Health information management involves the collection and maintenance of medical information, including patient records, diagnostic, insurance, and financial information. Students in a certificate program explore database management, medical coding, electronic health records, and legal and ethical issues in health information management. The curriculum typically includes an internship and a final capstone project. Most programs include an internship and can be completed in 1-2 years. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and previous coursework in anatomy, physiology, statistics and computers.
Health Information Management Certificate
Curriculum in this program will vary, but the main focus is on the managerial skills and responsibilities of a health information manager, and the compilation and maintenance of health information records. Common courses include:
- Electronic health records
- Healthcare finance
- Healthcare research
- Human resource management
- Database management
- Medical coding and terminology
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical and health services managers held 372,670 jobs in the United States in 2018 (www.bls.gov). Employment is projected to grow by 18% between 2018 and 2028. The median salary for managers in medical and health services in 2018 was $99,730.
Certification and Continuing Education Information
Graduates who hold a post-bachelor's certificate in health information management are eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association's Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination, which results in RHIA certification. Graduates can also pursue a master's degree in health information management.
Health information management certification programs prepare graduates for leadership roles, as they'll gain human resources, accounting, record keeping and database operation skills.