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Health Information Management Degree Program

Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

Collect, analyze, and protect vital patient information

The Baccalaureate Degree Health Information Management Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

When you’re in the business of saving lives, getting accurate facts and data quickly is literally a life-and-death proposition. From patient data and medical notes to insurance facts and billing details, our current healthcare system is built upon information. Because of this, and the reporting requirements associated with the Affordable Care Act, there is a significant need for professionals who understand these systems and regulations. With that being the case, it should come as no surprise that job growth in this industry is expected to increase 18% by 2025.*

With our Health Information Management (HIM) degree program, you’ll be prepared to help streamline patient care issues. You will gain the knowledge and confidence to work with others at the management table to develop policies and processes that provide quick access to critical patient data while ensuring confidentiality and the proper release of patient information.

Build hybrid skills to become a unique asset to employers

Earn a degree that combines concepts in healthcare management, information technology, and organizational leadership, giving you the skills needed to succeed in the fields of health informatics and health information management.

Our Health Information Management degree program provides you with the knowledge to manage and improve health information access and delivery. You’ll learn how to integrate the management of health information while adhering to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Code of Ethics, HIPAA regulations, and organizational standards.  When combined with information governance and the principles of teamwork, you’ll have the confidence to develop and implement information systems solutions for any organization.

Get hands-on experience that’s valued in the workplace

Immediately apply your new health information management skills into the workplace through our practical curriculum and real-world assignments. When combined with the insight you’ll gain from instructors who are industry practitioners, you’ll have what it takes to separate yourself from the crowd and become more attractive to prospective employers.

Add practical value to learned theory during your Professional Practice Experience (PPE). This is the last course in the HIM program curriculum and gives you the opportunity to showcase all of the skills you learned during the program by developing a significant project for an approved healthcare-related agency of your choice.

Reap the rewards of your degree faster

Franklin’s HIM program is designed for individuals who would like to enter or advance in the health information industry. If you have previous healthcare experience or education, you can earn transfer credit toward your health information management degree or demonstrate your learning through proficiency testing and prior learning evaluations.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!

1Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Healthcare Management
    • Develop strategic and operational plans for facility-wide health information management
    • Perform business planning activities, such as cost-benefit analyses, to determine resource needs
    • Establish standards of productivity for healthcare information management
    • Ensure proficiency and effectiveness by promoting industry best practices, ensuring HIPAA and other compliance, and educating personnel
    • Problem-solve operational issues to reduce administrative costs and improve efficiencies
    • Review and improve operational activities to meet best practice standards and achieve workflow efficiencies
    • Direct day-to-day operations and decision making, including managing resources, personnel, inventory, and workflow
  • Health Data Management
    • Create and maintain organizational policies, procedures, and guidelines for the management of health information
    • Ensure accurate and comprehensive patient care data for patient evaluation, quality audits, and historical purposes
    • Develop and implement quality measurement to ensure accurate, timely and complete medical record keeping
    • Identify trends and improvement opportunities for select healthcare quality measures
    • Optimize management and communication of related clinical data, information, and knowledge
    • Audit medical records, ensuring accuracy of assigned ICD-10 codes supported by written clinical documentation
    • Deliver effective briefings and make recommendations based on complex and diverse data
  • Health Informatics & Information Systems
    • Leverage health data in support of organizational objectives, addressing unmet medical needs
    • Provide leadership on the use of electronic health records that impact clinical information management from planning through adoption
    • Establish appropriate methodologies for data collection, data warehousing, and data analyses
    • Act as liaison between end-users, such as providers, nursing, and other departments and organizational groups, linking clinical practice, technology, information management, and technical experts to enhance patient care
    • Maintain information management policies and practice guidelines, ensuring standardized health information management operations
  • Compliance & Risk Management
    • Maintain information management policies and practice guidelines, ensuring standardized health information management operations
    • Manage patient medical records information to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, licensing agency rules and regulations, and Joint Commission standards for quality patient care
    • Determine the appropriate levels of user access to protected health information and personally identifiable information
    • Review information security plans to ensure alignment between security and privacy practices
    • Develop, implement, and oversee quality risk management programs with associated processes, procedures, training, and tools
    • Engage in best practices to meet regulatory compliance and ensure systems meet filing and reporting requirements
  • Culture & Performance Enhancement
    • Develop, communicate, and implement priorities, goals and objectives in accordance with long-term leadership development plans
    • Coach and mentor employees, keeping lines of communication open and providing opportunities for growth
    • Apply state-of-the-art leadership skills assessments to determine employees’ leadership strengths and weaknesses, aligning them with appropriate responsibilities to optimize performance
    • Cultivate a culture in which employees are valued and encouraged to challenge the status quo and achieve performance gains
    • Provide organizational development strategies, direction, and counsel to leadership and employees

Career Opportunities

  • HIM Director

    HIM Directors oversee the maintenance of patient medical records, ensuring accuracy, privacy, and security.

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  • Patient Records Auditor

    Patient records auditors review medical records and related documentation, ensuring accuracy, efficiency, and compliance with regulations and laws.  

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  • Patient Information Manager

    Patient Information Managers manage and secure patient records, ensuring compliance with federal mandates for electronic storage.

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  • Clinical Data Analyst

    Clinical Data Analysts ensure consistent completion of experiments and protocols, and capture and record verifiable scientific data and validation.

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  • Clinical Coders

    Clinical Coders input appropriate medical diagnostic and procedures codes into classification systems software in order to determine insurance reimbursement for services.

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  • Privacy Officer

    Privacy Officers create policies and procedures to govern the storage, retrieval, and management of patient information, ensuring adherence to best practices and compliance with federal and state regulations.

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  • Assistant HIM Director

    Assistant HIM Directors manage the day-to-day activities of staff charged with maintaining patient medical records.

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  • Data Quality Manager

    Data Quality Managers ensure compliance of organizational privacy policies, maintain data quality goals and standards, and resolve data quality problems through process design strategies.

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Employment Outlook

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - June 2016

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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