Apr 01, 2023  
Fall 2017 Catalog and Handbook 
Fall 2017 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Health Information Management

Academic Director: Ellen Karl, MBA, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Email Contact: HIM@sps.cuny.edu  

The Program

The field of Health Information Management is growing rapidly. Over the last few years the federal government has invested billions of dollars in the field to promote the design and development of a robust health information infrastructure. As a result of private institutions following suit, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16% growth in related health information jobs.

The online BS in Health Information Management prepares students to develop, implement, and manage health information and data systems for quality care, reimbursement, research, planning, and evaluation. Students will develop and demonstrate competency in the five primary knowledge domains:

  • Health Data Management;
  • Health Statistics, Biomedical Research, and Quality Management;
  • Health Services Organization and Delivery;
  • Information Technology and Systems; and,
  • Organization and Management.

Learning objectives largely encompass the following five areas:

  • Health Data Management
    • Health Data Structure, Content, and Standards
    • Healthcare Information Requirements and Standards
    • Clinical Classification Systems
    • Reimbursement Methodologies
  • Health Statistics, Biomedical Research, and Quality Management
    • Healthcare Statistics and Research
    • Quality Management and Performance Improvement
  • Health Services Organization and Delivery
    • Healthcare Delivery Systems
    • Healthcare Privacy, Confidentiality, Legal, and Ethical Issues
  • Information Technology & Systems
    • Information and Communication Technologies
    • Data, Information, and File Structures
    • Data Storage and Retrieval
    • Data Security
    • Healthcare Information Systems
  • Organization and Management
    • Human Resources Management
    • Organization and Management
    • Strategic Planning and Organizational Development
    • Project and Operations Management


The HIM bachelor’s degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM - http://www.cahiim.org/).

The Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam pass rate for the CUNY SPS HIM program for the period of October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 was 100%.

Note: A minimum grade of a C is required in all courses in the Health Information Management major. A student may not progress to the next course in the sequence without having a C in the prerequisite course.

Program Requirements

120 credits are required for the online Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management.

  • General Education - See below
  • Health Information Management Requirements
    • 66 credits from required courses
    • 9 credits from Health Information Management electives
  • Free Electives - 6-12 credits.

Note: The required number of College Options credits and free elective credits each student will be required to take will be dependent upon his/her transfer credit evaluation.

General Education Requirements

General Education 

  • 12 credits Required Core
  • 18 credits Flexible Core
  • 3-12 credits College Option

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Health Information Management