Top Degree Programs in Health Information Science - Seattle, WA

School and Ranking Information

Health information science and related studies can be found at a few 4-year schools in and within ten miles of Seattle. Based on school type, student enrollment and school rankings, the following university can be considered a top school in Seattle for studies relating to heath information science:

  • Winner: The University of Washington - Seattle Campus is located in downtown Seattle and is the largest area institution that provides programs in health information science; it is also the only school awarding a graduate degree in this field of study. Students can earn a post-baccalaureate certificate, bachelor's degree or master's degree in health informatics and health information management.

School Info Chart

Category University of Washington - Seattle Campus
Ranking #48 among Best National Universities (2015)*
Location Seattle, Washington
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $12,397 (in-state); $31,971 (out-of-state)**
Health Information Science Levels Offered Certificate, bachelor's and master's
Health Information Science Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 24**
Most Popular Health Information Science Degree in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (24 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 82%**
Noteworthy School of Public Health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health; Health informatics and health information management program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator

The University of Washington - Seattle Campus

  • Programs integrate classroom learning with hands-on field experiences in clinical settings
  • Graduates qualified to sit for the American Health Information Management Association's Registered Health Information Administrator examination
  • School of Public Health partners with, among others, Seattle Children's Hospital, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Established in 1861, the University of Washington (UW) has campuses in Bothell and Tacoma in addition to its main campus in Seattle. UW's School of Public Health is home to the health informatics and health information management (HIHIM) degree programs.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Health Information Management program offers a multidisciplinary curriculum, drawing from courses in information technology, informatics, health sciences, law and finance. In addition to taking classes that cover general data systems, students develop the technical skills in the electronic delivery and archiving of documents that many health institutions use. Students can also elect to take a post-bachelor's certificate in Health Informatics and Health Information Management, which can be completed in 1-2 years and consists of many of the same courses found in the 4-year program.

The 21-month non-thesis Master of Science in Health Informatics and Health Information Management program combines classroom instruction with weekly webinars and teleconferences. Course topics include epidemiology, health policy, clinical systems management, health data analysis and healthcare administration. A capstone project must also be completed.

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