Health Information Management

Dakota State University (DSU) has been offering degrees in health information management (HIM) since 1975. We started with an associate's degree in medical record technology and have evolved to providing an associate's degree in health information technology (HIT), a bachelor's degree in health information administration (HIA), a certificate in healthcare coding, and a minor in Health Information Management. We also offer a specialization within the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degreeas well as a Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) degree that was started in 2009. In 2010, a program of short-term health information technology training was developed.

DSU has made these educational opportunities available via distance delivery. It is possible for students to obtain these degrees and/or certificate without traveling to the DSU campus through the use of distance courses offered by DSU and the other South Dakota state universities. The HIM-specific courses are available only from DSU.

Is Health Information Management right for you?

A career in Health Information Management is right for you if you:

  • want to work in health care, but not directly with patients.
  • have an inclination toward science, but also like computers, management, and law.
  • like to work with professionals: physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators.
  • desire a career with a diverse variety of career opportunities.
  • seek a field with an excellent outlook for future positions.
  • wish a career where you can choose to either work on your own, with others or some of both.

The field of Health Information Management (HIM) combines the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law. Because of this unique mixture, HIM graduates can select a variety of work settings with varying responsibilities. The opportunities for the health information graduates may be expanded or reduced in scope depending on the size, characteristics, and needs of the enterprise. They can be practiced in all types of healthcare provider organizations. In addition, HIM professionals are increasingly branching out into nontraditional healthcare settings. A recent survey of the professional organization membership revealed that jobs are found in managed care, home health, ambulatory care, government/public health, single and multi-hospital systems, vendor, corrections, insurance, hospice, law firm, educational, long term care, and rehabilitation settings, as well as others. HIM is further described at the New WindowHealth Professions Network (HPN) website.

Graduates of the Health Information Management programs are entering an exciting, growing field of employment. More information is available at the New WindowAmerican Health Information Management Association website and from theNew Window Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau).


It's the Information Age!

HIM career opportunities continue to grow. Nationally the demand for health information managers exceed the number of qualified professionals. In addition, the healthcare information specialist position has been listed in the Annual Career Guide from U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Jobs for the Future. Health Information Management has also been cited as one of the best career choices for women by three national magazines, Working Women, U.S. News and World Reports, and Essence.

As an HIM graduate of Dakota State University, you will have excellent career opportunities. The HIM program has a superior reputation locally and nationally. The students from the DSU HIM Programs have been very successful. The placement rates have been 100% in several years, with students in a wide range of positions. Some of the jobs have been in hospitals, clinic and medical offices, long term care facilities, software companies, insurance companies, and consulting companies.

Last Updated: 1/17/13