Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline: June 17, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline Extension: July 8, 2024

Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow in any healthcare provider organization from large hospital systems to the private physician practice. They are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records.

HIM professionals play a vital role in modern healthcare, acting as guardians of patient information and facilitators of efficient care. They meticulously manage both traditional and digital medical records, ensuring accuracy, security, and accessibility for all authorized users. Their expertise in coding, data governance, and technology helps optimize information flow and bridge the gap between clinical, operational, and administrative functions. Ultimately, HIMs empower physicians, patients, and other healthcare professionals with readily available, accurate data, contributing to improved care coordination, quality, and overall patient outcomes (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2023).

The BS in Health Information Management online degree program provides students with the most relevant coursework needed and required by today’s health care industry. Students are equipped to develop, implement, and manage health information and data systems for quality care, reimbursement, research, planning, and evaluation.

Students will develop and demonstrate competency in the five primary knowledge domains:

  1. Health Data Management
  2. Health Statistics, Biomedical Research, and Quality Management
  3. Health Services Organization and Delivery
  4. Information Technology and Systems
  5. Organization and Management

Career and Academic Prospects

Health information professionals at all levels of education and credentialing can expect to be in high demand as the health sector continues to expand. Employment of HIM professionals is projected to grow 16 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2023).

Beyond strong job prospects, HIM careers boast competitive salaries that rise sharply with experience and specialization. Starting pay often falls within the $30,000-$60,000 range, but can quickly climb to $50,000-$90,000 within five years. Specialization or leadership roles can unlock even higher salaries, making HIM a financially secure and rewarding career path with excellent growth potential. While individual figures may vary, the trend is clear: HIM offers a promising future for those seeking a fulfilling career with strong earning potential (PayScale, 2024).

Graduates of the BS in Health Information Management degree are prepared for a variety of health information professions in traditional and non-traditional settings, including (but not limited to) health information analyst, information auditor, clinical data analyst, privacy officer, compliance specialist, health information systems trainer, and information systems director. The program also prepares students for graduate education at the master's level in health information management, health informatics, and healthcare administration.

Careers in Health Information provides a detailed look at career potential in the health information sector.  Additionally, the AHIMA Career Map has job data, salary information, promotional pathways, titles of positions, and the emerging roles most likely to be found in the field of health information management. 


CAHIIM seal of accreditation

The Health Information Management accreditor of the CUNY School of Professional Studies is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2033-2034. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at

Program Outcomes

The reporting period for these outcomes is Aug. 1, 2022-July 31, 2023.

  • 91% of graduates responding to the annual BS in HIM graduate survey are employed within one year of graduation
  • 64% of students complete the BS in HIM program in the normal calculated average completion time
  • 93% of graduates responding to the annual BS in HIM graduate survey are acknowledged that their overall academic experience met their expectations
  • 46.2% of our 2023 graduates continued their studies towards a graduate degree

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are formal agreements between CUNY School of Professional Studies, (CUNY SPS) and two-year colleges and universities, allowing students to transfer the maximum number of credits with ease to our BS in Health Information Management program from institutions with which we have an established transfer process in place.

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Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess at least 24 transferrable credits from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants need to demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing, and math.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline: June 17, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Regular Deadline Extension: July 8, 2024
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Student/Alumni Profiles

Tracey Pinelli

BS in Health Information Management 2023

"It has always been a dream of mine to be a registered health information administrator and this program, and its flexibility, allowed me to reach my goal."

Katherine De Luca

BS in Health Information Management 2023

"My studies and my time at CUNY SPS gave me a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment I’m not sure I could’ve gotten anywhere else.

Natanya Dewar

BS in Health Information Management 2018

"I have been very successful professionally as a result of graduating from CUNY SPS. So much so, I came back and now work for the program I graduated from.”

Finny Beulah

BS in Health Information Management 2019

"Learning is a process that continues with no age restrictions and serves as a lifetime experience with enormous opportunities. "

Recent News About Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

The Need for Health Information Managements

April 24, 2024


During Health Information Professionals Week (April 15–19), CUNY SPS featured a Q&A with Memory Ndanga, academic director of the CUNY SPS Health Information Management and Health Services Administration programs. Dr. Ndanga offered a look at the School’s Health Information Management BS and MS programs. 2024 Best Online Degree Programs Badge Honors CUNY SPS with Seven Top Awards

January 05, 2024

The School's nursing, psychology, sociology, and health information management programs are among those recognized by the higher education resource guide.

Teaching Science Online Worldwide

June 26, 2023

International Higher Education Teaching & Learning Association

Dr. James W. Brown, a science educator and adjunct faculty member in the CUNY SPS health information management program, presented at the 2023 International Higher Education Teaching & Learning Association conference in Scotland. His talk, "Teaching Science Online Worldwide," explored how online science courses can help re-invent the science experience.
CUNY SPS ACE Scholars Intisar Alwahaib and Kate De Luca

Meet Our Ace Scholars Part II

March 09, 2023


The ACE (Achieve Your College Education) Scholarship is a unique program at CUNY SPS offered to high-achieving undergraduate students who are close to graduating. Endowed by the generous support of founding donor Alan Fishman, the scholarship underwrites 100% of tuition and follows recipients through degree completion. Kate De Luca, (Health Information Management, BS ‘23), and Intisar Alwahaib (Psychology BA ’24). share their experience with the program.