Health information management was formerly known as "medical record administration" and accepted its first three students in 1971. At that time, the program was a post-baccalaureate certificate. In 1974, the department joined the new School of Allied Health (today known as the School of Health Professions) as one of nine charter programs. The program transitioned in the late 1970s to an undergraduate degree program and the first bachelor's degree students graduated in 1978. The degree required three years of undergradute study followed by 12 months of courses in health information management.
Ann Gioiosa started the program and served as its first chair until 1978. Sue Malone was department chair from 1980 to 1995 and was followed by Alice Junghans. Don Kellogg led the program from 2000 to 2002, and May 2002 saw the last class of students graduate from the 12-month program format. Since then, the health information management curriculum has been a 24-month program preceded by two years of undergraduate prerequisites. Karl Koob served as program director until 2012 when Norb Belz was appointed to the position. As chair, Belz continues to lead the department today.
The mission of the KU Department of Health Information Management is to educate and prepare progressive and highly qualified professionals who provide leadership in diverse global healthcare and business information environments while promoting excellence in Health Information Management.
The KU Department of Health Information Management strives to be a premier academic program providing advance knowledge through academics, professional development, research, and technology in a global healthcare/business environment to meet the needs of all communities of interest.