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2018-2019 Catalog and Handbook 
2018-2019 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

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Academic Director: Ellen Karl, MBA, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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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).

CAHIIM seal of accreditation

The following metrics are reported for the period of August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017:

  • 80% of the first time test takers passed the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam compared to the national pass rate of 69%.
  • 88% of the students surveyed indicated that they strongly or generally agree that the program met their expectations.
  • 95% of the students are employed in HIM or a health-related field.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess at least 24 transferrable credits from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants need to demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing, and math.

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

Note: The curriculum below has been revised, effective Spring 2019. To view the curriculum requirements for Fall 2018, click here.   

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

  • General Education - See below
  • Health Information Management Requirements
  • Free Electives - 12-18 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
  • 6-12 credits College Option

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