The health information field is changing—and right now, you have a tremendous opportunity to both advance your career and lead the way in this fast-growing segment of healthcare.

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Lead and Succeed in the New Age of HIMT

The implementation of healthcare reform and advances in technology are dramatically changing the roles and educational requirements of health information professionals. Traditional HIM skills are no longer enough.  That’s why we created the University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT).

This 60-credit online degree completion program is one of the only programs that teaches essential skills in both health information management (HIM) and health information technology (HIT)—providing the new HIMT skills you need to succeed in today’s ever more technology-focused healthcare environments.

Learn Tomorrow’s Critical HIMT Skills Today

The next ten years will see great demand for health information professionals who understand not only the management, coding, and transfer of electronic health data, but also how to build and use the software and systems needed to manage, retrieve, and analyze data to improve patient care. With this in mind, we have revolutionized the traditional HIM curriculum by adding a strong technology focus that will prepare you to qualify for emerging jobs.

Frank Waterstraat

Program Manager Frank Waterstraat, Ph.D., explains how the health information management field is changing, and what that means for HIM professionals.

In the past, HIM students needed to get a second degree or a minor in information systems to acquire the health information knowledge competencies taught in this program.

—Program Manager
Frank Waterstraat, Ph.D.

Why Choose This Program?

A partnership between UW-Extension and four University of Wisconsin campuses—UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside, and UW-Stevens Point, with additional instruction offered by UW-La Crosse—this online degree program is a smart choice for busy adult learners who want to advance their careers while balancing work, family, and other commitments.

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Earn a Degree That’s in Demand

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked health informatics and information management as one of the top nine new majors in the country, stating that "the need is huge for professionals who can help acquire, manage, and use information to improve health and manage payments."

Wanted: Highly Skilled HIM Professionals

Employment opportunities for health information professionals with the required knowledge and technical skills are expected to increase by 21 percent between 2010 and 2020, far outpacing the average for all other occupations.

Discover Dynamic Career Opportunities

A UW Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology can be the foundation for a variety of positions, including:

  • HIM department manager
  • Health data quality manager
  • Health data coder/analyst
  • Health data statistician
  • Clinical data manager
  • EHR privacy and security coordinator
  • Electronic health records (EHR) project manager
  • Compliance coordinator

Enjoy the Flexibility of Online Courses

  • No on-campus meetings or requirements
  • Study and do homework when and where you like
  • Take advantage of on-campus resources such as advising, career assistance, and libraries

“This is a great, forward-looking program. Health informatics is new. It’s the future of health information management. The HIMT program is preparing me for that future, ensuring I’ll be well positioned for success.”

—Gregina Deacon, Student,
Kenosha, Wis.

Choose Your Focus, Choose Your Career Path

Unlike other HIM programs, this degree features both HIM and HIT tracks of study:

  • Health Information Management

    The Health Information Management track is ideal for those interested in managing health information operations and personnel as well as clinical data to improve patient care; and for those who intend to sit for the Registered Health Information Management certification examination.

  • Health Information Technology

    The Health Information Technology track focuses on information systems implementation and operations as well as health data analysis, providing the skills you need to manage the clinical IT systems used to capture, analyze, and report the data.

Learn from Exceptional Faculty

A collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Extension and four UW System campuses, this unique degree program is led by diverse and distinguished faculty from across the UW System. No matter which campus you choose as your "home" campus, you will graduate from a University of Wisconsin institution with a world-class academic reputation. View our faculty biographies.

Achieve Your Goals with a University of Wisconsin Education

Where you get your degree is important. The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest and most widely respected organizations in the country for delivering public higher education. Our online HIMT courses are created by the same faculty using the same rigorous content and standards as their on-campus counterparts. That means you'll graduate with the same recognized and respected UW degree as students who attend class on campus.

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Find out how the University of Wisconsin online HIMT degree can help you become a leader in the next generation of health information management!

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