Our program offers the perfect mix of business and healthcare, and our graduates focus on the use, integrity, availability and privacy of healthcare data.

Health information management and systems (HIMS) professionals are the experts who focus on the use, integrity, availability and privacy of health information to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery and make critical health related decisions for multiple purposes such as finance, law, research, and strategic planning across many types of organizations and disciplines. 

HIMS is a great undergraduate program for students interested in becoming marketable and pursuing a career right after graduation or for those students interested in going directly to graduate or professional school.  

Our Mission and Goals

The mission of the Health Information Management and Systems division is to create the future of health information management practice through education, innovation, research and service.

The mission is governed by the following strategic goals:

  • Provide a curriculum that prepares competent entry-level health information management practitioners for a national marketplace.
  • Recruit and retain a high caliber, diverse student body and challenge them toward success.
  • Maintain a strong relationship with alumni and other health information management professionals in order to achieve excellence in practical experience opportunities and support the growth and development of the program.
  • Provide leadership and service in health information management education, research and service to enhance the growth and development of students as future contributing practitioners.

"The HIMS program at The Ohio State University prepared me for a career in healthcare administration more than I ever could have imagined.  It gave me a strong understanding of the multitude of different areas within the healthcare arena, including operations, finance, reimbursement, quality and leadership.  As a Director of Operations in a large academic medical center, I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to understand the business side of healthcare and move up the career ladder.  The greatest asset of this program is the opportunity available to students.  Whether you are looking to attend graduate school, move into consulting, or focus on a career within a hospital/physician setting, this program will develop your skills to prepare you for your next step in your career path." - Matt, HIMS Class of 2012

Baccalaureate Program Outcomes

  • 100% of students successfully completed the HIMS program and graduated in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. (One student did not complete the program in the Class of 2013.)
  • 100% of graduates from The Ohio State University HIMS program passed the RHIA exam in 2012 and 2013, and the pass rate for students who exercised the early test option among 2014 graduates was 100%. 100% of students who graduated in 2015 and 2016 sat for and passed the RHIA exam.
  • Thirty seniors graduated in May 2016. 100% of the seniors took the RHIA exam prior to graduation per the early testing option in 2016, with a 100% pass rate.

Program Accreditation


The Ohio State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 
The Health Information Management and Systems (HIMS) academic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). 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 (HIM) 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. 

Gainful Employment Disclosure

The Federal Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for “programs that prepare students for gainful employment in recognized occupations.” 
  • Program Level: Post baccalaureate certificate
  • Program Length - 2 years
  • Tuition and fees: $20,870
  • Books and supplies: $1,505
  • On-campus room & board: $23,152
  • For further cost information, see Program Costs and Scholarships 
  • Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is not shown because there were fewer than 10 graduates in this program. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of graduates.
  • The program is designed to take 2 years to complete. We cannot display the percentage of students in 2014-2015 who finished in 2 years  because there were fewer than 10 graduates in this program. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • The job placement rate for students who completed this program is not disclosed because OSU is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

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