Health Information Systems Technology

Join one of the fastest growing professions in the United States!

A career in health information combines knowledge and skills from the disciplines of medicine, information management, business applications and computer technology. Health information management is ranked as number four on US News and World Report's list of nine hot college majors.

  • The healthcare industry generally offers secure employment with plentiful advancement opportunities.
  • Health information systems focuses on the management of health care data. 
  • Health information professionals work in a variety of settings and have many different job titles. 
  • A career in health information combines the knowledge and skills from the disciplines of medicine, information management, business applications and computer technology.

Curriculum

All of your coursework is completed online and incorporates clinical experience, information technology and management training. Our students are given the necessary skills to process, maintain, analyze and report health information according to the accreditation and certification standards for reimbursement, care management, quality assurance and research. Learn more about by downloading our complete curriculum plan (PDF).

 

Path to Certification

Students enrolled in our associate degree in Health Information Systems Technology (HIS) program sit for the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam, offered by American Health Information Management Association, in their final course, HCMT2030C HIT Professional Practicum. Successfully passing the RHIT Exam is key to obtaining employment in the health information field. A major goal of our HIS Program is for our students to graduate with their RHIT credentials already in hand. Note that students are not prevented from graduating if they are not successful in passing the RHIT Exam, and they are able to retake the exam.

Students enrolled in the HIS Program also sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) coding credential in the Advanced Coding Applications course, HCMT2025C. Again, a major goal of our program is to assist students with obtaining national credentials that validate competency and strengthen the marketability of our graduates.

Our coursework is all online and incorporates clinical experience, information technology and management training. Our students graduate with all the necessary skills to process, maintain, analyze and report health information while meeting the accreditation and certification standards for reimbursement, care management, quality assurance and research.

Not ready to start your associate degree or looking to become a medical coder? Upon completion of our Medical Biller/Coder certificate, you can sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential offered by the American Academy for Professional Coders (AAPC). A national coding credential is imperative for obtaining employment in the field of medical coding.

 

Transfer and Transition

The University of Cincinnati offers a seamless approach to your career in Health Information Management.  The credits you earn in the Medical Biller/Coder Certificate apply toward our Associate Degree in Health Information Systems Technology. You can then go on to earn your Bachelor Degree in Health Information Management at the University of Cincinnati by completing two years of online courses. Interested in earning a Master's Degree?  Earn the Online Master's in Health Informatics at UC.