Health Informatics and Information Management, BS

Degree

Bachelor of Science

School

Global Health Management and Informatics

OVERVIEW

In the age of technology, managing patient records and databases is central to the effective and efficient delivery of health care. By earning a bachelor’s degree in health informatics and information management from the University of Central Florida, you will position yourself for a career in the heart of the health care industry.

What sets our curriculum apart is that it is designed to present a correlation between classroom theory and practical experience. This means that after learning about business management, systems analysis, medical coding, and computer applications in health care, students will apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world setting. During the final term of their senior year, students gain hands-on experience by interning at an affiliated health care facility, in their final semester. Students who graduate from our program are eligible to apply to sit for the National Registration Examination, administered by the American Health Information Management Association, to qualify as a Registered Health Information Administrator.

The Health Informatics and Information Management (BS) may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

  • Graduation rate in 2019-2020 was 100%.
  • Employment rate within one year of graduation was 86% in 2019-2020.
  • In 2020, 93% of students passed the Certified Coding Associate exam.
  • The program's retention rate was 95% in 2019-2020.
  • The acceptance rate into the limited access phase of the HIIM program was 90.5% in 2019-2020.

ADMISSIONS & ADVISING

The undergraduate health informatics and information management program is an upper-division program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. This program is limited access, which means that acceptance to the university does not constitute admission to the health informatics and information management program. Enrollment in the program is restricted due to the student demand for admission to the major, limited clinical sites and accreditation guidelines. Students who wish to enroll in the program must fill out a separate application to the program prior to March 1 for summer or fall admission and prior to Oct. 1 for spring admission. Interested applicants must complete the following forms:

For more information on the health informatics and information management program, download the printable brochure or view the degree flier to explore your career options. Can’t decide between a degree in health informatics and a degree in health administration? This career guide may help you decide. If you have questions, please contact academic advisor Thea Samocki.

INTERNSHIPS

The Health Informatics and Information Management program is comprehensive, to include a mandatory UCF-affiliated internship experience at the end of the curriculum. The internship experience is designed to provide HIIM students an opportunity to apply classroom learning to real world projects in health care organizations. This is a highly coordinated effort that has resulted in tremendous success for the program, its students and its community partners. Many students have secured full time employment from their internship sites. The School of Global Health Management and Informatics has a dedicated internship director to oversee all internship efforts for the undergraduate HIIM programs. If you have specific questions about the internship program or requirements, please visit the Internship FAQ section or contact Steven Ton.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Students in the health informatics and information management program can apply to following scholarships:

Recipient Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled as full-time or part-time undergraduate student, entering their senior year, in the health informatics and information management program
  • Preference shall be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Must have an overall 2.8 GPA and 3.3 major GPA
  • Must provide a current resume
  • Must provide two (2) letters of reference with one letter of reference from each of the following:
    • Health Information Management faculty member (This letter should emphasize leadership qualities)
    • Any other previous instructor or previous/present employer
    • Must submit 250 word essay commenting on: (1) career path for the next five years, and (2) perception of the future of Health Informatics and Information Management

Required Attachments for Application Submission:

  • Degree Audit
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Recipient Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled as full-time or part-time undergraduate student, entering their senior year, in the health informatics and information management program
  • Must have a minimum overall 2.8 GPA and overall 3.3 HPA in Health Informatics and Information Management course work
  • Preference shall be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Must provide a current resume
  • Must provide two (2) letters of reference and one letter of reference from each of the following:
    • Health Information Management faculty member (This letter should emphasize leadership qualities)
    • This letter should emphasize leadership qualities
    • Any other previous instructor or previous/present employer

Must submit 250 word answer to each of the following questions:

  • Please state your views on the importance of each of the following as it may affect your future in the HIIM profession:
    • Continuing education (formal or informal)
    • Participation in professional organizations (now and in the future)
    • Developing your leadership abilities through job related or other activities
  • What role do you think technology will play in the future development of the health informatics and information management profession?
  • Tell us about your related work/volunteer achievements as they relate to your future career in the health informatics and information management profession.

Required Attachments for Application Submission:

  • Degree Audit
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

 

Check out the AHIMA, FHIMA and CFHIMA websites for more scholarship opportunities.

STUDENT RESOURCES

Printable Brochure
Scholarships
Career Services
CCIE UG Advising

CAHIIM ACCREDITATION

The Health Information Management accreditor of the University of Central Florida is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. The University’s accreditation for the BS degree in Health Informatics and Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2028. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed to:

CAHIIM
200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100 Chicago, IL, 60601
info@cahiim.org
(312)235-3255

CAHIIM is the accrediting organization for degree-granting programs in health informatics and information management. CAHIIM serves the public interest by establishing quality standards for the educational preparation of future health information management professionals. When a program is accredited by CAHIIM, it means that it has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has been determined to meet or exceed the accreditation standards.

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