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Health Information Management and Systems

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus

School: Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Health information management and systems (HIMS) encompasses the business aspects of health services and the information systems used to plan, finance and evaluate patient care. The profession focuses on management principles, information systems, finance, legal and ethical issues, quality improvement, clinical data management, and the skills necessary to manage people and systems. 

Upon admission to Ohio State, first-year students who wish to apply to the health information management and systems (HIMS) undergraduate professional program must have completed at least 30 semester credit hours including the following admission prerequisites with a C- or higher by the end of summer term prior to enrollment in the professional program.

Admission prerequisites:

  • English composition
  • Three biology and chemistry courses including one sequence
  • Introductory psychology
  • Eligible for Math 1150

For admission to the major, student selection is based upon the quality of the application, college grade point average and performance in pre-professional courses. A documented visit with a health information manager and a personal interview are required.

Prospective students preparing to apply to this program should request more detailed information from the Student Services Office by calling 614-292-1706 or visiting hrs.osu.edu.

Students in this program are part of a small cohort of students that take courses together and receive individualized attention from faculty.

The health information management and systems (HIMS) program can be completed in eight semesters. Admission requirements and program prerequisites should be completed within the first two years. For these pre-professional years, students should follow the suggested scheduling plan available from hrs.osu.edu or contact the school’s Student Services Office.

Program prerequisites:

  • Elementary statistics
  • Principles of Micro­economics
  • Business and Professional Speaking
  • Foundations of Accounting
  • Human anatomy
  • Human physiology
  • Microcomputer Applications in the Health Sciences
  • Medical terminology

Students admitted to the undergraduate professional program begin professional course work in the junior year. Courses include:

  • Principles of Disease
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Clinical Classification Systems
  • Fundamentals of Health Care Law
  • Health Care Information Systems
  • Health Care Reimbursement
  • Health Care Research
  • Professional Practice
  • Clinical Data Management
  • Health Care Databases
  • Health Care Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management 
  • Management Principles
  • Quality Improvement
  • Systems Analysis and Design 

Students in the health information management and systems major are encouraged to contact the Office of International Affairs to find study abroad experiences related to health care that can strengthen their applications to majors and graduate study programs.

The health information management and systems program includes clinical placements that provide extensive supervised practice in medical facilities both on and off campus. Students will work with their faculty advisors to identify appropriate placements that match the student's needs and professional interests.

Health information management and systems (HIMS) students may apply to any of the Ohio State Scholars programs. Students in the Ohio State Scholars programs live together, attend classes together and have the opportunity to be a part of a close-knit community. 

The Health Sciences Scholars Program and the Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars Program may be of particular interest to HIMS students because they bring together students with interests in the many health programs offered at Ohio State.

Learn more about the Honors and Scholars Programs at honors-scholars.osu.edu.

Students are encouraged to work on a research project with health information management and systems (HIMS) faculty. Four undergraduate student researchers working with HIMS faculty have won at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in the past five years.

Students in the health and information management program can live in the Future Health Professionals Learning Community, join the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Student Council or become members of the Health Information Management Student Association. Students may also be nominated by faculty to participate in the School of Health and Rehabiliation Sciences Ambassadors program.

Various organizations also offer student membership opportunities, including AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association), OHIMA (Ohio Health Information Management Association), and the Central and Southern Ohio Healthcare Information Management Systems Society.

Graduates of the health information management and systems program (HIMS) are eligible for professional certification as a registered health information administrator and for additional certifications in specialty areas such as clinical coding, health care privacy and security, and quality improvements.

One hundred percent of graduates from the Ohio State HIMS program passed the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam in 2012, 2013 and 2015, and the pass rate for students who exercised the early test option among 2014 graduates was 100 percent.

As a member of the management team, the registered health information administrator works with other health care professionals—physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, administrators, researchers, information systems specialists, educators, lawyers and others—and may work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, out-patient centers, long-term care facilities, consulting firms, government agencies, law firms and insurance companies, medical device/pharmaceutical/electronic health records companies or sales, and data analytics firms. 

A registered health information administrator may manage others, but he or she may also work in specialty areas such as information systems, quality improvement, cancer registry, corporate compliance, vendor companies and consulting firms. In addition, a registered health information administrator may be responsible for the privacy and confidentiality of patient information.

Average starting salaries for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in health information management and systems (HIMS) range from $40,000 to $65,000. Depending on the student's expertise and area of employment, earnings could be substantially higher with advancement.

The HIMS field is expected to grow much faster than average, with over 140,000 projected job openings from 2014 to 2024 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Student Services Office
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
206 Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-1706
hrs.osu.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/health-information-management-and-systems

The health information management and systems program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education, which means it has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has met or exceeded the accreditation standards.

Interested in a career in health care?

Check out the Health Care Pathway to discover the many majors Ohio State offers that can lead to a health care career.