Health Information Management

Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Information Management

People often associate careers in healthcare with those that provide direct patient care. As such, the area of information management is sometimes overlooked despite its increasing importance in the digital era. The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) degree program at Northwestern College in Chicago builds off our Health Information Technology AAS degree in order to prepare students to step into the vital role of analyzing, managing, and securing data in the modern medical system.

Health Information Management: What It Is and What They Do

Health information management professionals take on advanced data management roles throughout hospitals, nursing homes, medical group practices, clinics, home health agencies, ambulatory care practices, public health organizations, and more. Wherever they work, they’re often in charge of:

  • Analyzing and protecting digital and traditional medical information
  • Overseeing information governance and the integrity and privacy of data across the organization
  • Designing and implementing processes to ensure that medical information is document accurately and completely
  • Working with patient-forward healthcare teams to improve the quality of information recorded
  • Knowing and staying in compliance with laws and regulations regarding patient data privacy
  • Analyzing clinical data to help inform best practices across the enterprise

While some health information managers may work independently, many others will manage teams of healthcare professionals, like medical coders, transcriptionists, administrative staff, and so on. In cases like that, health information management professionals are in charge of not just the data, but the other people handling the data and make sure they do so with a critical eye.

Health Information Management Education and Certification

This Health Information Management program is uniquely designed for those who have already gotten their start in the area of health information technology and want to further their career by taking on a leadership role in the field. At Northwestern College, we prepare students for entry-level management positions by focusing on the skills and techniques essential to managing employees and departments responsible for ensuring an accurate and complete medical record with cost-effective methods. We combine both the technical and informatics side of the field with the critical thinking, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills that make someone management material. Students can feel comfortable knowing that they will graduate armed with the competencies to handle everything from patient and physician interaction to the analysis, security, and integration of health information and its use in healthcare facilities, third-party organizations, and government agencies.


Those who complete the HIM bachelor’s degree program are eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association’s Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA®) exam during the timeframe of July 1, 2017 through 2021 under the following conditions:

  • Have at least a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Received the RHIT credential on or before August 31, 2018
  • Have complied with Standards for Maintenance of the RHIT credential

Health Information Management Classes at Northwestern College

With the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree, we’ve built a fully online, accessible program designed to take what you learned in your associate degree to the next level. Graduates can step into the workforce confident in their ability to do things like evaluate staffing levels and productivity; utilize management techniques; apply business and accounting fundamentals; understand risk management, compliance, and other legal concepts relevant to healthcare organizations; define various database architecture models; develop organizational policies and procedures; and more.

In order to be admitted to the HIM baccalaureate degree program, students must have completed a CAHIIM accredited associate degree HIT program. Health information management courses in this program include:

  • Healthcare Communications 
  • Healthcare Human Resources & Leadership Theory 
  • Reimbursement Systems Survey
  • Biomedical Research Support & Ethics
  • Healthcare Financial Administration I and II
  • Coding Classifications Systems Theory 
  • Risk Management and Compliance in Healthcare 
  • Information Governance 
  • Regulatory Reporting
  • Database Architecture & Queries 
  • Health Systems Networks & Database Security I and II
  • Health Information Networks & Data Mining 
  • Senior Capstone
  • RHIA Exam Review  

Additional general education courses are required in our HIM bachelor’s degree program, including:

  • College Algebra
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Technical and Professional Writing
  • Developmental Psychology 
  • Statistics

For the full curriculum, visit our College Catalog.

The Outlook for Health Information Management Jobs

A large, aging population and many more people remaining active later in life means a major increase in demand for healthcare. Which means a greater need for doctors, nurses, medical services and facilities. And that, in turn, means a greater need for health services managers, like health information managers, to organize, train, and guide healthcare teams. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the employment of medical and health services managers will grow 32% through 2029 — that’s eight times the average for all other occupations. In short, the demand for people trained to handle electronic health records, health information technology, and similar systems is expected to skyrocket.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Acquire the requisite professional knowledge, skills and competencies fundamental to the health information management profession
  • Gain self-directed learning skills using a variety of resources and technologies
  • Develop critical thinking skills and the ability to solve problems
  • Learn effective communication skills
  • Demonstrate the personal attitudes and attributes critical to professional leadership

Accreditations and Approvals

Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 263-0456,

We are also approved for veterans training under the G.I.® Bill for Veterans Educational Assistance. 

On top of that, we are proud to support our students with things like financial aid assistance and job search assistance.

Discover Chicago Health Information Management Programs Today

It’s time to take your career to the next level and become a part of an exciting, rapidly evolving industry. Push yourself, your opportunities, and your future further by contacting Northwestern College today about our Health Information Management degree program.