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Chair's Message

Dr. David GibbsWelcome to the Department of Health Information Management at Texas State University. We offer accredited programs for undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers that involve managing health information and applying health information technology. Health Information Management (HIM) is a field that combines an interest in healthcare with elements of computer science, information technology, management, and leadership. The Bureau of Labor Statistics describes the field as one of the fastest growing occupations with competitive salaries and varied employment opportunities.

HIM professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting, and analyzing the data that physicians, nurses, administrators, researchers, and other members of the healthcare team rely on to deliver quality patient care. A degree in HIM prepares students for job roles spanning many categories including health informatics, data analytics, coding and revenue cycle, information governance, and healthcare cybersecurity. HIM professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, consulting service companies, insurance companies, government agencies, and home care providers.

The HIM faculty and staff members at Texas State strive to maintain programs that prepare graduates for today‚Äôs HIM roles and with additional skills needed for emerging opportunities as technology, best practices, and regulations evolve. HIM courses are taught by faculty with a wealth of professional experience supplemented with practitioners actively working in the field.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM) degree is designed to be completed in a 2 + 2 format consisting of two years of general education and prerequisite coursework followed by two years of HIM coursework including professional practice experience assignments at healthcare facilities. The BSHIM degree is available on-campus or entirely online, depending on the needs and preferences of the student.

The Master of Health Information Management (MHIM) degree is offered entirely online with several options available. Students may optionally choose to complete the MHIM with a concentration in Health Informatics & Data Analytics or a concentration in Health Information Security. A thesis option is also available for MHIM students desiring to work with a research mentor.

BSHIM and MHIM programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). This accreditation enables graduates from either the BSHIM or MHIM programs to qualify for and take the national exam for the prestigious Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential from the American Health Information Management Association.

Now is an exciting time in the health information management profession. We are proud of our dynamic curriculum and the accomplishments of our alumni, students, and faculty. Explore our website to learn more contact me if you have additional questions.

 

David Gibbs, PhD
Department Chair and Associate Professor

dgibbs@txstate.edu