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The Health Informatics (BS) program is housed in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Department of Health Information Management. Health Informatics is an upper-division program. This means students are required to have 60 college credits before beginning the program in the fall term. During your first- and sophomore years of college, you will complete the program prerequisite courses along with introductory courses and electives you may need for a second major, minor or intended graduate studies. You will apply to the program spring term of your sophomore year, or after completing roughly 45 college credits. Students may be in the process of completing all required credits and admission requirements when applying to SHRS.  

High school and transfer students interested in an SHRS undergraduate major will apply to the University through the Office of Admissions. Most students begin their studies in the freshman-entry Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Remember to select a Guaranteed Admission Program on your application and reach out to the SHRS Enrollment Team to discuss your path ahead! 

Program Summary

60 credits required to begin program (see prerequisite courses); 123 total credits required to graduate

Programs starts fall term only

2 years (4 terms)

Average class size: 20 students

If you have an interest in health care, data science and information technology, health informatics may be the right career choice for you. It’s a field that is changing rapidly, as new technology makes information more accessible and new regulations evolve to safeguard individual privacy. At the University of Pittsburgh, we prepare the next generation of HI professionals to meet that unique challenge. Our graduates manage information and data centers and medical records departments for hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and other healthcare settings—never forgetting that service to the patient lies at the core of their work. Check out HIM job opportunities through this interactive career map.

Accreditation

The Health Information Management accreditor of the University of Pittsburgh is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2022-2023. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Results from the 2019 outcomes assessment reported to CAHIIM in the 2020 Annual Program Report (APAR) indicate:

  • Graduation rate:  93%
  • Employment rate: 94%
  • Retention rate: 100%

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the AHIMA Registration Examination to become credentialed as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).