personnel administration, legal aspects, health information systems, information retention and retrieval systems, health statistics, research, quality improvement systems, and classification and indexing systems.

The on-campus bachelor's degree program begins each fall on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. With the exception of the senior semesters, most courses are held Tuesday through Friday mornings ending around noon each day. Many courses are taught in a hybrid manner with off-campus and online elements. The program culminates in a 4-week capstone professional experience at the end of the spring semester of the senior year.

Note: During the senior year spring semester, students are required to complete an early application for the national registry exam offered by AHIMA, Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM). Students will pay a fee attached to course HEIM 680 Internship when registering for the semester. The fee will cover the cost of registering for the exam and is scaled to the CCHIIM exam cost published on the AHIMA website. Passing this examination certifies the individual as a professional health information manager and permits the use of the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential.

The schedule of courses below provides a general sense of academic workload for students during the 2-year program in Health Information Management at KU:

Year 1 Fall Semester
HEIM 301. Health Information Management Orientation. 1-2 Hours.
HEIM 325. Pharmacology. 2 Hours.
HEIM 401. Introduction to Health Information Management (HIM). 3 Hours.
HEIM 415. Healthcare Delivery Systems. 3 Hours.
HEIM 435. Pathophysiology for Health Professionals. 3 Hours.
HEIM 501. Information Resources for Health Professions. 1 Hour.

Year 1 Spring Semester
HEIM 420. Legal Aspects of Healthcare. 3 Hours.
HEIM 450. Introduction to Professional Practices Experiences. 1 Hour.
HEIM 525. Healthcare Database & Architecture. 3 Hours.
HEIM 540. Health Information Systems. 3 Hours.
HEIM 565. Clinical Terminologies and Classifications I. 4 Hours.
HEIM 570. Introduction to Healthcare Management. 1-3 Hours.

Year 2 Fall Semester
HEIM 510. Professional Practice Experience / Lab I. 1 Hour.
HEIM 567. Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare. 3 Hours.
HEIM 571. Human Resource Management in Healthcare. 3 Hours.
HEIM 575. Applied Statistics and Research Methods in Healthcare. 3 Hours.
HEIM 585. Healthcare Reimbursements & Financing. 3 Hours.
HEIM 635. Clinical Terminologies and Classification II. 3 Hours.

Year 2 Spring Semester
HEIM 604. Professional Practice Experience / Lab II. 2 Hours.
HEIM 665. Topics in Health Information Management. 1-2 Hours.
HEIM 671. Strategic Leadership in Healthcare. 3 Hours.
HEIM 676. Healthcare Analytics. 3 Hours.
HEIM 679. Information Governance in Healthcare. 3 Hours.
HEIM 680. Management Internship. 3 Hours.


Total Hours: 60-63

For course descriptions, please visit the KU Academic Catalog list of courses in this program.

Last modified: Nov 20, 2015

Prospective Students
The priority deadline to apply to this program is February 1. Applications may be accepted after the deadline based on space available in the next class.

More about this program:
Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
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Tuition and fees
KU Core Courses PDF document


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.