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Admission Requirements

Students pursuing the undergraduate degree in Health Information Management (HIM) enter the program in the junior year of their undergraduate studies.

  • Required credits/degrees: 60 college credits
  • Required quality point average (QPA): 2.5
  • Other admission criteria (recommended; not required): Volunteer or paid work experience in HIM

All students are required to bring a wireless laptop with Microsoft platform to class for courses that incorporate hands-on learning of computer applications and technology.

Prerequisite and General Education Courses

Students are required to complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum QPA of 2.5 (based on 4.0). A minimum grade of C- is required for courses designated as prerequisites. A grade of C is required for all transfer credits.

  • General Biology (no lab required), 3 credits
  • Communication/Public Speaking, 3 credits
  • Information Science/Computer Science (must include a programming course), 9 credits
  • Composition/General Writing, 6 credits
  • Mathematics*, 2–3 credits
  • General Psychology, 3 credits
  • Statistics*, 3–4 credits
  • Humanities/Social Science, 6 credits (Anthropology, Economics, English Literature/Writing, Foreign Language, History, Music, Performing & Visual Arts, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, etc.)

*A combination of six credits of math and statistics is required.

Pitt Students (including regional campuses)

Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself online application. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students must apply to the University of Pittsburgh by completing the Office of Admission and Financial Aid's Transfer Application and selecting Health Information Management as their intended field of study. International transfer students click here.

All applicants must:

  • Submit a personal essay—a brief statement discussing why you are interested in the Undergraduate Program in Health Information Management, your professional goals including how and when you became interested in this field of study. You may also include other areas of interest, extra-curricular activities and leadership experiences;
  • Submit one letter of recommendation. Recommendation from a college instructor/professor, recent supervisor, or academic advisor preferred;
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions from which they have college credits. Current University of Pittsburgh students do not need to provide their University of Pittsburgh transcript, and can request copies of transcripts previously submitted to Pitt from their current school. Students currently at the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences can obtain copies of non-Pitt transcripts from the Office of Student Records, 140 Thackeray Hall, and drop them off in the SHRS Admissions Office, 4020 Forbes Tower;
  • Applications can be submitted when course requirements are in progress.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.