The University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) from UW-Parkside is one of the only online degree programs that teaches essential skills in both health information management (HIM) and health information technology (HIT)—providing the skill set you need to succeed in today’s technology-focused healthcare environments.
Why Choose the UW HIMT Program?
The health information field is changing—and right now, you have a tremendous opportunity to advance your career and lead the way in this fast-growing segment of healthcare.
Pick Your Track of Study
As a student, you’ll take core courses covering both health information management and technology. Then, you’ll choose to specialize in health information management (HIM) or health information technology (HIT). As a HIM student, you’ll learn about human resource management, leadership, and strategic planning. As a HIT student, you’ll gain skills in programming, data security, and IT.
Qualify for Industry Credentials
The UW HIMT program is CAHIIM accredited, which means upon completing your degree, you’re qualified to sit for industry credentialing exams like the RHIA to become a registered health information administrator. CAHIIM accreditation is your assurance that our program meets the rigorous academic quality and competency standards established by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Benefit from Flexible Online Learning
Course content is accessible online from any device. Watch lectures, participate in online forums with classmates, and do homework whenever it’s convenient for you. You’ll receive personal attention from your instructors as they deliver lessons, direct you through activities, and answer your questions. Students often say the online format is a big factor in their ability to earn a degree.
Earn a Recognized and Respected UW Degree
Where you get your degree is important. The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest and most widely respected public higher education institutions in the country. Our online HIMT courses are created and taught by the same faculty as their face-to-face counterparts—using the same rigorous content and standards. That means you’ll graduate with the same recognized and respected UW degree as students who attend class on campus.
I am incredibly happy to be where I am today. My role at UW Health is the best combination of all of my educational studies, and the UW HIMT degree really helped get me here.
— Theresa Balinghasay, UW HIMT graduate
My University of Wisconsin HIMT degree prepared me for working in many different areas of the HIMT field. That’s why this degree is so sought-after by employers. And because my degree is so comprehensive, I was able to apply and be considered for a wide range of jobs…I feel very lucky to have so many career opportunities.
— Katie Eichman, UW HIMT graduate
A clinician can bring in his or her medical background. But, I believe I can bring in that extra health information approach to the top to be able to make changes in the healthcare system that makes our world better.
— Justin Rathkamp, UW HIMT graduate
Even though HIMT courses are online, I never felt “out of touch” with the professors. Several times during the week, [the professor] and I met via video conferencing. His explanations helped me gain a better understanding of the course material.
— Glenora Howard, UW HIMT graduate
I hosted UW HIMT students for their capstone experiences and was always really impressed. I not only noticed that these students were very eager to learn, but also that they came well-prepared with relevant skills for my workplace
— Betty Rockendorf, UW HIMT instructor and program director
This degree prepares you for a variety of health information roles. From health information management to the IT department to billing…every department is influenced by healthcare records today.
— Krista Reinart, UW HIMT graduate
Discover Dynamic Career Opportunities
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for medical records and health information specialists are expected to increase nine percent between 2020 and 2030, while medical and health services manager jobs are expected to increase 32 percent. Combined, the BLS predicts nearly 75,000 job openings in related occupations each year over the decade.
Graduates of the UW Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology have gone on to hold positions such as:
- Health information management analyst
- Supervisory health system specialist
- Health information management supervisor
- Director of analytics
- Release of information clerk
- Electronic eligibility specialist
- Coding specialist
- Director of practice management
- Health information systems technician
- Data management and analytic specialist
- Research billing analyst
- Medical staff services specialist
- Clinical documentation improvement specialist
- Data analyst
Benefit from UW Campus Collaboration
The UW Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology degree is a collaboration between UW Extended Campus and UW campuses, giving you access to top talent and the collective resources of the UW System. You will take online courses taught by esteemed faculty from all UW partner campuses, each contributing diverse expertise from fields including nursing, public health, information systems, biology, economics, and computer science.