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Program History, Mission, and Vision

A Brief History

photo of two women in the former medical records department of the hospital

Education in health information management at the University of Kansas 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.

Historical image of two students at computers in KU Med library.

In the late 1970s, the program transitioned to an undergraduate degree program, and the first bachelor's degree students graduated in 1978. The degree required three years of undergraduate study followed by a final year 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 that later evolved to a chair position. Rosann McLean was appointed department chair July 1, 2018 and leads the department today.


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.
Last modified: Feb 24, 2021