Academic Experience

student at her computerThe UW Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics & Health Information Management program is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to govern and manage data and administer information technology systems in health care settings. With its expert-designed curriculum and professional emphasis, the program prepares graduates to launch careers in this cutting-edge field. 

If you already have a bachelor's degree and want to enter the health informatics and health information management field, we also offer a CAHIIM-accredited Certificate in Health Informatics & Health Information Management. Another option is the Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management, a part-time program designed for working professionals who want to prepare for senior leadership roles in health informatics and health information management at the enterprise level.

Curriculum

Because our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), our curriculum is continually evaluated to make sure it meets or exceeds the commission's rigorous standards. Accreditation also ensures that the curriculum addresses the fundamental competencies needed to become a registered health information administrator (RHIA).

Each course in the HIHIM program maps to specific RHIA entry-level competencies, as well as to competencies of the UW School of Public Health. The program of study incorporates the disciplines of management, informatics, information technology, finance, law, medicine and health sciences. Students acquire a versatile yet focused skill set of clinical, IT, research, analytical, teamwork and management skills. You'll learn how to support a health care organization and have an understanding of health care protocols, legal requirements and ethical considerations.

Program Format

You can earn the HIHIM degree through a two-year study plan. The program is offered in a hybrid format, with students attending classes in the late afternoon and early evening at the Seattle campus for two days each week.

For your capstone project, you’ll work onsite at a health care provider or organization in the Seattle area, gaining valuable hands-on experience in the field.

UW Health Science Immunization Program (HSIP)

Upon admission to the HIHIM program, students must register in the Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP) to ensure compliance with the University’s affiliation agreements with clinical and practicum training sites. 

Mentorship Program

As part of the HIHIM program’s professional and leadership emphasis, each student is assigned a mentor who is an active health information management professional in the field. The mentorship program is designed to provide students with opportunities to network and get practical career and job-seeking advice from experienced HIM professionals.