What will I learn in this online Health Information Management degree program?

This online Health Information Management degree program gives you the skills to analyze information needs and design solutions as well as manage information storage, transfer and retrieval in healthcare environments.

How long is the online Health Information Management degree program?

At 120 credit hours, the online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree program is designed to be completed in 38 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.

How much will my Health Information Management degree online program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $295 per credit hour, or $250 if you’re a military member, a veteran, a certified or licensed patient care worker, first responder, or their spouse or child. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.


A conferred associate degree (any type) is required for entrance into the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program.


Our online bachelor's in Health Information Management degree program can help you learn about the efficient operation of healthcare information systems. These systems contain a large quantity of protected healthcare, personal and employee data that needs constant security protection.

Throughout our program, you can take courses such a Healthcare Informatics/Information Security and Privacy in Healthcare Organizations. Introductory courses in computer networks and database applications may also be part of your curriculum. You'll also learn medical terminology and healthcare delivery systems.

The purpose of these courses is to introduce you to how various types of information technology fit within the field of healthcare.


While general skills, such as knowledge of computer systems, coding, and system security, can benefit you, there are personality traits that can also be of benefit, including: patience, accountability, self-confidence, leadership, empathy, excellent problem-solving abilities, communication skills and motivation.

To expand on a few of these—your ability to direct a team with confidence can be vital to your success. During your degree program, strengths such as motivation and problem-solving can help you set the stage for your own future success because they easily translate to professional situations, as well.

Should I have a background in IT or Computer Science to pursue a health information management program?

Entry-level programs like our online Bachelor's in Health Information Management degree program can be a great way for you to learn the basics of computer information systems in healthcare. While experience within IT fields can be a great complement to this program, it is not required of you for entry.

Courses such as Introduction to Computer Systems can be great resources if you are new to computer information systems. One of the primary goals of the health information management degree program is to provide you with the necessary skills to diagnose errors within healthcare systems, and develop new and innovative technologies for use in health-related fields.


Computer programming is a skill that can be great for you in the field of Health Information Management. With minimal programming knowledge required to start, you'll learn more about information and data management through the curriculum. Such courses as Systems Analysis and Design, Information Systems Project Management, and Security Operations give you the foundation for managing a healthcare provider's information technology and network.


Courses typically begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program, other accredited degree programs, opportunities financial assistance or if you have any questions about the enrollment process.

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Health Information Management (Bachelor of Science)

Online Health Information Management Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this online healthcare management degree online program, you will be able to:

  • Use information systems tools, techniques and methodologies applicable to healthcare systems
  • Apply project management principles to information systems development efforts in healthcare institutions
  • Structure information collection and presentation to facilitate executive-level planning and decision-making in healthcare environments
  • Apply fundamental systems analysis and design concepts and problem-solving strategies to information technology problems
  • Analyze, design and implement solutions to healthcare information problems
  • Develop reporting and support capabilities for healthcare decisions

HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Core Professional Competencies

University of Arkansas Grantham prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Data Aptitude – Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

Health Information Management (Bachelor of Science)


As you consider your educational options for health information systems degree program, keep in mind that Grantham’s coursework is 100% online to fit your busy schedule. While working toward your Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree, core curriculum will include:

Program Core Credits: 57
General Education Core Credits: 42
Electives Credits: 21
Total Credit Hours: 120
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 57
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: HP111 Title: Healthcare Delivery Systems Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to different types of healthcare delivery systems and how to analyze the organization, financing, regulatory issues, and delivery of different healthcare services. Topics covered include the "continuum of care"" concept, and methods and theories in healthcare delivery systems and computer applications in healthcare. Focus is placed on evolution and trends in managed healthcare, including research, statistics, quality management, and integrating information technologies into medical office practices. Other processes such as staffing, productivity, and improving quality are also discussed."
Course: HP114 Title: Medical Terminology Credits: 3
  This course teaches the foundation of the language of healthcare. Students will learn how to pronounce medical terms and communicate medical information to both health professionals and patients. Students will also learn the principles of word-building needed for the extensive medical vocabulary used in healthcare. Students will utilize interactive technology to assist with learning, pronunciation and application in Anatomy and Physiology.
Course: HP212 Title: Basic Diagnosis Coding Systems Credits: 3
  This course examines medical billing and coding in medical practice. All basic medical billing and coding issues are discussed, including coding diagnosis, the International Classification of Diseases Manual (ICD-10-CM), coding compliance and legal and ethical compliance. Students extrapolate coding information from the ICD-10-CM manual and examine usage guidelines for Volumes I, II and III.
Course: HP213 Title: Basic Procedure Coding Systems Credits: 3
  This course provides the student with in-depth coverage of procedural coding utilizing the HCPCS coding system composed of Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) and national codes. The course includes detailed application of the CPT classification system for outpatient services. Emphasis includes Evaluation and Management, Anesthesia, Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, and Laboratory and Medicine codes, as well as the use of modifiers. Students will apply coding and billing principles through the use of coding exercises and coding simulation software.
Course: HP214 Title: Reimbursement Methodologies Credits: 3
  This course provides students with a working knowledge of medical insurance and its applications. Emphasis is on understanding insurance essentials, including the role of the medical insurance billing specialist and legal and ethical requirements. Medical documents and coding diagnoses and procedures are discussed. Students comprehend the claims process, focusing on charges, methods of payments, billing and reimbursement. Other topics covered are private payers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Medicaid and Medicare, TRICARE and worker's compensation. Patient billing software is also explored.
Course: HP352 Title: Healthcare Information Quality and Compliance Credits: 3
  This course explores the evolution of quality management in healthcare, emphasizing performance improvement, history, models, identification of needs, implementation of change, and evaluation. The explosion of health-related Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data requiring timely and accurate analysis creates a demand for innovative solutions in healthcare quality control and performance metrics. Students explore tools, aggregate and analyzing data, and decreasing risk exposure. Quality metrics specific to healthcare, such as patient satisfaction surveys,
improving care provision, and controlling infectious disease, are additional considerations. The course includes terms and concepts related to the privacy and security of health information, threat identification, data security mechanisms, and reporting requirements related to compliance.
Course: HP356 Title: Information Security and Privacy in Healthcare Organizations Credits: 3
  This course explores the regulatory issues associated with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the implications of this Act related to data security and privacy issues in healthcare organizations. Topics examined are identifying and prioritizing information assets and threats to those assets; defining information security strategy and architecture; planning responses to intruders in an information system; and identifying legal and ethical issues and implications of information security.
Course: HP416 Title: Healthcare Leadership and Organizational Behavior Credits: 3
  This course examines concepts related to organizational behavior in a variety of healthcare settings. Understanding the factors that drive human behavior allows leaders to positively influence culture, performance, and job satisfaction. The interrelationship between individual and group dynamics is a key concept for healthcare leaders. Students acquire the skills needed to meet the challenge of redesigning organizations to deliver patient-centered, value based care. Students learn to apply the concepts of communication, performance management, and conflict resolution when evaluating and improving group performance, resource management, and organizational dynamics. A primary focus will be on enhancing leadership ability to influence organizational behavior through management concepts, theories, and evaluation of organizational effectiveness.
Course: HP432 Title: Healthcare Informatics Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the day-to-day requirements of healthcare systems in the processing and storing of patient information and the medical management systems to facilitate appropriate and safe care. Students examine a broad range of topics including: aspects of the healthcare delivery system in relation to overall management functions, institutional, social and political forces in healthcare, the role of IT in healthcare management and information security, and patient privacy.
Course: HP497 Title: Health Systems Management Capstone Project Credits: 3
  This course helps to develop and implement a unique project that demonstrates mastery of the program objectives. Program objectives include applying fundamental systems analysis and design concepts and program solving strategies to information technology problems; applying project management principles to information systems development efforts and analyzing, designing and implementing solutions to healthcare information challenges.
Course: HSN310 Title: Scholarly Writing for Healthcare Professions Credits: 3
  Scholarly Writing for Healthcare Professions is designed to combine the elements of evidence from research and critical thinking into an organized format that demonstrates scholarly academic writing. This course focuses on the skills necessary to develop professional writing that supports ideas and infers relationships. Students progressively expand their capability to produce clear, substantive written communication at the baccalaureate level of education, both in regard to classroom assignments and more globally in their chosen healthcare profession.
Course: HP205 Title: Computer Software Applications in Healthcare Credits: 3
  This course provides an overview of commonly available software tools used in healthcare, including an introduction to encoding tools and computer-assisted coding software used in healthcare data processing. Focus is placed specifically on healthcare software and its many uses, functions and applications in the medical office. Other processes such as medical office billing and information technology are also discussed.
Course: MGT150 Title: Principles of Business Management Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides students with a practical and concrete explanation of the concepts and techniques they will need as managers in today's new organizations. The sequence of topics follows the familiar pattern of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Throughout the course, the manager's role in leading and accommodating change is emphasized. The course also introduces the student to the issues of managing global businesses, especially the ways in which managers need to develop a global perspective in order to be successful. Issues in strategy, diversity, and entrepreneurship are covered extensively.
Course: ACC220 Title: Financial Accounting Credits: 3
  This introductory financial accounting course introduces the student to the important role of financial accounting in modern business. The key role of financial accounting is to provide useful information to external users in order that a wide variety of economic decisions can be made. The course covers the theory and practice of accounting applicable to the recording, summarizing and reporting of business transactions. Topics include the different types of financial statements and accounts, asset valuation, revenue and expense recognition and appropriate accounting for asset, liability and capital accounts.
Course: HP425 Title: Health Information Management Strategic Planning Credits: 3
  This course examines the theoretical concepts of strategic planning as well as applications to health information management. A structured, stepwise approach to execution of strategic planning for management and leadership in health care organizations is provided. Included are methods for assessing critical features of organizational environments such as leadership styles, market analysis of competition, future focused innovation, and processes for ensuring diverse, collaborative planning environments, and monitoring strategies.
Course: IS242 Title: Management Information Systems Credits: 3
  This course covers the principles of managing information systems in the context of an enterprise. Topics include coverage of information technology in management, information systems in decision-making, planning of information systems, systems development, controls and security measures, and electronic commerce.
Course: IS320 Title: Database Applications Credits: 3
  This course presents the fundamental concepts of database systems. The course covers the relational model, structured query language (SQL), data modeling, database design and database administration.
Course: IS336 Title: Systems Analysis and Design Credits: 3
  This course introduces the concepts, tools and techniques used in the analysis, design and deployment of information systems which support business requirements. Topics include requirements determination, data and process modeling, various development methodologies, project management, data and user interface design, security, implementation and maintenance, and documentation.
Course: IS351 Title: Information Systems Project Management Credits: 3
  This course covers the technical and managerial aspects of project management as identified by the Project Management Institute's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Emphasis is placed on defining project management and its relationship to other business disciplines and the development of information systems. PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute.
General Education: 42
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: English Composition Credits: 6
Course: Math Credits: 9
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations, polynomial and rational functions and graphing and exponential and logarithmic functions. A new textbook may be required in order to ensure needed electronic codes are valid.
Course: Natural/Physical Science Credits: 6
Course: BIO113 Title: Anatomy and Physiology Credits: 3
  This course examines the twelve major systems of the human body. These systems include: skeletal, integumentary, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive. In addition, students develop the use of appropriate medical terminology, examine cell and tissue structure, and review how body systems maintain health homeostasis.
Course: BIO116 Title: Introduction to Pathophysiology Credits: 3
  This course is designed for students who are interested in having a better understanding of how the body works and disease processes. Content is designed to assist students with a healthier lifestyle through prevention, recognition and treatment for a wide variety of common pathologies, many of which may be preventable. Research and evidence-based knowledge is used to explore the mechanisms of disease, the aging process and genetic disorders, as well as the pathology behind mental illness.
Course: Computer Science Credits: 3
Course: CS105 Title: Introduction to Computer Applications Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for folder and file navigation and manipulation. Students explore the fundamentals of an office productivity suite, developing skills in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.
Course: Oral Communication Credits: 6
Course: Humanities and Fine Arts Credits: 3
Course: Social/Behavioral Science Credits: 6
Course: General Education Credits: 3