Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Information Management Online (HIM)

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Program at a Glance
  • Gain on-the-job experience through an on-ground externship at a local hospital or health care facility.
  • Apply what you’ve learned to a challenging, real-world HIM problem in your culminating capstone project.
  • Learn from professors who are experienced HIM professionals. 
  • Shorten your path to a bachelor’s degree if you already earned a CAHIIM-approved associate’s degree in health information technology.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 180
COST PER CREDIT $371
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management Overview

The field of health care is undergoing dramatic changes that involve the integration of technology into patient care. Our online health information management degree prepares you to meet the growing demand for health information management (HIM) professionals.

This program intersects medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law—a unique blend that enables graduates to pursue a diverse array of opportunities in a wide variety of health-related settings.

Coursework focuses on preparing you to:

  • Apply best practices in decision making regarding the management of health information.
  • Use research methods and critical thinking to create solutions for vital health care issues.
  • Apply the professional, ethical, and legal standards of health information management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the forces affecting health care delivery and health information systems.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Practical Experience

Gain real-world experience and build a valuable professional network during a 120-hour externship at a local hospital or health care facility.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for medical and health services managers, which include health information jobs, will grow by 20% between 2016 and 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.*

Graduates of the HIM degree program can choose from many different career paths in a variety of settings such as:

  • Physicians’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Government agencies
  • Software and IT vendor firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Consulting firms

Health information management career titles associated with this degree include:

  • Patient information coordinator
  • Data quality manager
  • HIM clinical documentation specialist
  • HIM quality auditor
  • Information security analyst

Practice-Focused Capstone

The program culminates in the successful completion of a capstone project, completed under the mentorship of a faculty advisor. Apply what you have learned throughout the program to a health information management challenge in the field.

Accelerate Your Bachelor’s Degree

If you received a CAHIIM-approved associate's in health information technology, your prior degree could earn you credits toward your bachelor’s degree.


Note: Prior completion of an associate’s degree is not a prerequisite for the program.

Coursework focuses on planning, designing, managing, and evaluating electronic health information and data systems.

The curriculum is reviewed and revised regularly by industry experts to ensure it reflects the most recent developments in the fast-changing HIM field.

Sample Courses
  • Human Resources for Health Care Organizations
  • Health Care Administration
  • Information Technology and Systems for Health Care
  • Research Methods for Health Sciences
  • Strategic Planning and Organizational Development for Health Care
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits117
  • Elective Credits30
  • Total Credits180

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Service Managers, www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Purdue Global does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.