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Health Information Management

Health Information Management Bachelor of Science

The successful graduate holding a baccalaureate degree in health information management possesses the expertise to develop, implement, and/or manage individual, aggregate and public healthcare data collection and reporting systems. These systems ensure the quality, integrity, availability, and preservation of healthcare data in support of patient safety and privacy, as well as the confidentiality and security of health information.  In an e-health environment, these processes and systems are needed to support authorized users and decision makers.

This program is offered at the Grand Rapids Lettinga campus, available both in-seat and online. Students successfully completing this CAHIIM-accredited program are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Davenport University has been identified as having one of the best
bachelor’s in health information management degree programs in the Healthcare Administration Degree Program's Ranking.  The ranking considered tuition, graduation rate, and student to
faculty ratio.

The ranking information can be found here:

HIM Completion

RHIT to RHIA Bachelor's Completion in 1 Year

Our program is designed for current RHIT credentialed professionals to
advance their degree in HIM. Students will gain additional experience
with critical thinking, data analytic skills, communication, applied
research, self-directed learning, leadership and management skills.
This program prepares RHIT credentialed professionals for emerging
key roles in supporting the technological infrastructure for health
services delivery. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for
the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.

Advanced standing for Associate Degree in HIT from CAHIIM accredited school with GPA of 2.5 = 60 credits 

Prior Learning Credits for successful completion of the RHIT exam = 30 credits

Total Davenport University credits to be completed = 33 credits

Minimum credits for graduation = 123 credits


Recommended 1 year course sequence:
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American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

AHIMA Career Map

AHIMA Salary Study

Program Outcomes

Students successfully completing this CAHIIM-accredited program are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Each program completes a yearly Annual Program Assessment Review (APAR) for CAHIIM.  

Outcomes from the most recent program review include:

  • 94% of respondents to an employer survey indicated they are satisfied with graduates of the Davenport University HIM program
  • Graduate Satisfaction 100%
  • Student Satisfaction 6.14 on a scale of 1-7
  • Retention rate as of fall 2018 =72%
  • Job placement rate for 2016-17 academic year = 87.5%
  • Acceptance into graduate programs for 2016-17 academic year graduates = 11.1%

Program or Student/Graduate Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop data content structural standards.

  2. Develop methods for health information protection.

  3. Create health business intelligence.

  4. Develop healthcare compliance methods.

  5. Develop leadership and management strategies utilized in the Health Information Management field.

  6. Evaluate healthcare revenue management policy and procedure.

Admission Requirements

Admission follows Davenport University admission and progression policy as outlines in Undergraduate Catalog.  Student in the College of Health Professions must maintain a 2.0 GPA to continue in a program of study towards a degree.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Policy

All students in the Davenport University College of Health Professions are required to submit to criminal background check and drug screening at the time of declaring a major in the COHP. The results of the Testing , which shall remain confidential, shall be used by the COHP to approve or disapprove of a Student for enrollment or continued enrollment in the COHP, and/or eligibility for training programs, clinical or practicum. The Testing shall be completed by registering for the appropriate course and completing the entire testing process in the course. Each student is responsible for acknowledging and explaining positive Result(s) after completing the process. A student will be dismissed from the COHP if he or she refuses to consent to the Testing. The cost of the Testing is the part of the course fee and is the responsibility of the student. 

Faculty and Staff

Associate Dean/Dept. Chair - HIM & Allied Health:  Linda Sorensen EdD, MPA, RHIA, CHPS

Associate Department Chair, HIM/Allied Graduate and Program Director HIIM master's degree: Jeanne Freeman PhD, RHIA

Associate Department Chair & Program Director HIT and HIM undergraduate: Megan Tober, MBA, RHIA

Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Stacie Kreinbrink, MBA, RHIA

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The HIM baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) at the Davenport University main campus in Grand Rapids, MI.  Contact information:

   233 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 2150
   Chicago, IL 60601
   (312) 233-1183


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