Program History, Mission, and Vision
See the transformation of health information management from its beginnings to its current status as a fast growing, critical health care field.
Throughout the history of the health information management program, we've looked for ways to apply current knowledge and applied learnings to improve the lives of individuals and communities in Kansas and beyond. Through this vision, we strive to provide our students with the necessary tools to play a pioneering role in health information management.
The KU Department of Health Information Management improves lives and communities in Kansas and beyond through innovative, applied learning in partnership with our students.
To lead the nation in caring, healing, teaching, and discovering through a pioneering role in health information management.
- Authenticity: We engage others with openness, honesty and respect.
- Belonging: We contribute well to the team dynamic, caring for our students and colleagues.
- Collaboration: We are accessible to others, and we seek out opportunities to partner with students, colleagues and the community.
- Diversity: We appreciate the variety of characteristics, qualities, experiences and ideas that enrich our department and community.
- Exploration: We embrace creativity, innovation and the opportunity to discover.
- In 1971, Three students enroll in the post-baccalaureate certificate program that was precursor to health information management. It was named medical record administration at the time.
- In 1974, the Department of Medical Record Administration joined the then-new School of Allied Health, known today known as the School of Health Professions on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan.
- During the 1970's the HIM program transitioned to an undergraduate degree.
- In 1978, the first students graduated with a bachelor's degree in HIM.
- In the late 1970s, the degree required three years of undergraduate study followed by 12 months of health information management coursework.
- May 2002 saw the last class of students graduate from the 12-month program format. Since that time, the health information management curriculum has become a 24-month program preceded by two years of undergraduate prerequisites.
- Ann Gioiosa started the medical record administration program and served as its first chair until 1978.
- Sue Malone served as department chair from 1980 to 1995, followed by Alice Junghans.
- From 2000 to 2002, Don Kellogg led the program.
- Karl Koob served as program director until 2012, when Norb Belz was appointed to the position that later evolved to a chair position.
- Rosann McLean was appointed department chair July 1, 2018.