Health Information Management

  • The field of Health Information Management (HIM) is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, a career choice at the exciting intersection of health care, law, management and information technology. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of health information technicians and administrators will increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the national average. 

    New Jersey City University, in partnership with Rutgers School of Health Related Professions (SHRP), is poised to support the workforce of the future through its joint Bachelor of Science degree program in Health Information Management.

    The Profession

    The Health Information Manager is a member of the health care team and is the professional responsible for management of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements.  Health information professionals collect, analyze and utilize data to provide information critical to the health care industry.  A Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) collects many kinds of data from a variety of sources, monitors the integrity of the information, ensures appropriate access to health records and manages the analysis and use of this data.

    Traditionally, Health Information professionals have been employed as department managers in hospital centers.  In this position, the major areas of responsibility include: determining health information policies; planning; budgeting; acting as a liaison with other departments; evaluating employee performance; educating departmental staff, medical staff and ancillary departments to assure quality information; and serving on important committees such as quality management and utilization review.  

    Career opportunities in health information now extend well beyond the health information department and the acute care facility.  Professionals with technical expertise, problem solving skills, knowledge of clinical medicine and superior communication skills are needed to ensure quality health care documentation, protecting patient confidentiality and develop and maintain the electronic health record.   The need for accurate and up-to-date health records is not confined to health care facilities.  RHIAs are employed by managed care organizations, insurance companies, law firms, universities, physician offices, consulting firms, software companies and the pharmaceutical industry.

    HIM Program General Description

    General Education Requirement for the HIM program include 68 credits of courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, Health, Concentration Courses, and free electives to be completed at New Jersey City University. Please visit the curriculum page for more details. Undergraduates must complete the core and breadth courses prior to continuing HIM study at Rutgers.

    The professional component at Rutgers-School of Health Related Professions includes didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences. Major course requirements include 61 credits in Health Information Management courses to be completed at Rutgers.  No more than one half of the major courses may be transferred into the HIM Program.  Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 and a major course GPA of 2.75 to remain in the program.

    Please visit the Rutgers HIM page for course descriptions, admissions requirements and further information about our joint Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program.