Health Informatics and Information Management, B.S.

Degree: Bachelor of Science

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 summer term of their senior year, students gain hands-on experience by interning at an affiliated health care facility in the state of Florida. After completing the management affiliation, students return to campus to complete their required courses.

Students who graduate from our program are eligible to apply to write the National Registration Examination, administered by the American Health Information Management Association, to qualify as a Registered Health Information Administrator.

Admissions & Advising
Internships
Scholarships

The undergraduate health informatics and information management program at the University of Central Florida 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 fill out the following forms:

 

For more information on the health informatics and information management program, download the printable brochure or view the HIIM degree flier to find out what your career options are. 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 HIIM academic advisor Thea Reyes at TheaMarie.Reyes@ucf.edu or 407-823-2236.

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 at real 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 Department of Health Management and Informatics has a dedicated internship director to oversee all internship efforts for the undergraduate HIIM and graduate healthcare informatics programs. If you have specific questions about the internship program or requirements that aren’t addressed here, please visit our HIIM Internship FAQ section or contact the B.S.HIIM/M.S.HCI internship director, Steven Ton, MSHCI.

Prerequisites

The internship course is HIM 4838: Management Affiliation, and has the following requirements:

 

  • Student to be in good standing
  • Student has successfully completed Professional Practice Experience (PPE1 and PPE2)
  • Student has successfully completed all requirements in the Internship Orientation course, HIM 4998 (conduct one semester prior to the actual internship course).

Securing an Internship

Before signing up for an internship, you must complete an online internship orientation course that is offered in the semester prior to the internship course. During orientation, you will receive an affiliation list with contact information for the various internship locations. Once you have chosen the organizations for which you would like to intern, you must follow these steps to secure an internship:

 

  • Review opportunities provided by your internship director
  • Review organizations listed on the affiliation list
  • Coordinate with your internship director regarding applications
  • Set up an interview
  • Interview with the organization
  • Secure the internship
  • Submit all required forms to Canvas for approval

Once you have secured an internship, you will be able to enroll in the internship course.

Internship Requirements

The following are required components of the internship course: HIM 4838 Management Affiliation

 

  • Provide exception internship service to your internship site for at least 160 hours
  • Complete your portion of a “work product,” or final project, for the organization
  • The course portion of the internship (e.g., all forms, deliverables, class presentations)
  • Submit student and preceptor evaluations and all other required internship forms

Betty W. Kernodle Memorial Scholarship

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

Carol J. Barr Endowed Scholarship

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
    • 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.

Where Can I Get a Job?

Health informatics and information management graduates find employment in a variety of work settings, including health care organizations, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance companies, information technology vendors and pharmaceutical companies.

Possible job titles:

  • Medical records manager
  • Privacy officer
  • Risk manager
  • Medical coding manager
  • Corporate compliance officer
  • Data analysis and reporting manager
  • Health information manager
  • Research associate
  • Product analyst

CAHIIM Accreditation

The health informatics and information management B.S. degree program at the University of Central Florida is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. 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.

Program outcomes:

  • Graduates’ pass rate on the Registered Health Information Administrator exam consistently exceeds the national average.
  • Over 80% of students in the UCF HIIM program who exercised the early test option in 2017 passed the RHIA exam.
  • In 2018, 89% of HIIM students passed the Certified Coding Associate exam.
  • The HIIM program had a 98% retention rate in 2017 and 2018.

Faculty

Alice Noblin, Ph.D., RHIA, CCS

Associate Professor and Health Informatics and Information Management Program Director

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Olga Lucia Russell

Instructor

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Amanda Walden, M.S.H.S.A, RHIA, CHDA

Associate Instructor

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