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Health Informatics and Information Management, BS

Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) professionals have a direct and valuable impact on patients without being in the physical clinic. They ensure that vital health information is complete, accurate and protected – and that it is used to effectively promote optimal patient outcomes.

Our program prepares qualified professionals who are committed to improving health and transforming healthcare and who demonstrate respect, excellence, leadership and integrity. You will receive training in distinct but complementary areas: informatics; data analytics; privacy, risk and compliance; data quality; revenue cycle management; and more.

You will also be trained in the operations and workflow of a variety of healthcare organizations, from large healthcare systems to physician practices of all sizes, from health centers and clinics to skilled and long-term care facilities.

Your Degree Plan


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Do you enjoy business, law, technology and science? HIIM operates at the intersection of these fields to ensure that patients’ vital health information is secure.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

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The WVU Difference

What sets this program apart from its competitors?

  • WVU HIIM is the only BS program of its kind in West Virginia.
  • All HIIM courses are offered via HyFlex, giving each student the opportunity to decide each day how to participate in class – face-to-face, online during class time or via recording for viewing later.
  • Typically, students complete 400 hours of professional practice experience (PPE) over the four-year program, which ensures they graduate well-prepared to transition directly into the workforce.
  • Non-traditional students who already have significant experience in the workforce or who hold certification relevant to HIIM can submit a professional portfolio which, after review, may reduce the total number of PPE hours needed.
  • Students benefit from the program’s close relationship with the WVU Medicine system, with many completing PPE hours and eventually launching their post-baccalaureate careers within the system.
  • As part of the WVU Health Sciences Center, you'll enjoy invaluable opportunities for learning how to partner effectively with nursing, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, public health and allied health professionals-in-training.

Over 92% of WVU freshmen receive grants or scholarships (2022-2023).

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Learn by Doing

Learning happens outside the classroom. Get involved.

  • Our students experience state-of-the-art healthcare applications currently in use in the working world by learning on the internet-based V-Lab, developed by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). You will gain résumé-worthy experience in master patient indexes, electronic health records, encoders and more.
  • Through the required capstone course and multiple professional practice experience courses, you can customize research and workplace experiences that align with your long-term academic and career goals.

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills. Projects in WVU's Health Informatics and Information Management major have included:

  • Assessing the Impact of Informatic Expansion for the Enhancement of Treatment Outcomes Within Patient Rehabilitation.
  • From Crisis to Innovation: How COVID 19 Reshaped Healthcare Information Systems and Data Analytics.
  • Healthy Wallet, Healthy You: The Role Health Literacy Plays in the Cost of Care.
  • How Does the Use of Telehealth Impact Privacy, Security, and Coding in Healthcare, and What are the Potential Risks and Challenges for HIM Professionals?.
  • Suicide Prevention Methods for Electronic Health Records.

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Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

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What you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn during class. We’ll help you follow your curiosity.

Careers and Outcomes

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Medical and Health Services Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

Has a Bright Outlook

Median Salary: $110,680

Possible job titles include: Health Information Management Director, Health Information Management Corporate Director, Nurse Manager, Office Manager.

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Health Informatics Specialists

Apply knowledge of nursing and informatics to assist in the design, development, and ongoing modification of computerized health care systems. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the health care system.

Has a Bright Outlook

Median Salary: $103,800

Possible job titles include: Clinical Informatics Analyst.

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Clinical Data Managers

Apply knowledge of health care and database management to analyze clinical data, and to identify and report trends.

Has a Bright Outlook

Median Salary: $108,020

Possible job titles include: Clinical Data Management Director (CDM Director), Clinical Data Manager, Clinical Data Management Manager (CDM Manager).

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Medical Records Specialists

Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare system. Classify medical and healthcare concepts, including diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment, into the healthcare industry's numerical coding system. Includes medical coders.

Has a Bright Outlook

Median Salary: $48,780

Possible job titles include: Coder, Health Information Specialist, Medical Records Analyst, Medical Records Clerk.

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Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars

Apply knowledge of healthcare and information systems to assist in the design, development, and continued modification and analysis of computerized healthcare systems. Abstract, collect, and analyze treatment and followup information of patients. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the healthcare information system. May design, develop, test, and implement databases with complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status to help monitor diseases.

Has a Bright Outlook

Median Salary: $62,990

Possible job titles include: Medical Records Analyst.

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Where our grads are working

HIIM graduates have gone to work at:

  • Cerner Corporation
  • Charleston Area Medical Center
  • HCA Healthcare
  • Minerva Park Behavioral Health
  • Mon Health
  • National Council for Mental Wellbeing
  • Necco
  • TruNorth
  • WVU Foundation
  • WVU Medicine

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Health Informatics and Information Management major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Tuition and Aid

How much does Health Informatics and Information Management at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Financial Aid

The most important step toward funding your future with financial aid for the Health Informatics and Information Management major is submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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