B.S. Health Information Management (BS)
The UAB Health Information Management Program prepares students to evaluate and improve the quality of health information resources. Students learn the resources needed to develop and improve health information resource management by acquiring, developing, and disseminating knowledge.
Job opportunities for graduates exist in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry designing and maintaining health information systems. Health information management professionals work with administrative and clinical staffs in health care facilities to provide the best possible information resources, a necessity for quality health care.
Health information management professionals also design and maintain health information systems to collect, assess, and disseminate clinical and administrative data. Health care professionals can use the data in education, research, utilization management, quality assessment and improvement, and decision making. Health services administrators utilize the data in financial management, facilities planning, and operational and risk management.
Based on the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Reality 2016 recommendations and the School of Health Professions strategic planning initiatives the baccalaureate level Health Information Management Program (BSHIM) anticipates transitioning to a credential graduate track leading to a Master of Science in Health Informatics degree in the fall of 2015. Accreditation from CAHIIM will be sought so graduates will be eligible to write the national RHIA exam. The AHIMA is encouraging graduate level education that prepares entry level HIM professionals for the widespread use of electronic health records and health information exchanges. The transition of our HIM program from a Baccalaureate to a Master’s level program will better prepare graduates for the future demands of the HIM profession.
The last cohort of BSHIM applicants will be accepted for the fall of 2013 and with successful completion of the professional curriculum, graduate in the spring of 2015.
Incoming Juniors to the fall class 2013 must have all prerequisites and pre-professional courses completed in order to be admitted.
Please contact the BSHIM Program Director for additional information:
Kay Clements, MA, RHIA, CCS, CPC
HIM Program Director
The Health Information Management (HIM) Track is designed to provide credentialed HIM practitioners with advanced practice knowledge and skills for new employment opportunities in administrative, educational, and research activities in the rapidly evolving electronic health care environment.