Called to Serve Patient Care Through Better Information
Gone are the days when hospitals and health care organizations processed and stored physical patient medical records. The health care industry is now digital, and it needs professionals with the skills and expertise to manage, analyze and protect this important data.
Health information management has become the language of health care as the industry has become more reliant on technology and electronic data. This degree will equip you with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to be effective wherever health care data is being collected, stored and retrieved.Lakesha Kinnerson, assistant professor, Department of Health Informatics and Information Management
At Samford, you will learn to utilize the latest health information technologies while focusing on the evolving role of health information management—a discipline whose ultimate purpose is to improve patient outcomes while reducing health care costs. The knowledge students gain in the classroom will be paired with hands-on experience that prepares them for lasting careers.
Objectives and Curriculum
In response to the increasing demand for health information management professionals, Samford’s School of Public Health launched the health information management major with the goal of preparing graduates to be the critical link among health care providers, payers and patients by managing patient health information, administering computer information systems and collecting and analyzing patient data.
Students will graduate with the knowledge, skills and experience to:
- Oversee patient health information and medical records, administer computer information systems, collect and analyze patient data, and use classification systems and medical terminology
- Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements and standards related to health care delivery and the privacy of protected patient information
- Manage people and operational units, participate in administrative committees, and prepare budgets
- Interact with all levels of an organization—clinical, financial, administrative, and information systems—that employ patient data in decision making and everyday operations
- Utilize health information technology for decision support, knowledge management, strategic planning and outcomes assessment
Is this Program for Me?
Health information management is a good fit for students who are detail oriented, embrace technology, and are highly motivated to think outside the box to solve the challenge in front of them. Careers in health information management combine the world of computer science and information management with the booming health care industry, paving a pathway for graduates to use their knowledge and skills to care for patients beyond the bedside.
What Makes Us Different?
Currently, few universities offer a bachelor’s degree in health information management, despite the growing need for its graduates.
Samford’s health information management major utilizes the expertise of all disciplines within the School of Public Health, including healthcare administration and public health. This collaborative nature provides a diversity of discussion, faculty expertise and resources.
In addition, the School of Public Health is one of four schools that comprise Samford’s College of Health Sciences, and through interprofessional education, students are empowered to learn alongside their peers in a variety of programs. This commitment reflects today's team-based approach to patient care, and ensures that students learn about, from and with the individuals who will one day be their colleagues.
Samford’s Christian mission encourages students to consider the needs of the whole person—mind, body and spirit—in the work they do and accomplish. In the field of health informatics, this mindset elevates the need for professionals with strong ethical principles who values integrity, quality and security.
Samford’s health information management major prepares students to sit for various health care certification exams following graduation. These certifications range from health care quality to health care information management and systems.
In the final year of the program, students are required to complete a professional practice experience, or internship, with an organization relating to the field of health informatics management. Sites will include hospitals, private practices, long-term care facilities, public health departments and more.
Graduates are prepared for diverse career opportunities that exist in multiple settings throughout the health care industry, including hospitals, long-term care, multispecialty clinics and private practices, mental health and other ambulatory care settings. These roles include titles like:
- Electronic health systems manager
- Healthcare data analyst
- Quality improvement analyst
- Data quality manager
- Health systems analyst
- Revenue cycle coordinator
But the profession has seen significant growth in non-patient care settings, including:
- Managed care and insurance companies
- Software vendors
- Consulting services
- Government agencies
- Pharmaceutical companies