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Health Information Management

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology and are vital to sustaining, analyzing and protecting health information to provide both continuity and quality of patient care. HIM professionals are found in all areas of healthcare and fill leadership, business, strategic planning and administrative positions and will continue to be critical components within the healthcare workforce.

Due to the ever-increasing movement of personnel, patients and data across national boundaries and the need for effective governance and universal standardization of health information data, HIM professionals need a set of skills which are applicable across the globe.


The vision of the Health Information Management program at the University of Detroit Mercy is to produce globally prepared leaders in the health information management profession who are able to transform, interpret and administer healthcare data to improve healthcare delivery and patient safety.


  1. To prepare students to professionally and ethically practice health information technology within a global healthcare system
  2. To prepare students to organize and manage healthcare data, perform quality assessment and performance improvement and apply the principles of organizational and human resources management to health information technology.
  3. To prepare students with the knowledge, skills and characteristics needed to successfully earn the Registered Health Information Management Administrator credential.


CAHIM Accredited LogoThe Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management at the University of Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is a globally recognized accreditation organization for Health Informatics and Health Information Management education programs which ensures the development of a workforce that meets the challenges of an information-intensive environment and its impact on global health. CAHIIM accreditation allows University of Detroit Mercy graduates eligibility to apply and take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination in their last term of study or after graduation. The RHIA credential is a globally recognized credential administered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), a member of the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA).

Why HIM @ #DetroitMercy?

Your professors (and your classmates) will know your name

The size of the program allows for a high level of personal interaction with excellent faculty to create a supportive environment for your personal development. Small class sizes and accessible faculty ensure a very high level of engagement with our students.

HIM professionals may have many job titles

Compliance Officers
Privacy and Security Officers
Medical Coders
Information Security Specialists
Release of Information Specialist
Data Quality Specialist
Medical Chart Auditor
Utilization Specialist
Clinical Documentation Specialist
Healthcare Data Analyst
Data Analytics Specialist
Revenue Cycle Specialist
Information Governance Specialist

Career opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics a 22% growth rate within the HIM field is expected through 2022. Also, CNBC states two of the ten most in-demand jobs in the US are Information Security Analysts and Health Services Managers (both positions filled by HIM professionals) with a growth rate of 20-28%.

An equally important part of health care

The Health Information Management (HIM) bachelor's degree is designed to prepare individuals to become leaders in the fast growing field of Health Information Management.

This program will appeal to the student:

  • Desiring to work in healthcare, but not directly with patients                                                                 
  • Interested in the legal, ethical, financial, information technology and clinical aspects of healthcare
  • Wanting a career that offers diverse employment opportunities

Based in values

We are a values-based organization; values and ethics are very important for future caretakers of the Electronic Health Record.

  • Few schools in Michigan offer this program, and Detroit Mercy is conveniently located in southeast Michigan.
  • Students begin taking HIM core classes during their first semester.
  • The program includes an internship where students will work directly with professionals in the field; employers typically hire their interns.

Admission Requirements and Resources for BS


    HIM Admission

    • Minimum 2.5 GPA for freshman students; 2.0 for transfer students
    • SAT or ACT score submitted for freshman students 
    • Accepted freshman applicants may be required to take Detroit Mercy placement tests in English composition and mathematics


    To achieve a bachelor of science degree in HIM, you must complete 126 credits, which include the Detroit Mercy core curriculum, and the major courses.

    Health Information Management (HIM) Curriculum Example

    Fall credits Winter credits
    BIO 2300 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab not required) 3 cr BIO 2320 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Lab not required) 3 cr
    HIM 2050 Medical Terminology 3 cr
    HIM 1090 Information Systems for Health Professionals 3 cr
    Fall Credits Winter Credits
    HIM 2600 Management of Vital Health Data and Statistics 3 cr CIS 4505 Project Management 3 cr
    HIM 3100 Pathophysiology for Health Professionals 3 cr HIM 2800 Pharmacotherapy for Health Professionals 3 cr
    CIS  4060 Software Requirements and Design 3 cr HSA 3100 Health Care Law & Regulations 3 cr
    Fall Credits Winter Credits
    HIM 3800 Healthcare Accreditation and Compliance 3 cr HIM 3700 ICD Classification Systems  3 cr
    HIM 3650 Healthcare Reimbursement and CPT Classification Systems 3 cr HSA 3585 Health Services Organization Management 3 cr
    CIS 4850 Information Assurance 3 cr CIS 4560 Database Design 3 cr
    HSA 3001 Accounting for Health Care Professions 4 cr HSA 4650 Health Services Financial Management (HSA 3001 pre-requisite) 3 cr
    Fall credits Winter credits
    HIM 4200 Healthcare Quality Improvement & Outcomes 3 cr HIM 4900 Health Information Management Internship** 3 cr
    HSA 4700 Evidence Based Research for HSA and HIM (STA 2250 pre-requisite) 3 cr HIM 4600 Leadership and Strategic Planning for Health Professionals 3 cr

    Total Credit Hours = 126      The last 30 credits prior to graduation must be taken at Detroit Mercy.
    **Senior year internship is 3 credits; the student will spend 168 contact hours during the internship experience



    Health Information Management (HIM) Program Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Domain I: Data Content, Structure & Standards (Information Governance)
    2. Domain II: Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy & Security
    3. Domain III: Informatics, Analytics and Data Use
    4. Domain IV: Revenue Management
    5. Domain V: Compliance
    6. Domain VI: Leadership

    Graduation and Employment Outcomes 2014-2017

    Year 2014 2015 2016 2017

    Receiving Degrees

    1 (100%) 2 (100%) 1 (100%) 5 (100%)
    Employed 1 (100%) 2 (100%) 1 (100%) 5 (100%)

    Employed in Field

    1 (100%) 2 (100%) 1 (100%) 4 (80%)

    Unemployed and Seeking Employment

    0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)

    Leadership Minor

    HIM students only need four courses for a Leadership Minor!


    Additional HIM Resources

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