Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) is a challenging career option for people interested in medicine, technology, and management. These are dynamic fields that blend healthcare information systems with business administration and management. Implementation of electronic health records has increased the need for skilled health informatics and information management (HIIM) individuals and has broadened opportunities for HIIM practice. Employment is found in a variety of organizations, including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, health plans, insurance agencies, governmental agencies, educational institutions, vendor organizations and research centers. Health Informatics (HI) professionals innovate healthcare delivery and impact patient outcomes by analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information systems. Health informaticians assess the information needs of healthcare providers and consumers, evaluate and enhance clinical processes, and participate in the customization, development, implementation and evaluation of clinical information systems. Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are experts in managing the collection, storage, retrieval and interpretation of healthcare information. To provide the highest quality health care delivery, health information is used not only for patient care, but also in medico-legal issues, research, planning and evaluation. HIM professionals are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records (EHRs). They ensure a patient's health information and records are complete, accurate, and protected.
The baccalaureate degree program in health informatics and information management is an entry-level program for students who want to pursue a career in health informatics and information management and to obtain the registered health information administrator (RHIA) credential from the American Health Information Management Association. Upon completion of the program, students receive a bachelor of science degree and are prepared to apply for and obtain their RHIA.
The program is designed for part-time, nontraditional students. Online coursework is the method of content delivery.
Bachelors - Progression Program
This progression program is designed to allow a health care professional holding the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential from the American Health Information Management Association to receive credit for previous educational and professional experience and to earn a baccalaureate degree in health informatics and information management from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Students who satisfactorily complete the undergraduate program will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the University of Mississippi and are eligible to apply to take the examination for registration by the American Health Information Management Association. The HIIM baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Results from the August 2015 – July 2016 outcomes assessment reported to CAHIIM in the 2017 Annual Program Report (APAR) indicate:
Please click the following links to learn more information about the curriculum for the Bachelor Programs.
Bachelor Program - Traditional
Bachelor Program - Progression
UMMC also offers a masters program. Click the link below for more information.
Master of Health Informatics and Information Management