health_information_managementYou don’t have to look very far to find one of the “nine hot college majors” ranked by U.S. News & World ReportHealth Information Management (HIM), in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration, is ranked fourth on the list as being a huge need in the industry.

Health Information professionals help acquire, manage and use patient health information to improve health care services , assist in the transition from paper-based to electronic health records,  protect the privacy and confidentiality of health information as well as provide information for other business processes in health care organizations.

“Health Information Management professionals works with clinicians and information technologies to capture and disseminate health data for treatment and decision-making,” said Kay Clements, M.A., RHIA, director of the undergraduate HIM program. “It’s great opportunity for those who want to combine their interest in health care and health care technology.”

U.S. News and World Report ranked the majors as the demand for workers increases. The American Medical Informatics Association projects a need for more than 50,000 workers in the next five to seven years.  

The UAB HIM program was established in 1972 and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

“The popularity of health information management and health informatics academic programs at all levels has continued to result in significant growth across the United States and provided many options for a diverse group,” said Claire Dixon-Lee, Ph.D., executive director of CAHIIM. “We are seeing students just out of high school, people wanting a career change, and those seeking advanced higher education in these respective fields.”

Health Informatics was also ranked fourth with HIM as a hot major. The UAB Department of Health Services Administration offers a master’s in health informatics as well as a specialty track in HIM at the master’s level.