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That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

Health Informatics and Information Management (BS)

Impact clinical data quality with technology expertise

Become an expert in managing electronic health records and partnering with clinicians to improve healthcare documentation with an online Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM). As a HIIM professional, you can influence better patient care and reimbursement.

With a bachelor's degree from DSU, you will be prepared to work in any healthcare or related business or government setting. Combine your interests in healthcare, business, and technology to pursue leadership roles as a health information director, consultant, manager, analyst, or specialist. You will be trained to code diagnoses and procedures and analyze revenue for accurate reimbursement. Gain skills to influence clinical data quality for patient care and organization operations. 

Our program will prepare you to lead an interprofessional team, a critical capability in today’s workplace. Courses include innovative healthcare, technology, and business-related topics. You will be equipped to support the use of information technology to streamline clinical workflows, improve documentation methods, and provide training and ongoing support of the electronic health record. With your knowledge of information technology, you can analyze healthcare data to improve outcomes of care, and protect patient data from breaches.

Online courses

The Health Informatics and Information Management bachelor’s program is offered 100% online or hybrid. Whether you are a traditional student or a working professional, this flexible program allows you to complete your degree how it works best for you, remote or hybrid, and as a full-time or part-time student. Easily transfer an associate's degree or previously earned credits toward your bachelor's. 

Stackable credentials

The HIIMS programs are specifically designed to be stacked. From the certificates, associate's and bachelor's degrees to graduate certificate, and master's degree, you can earn stackable credentials. With our 4+1 program, you can complete your Bachelors degree in HIIM and Masters in HIIM in just five years.

Why choose health informatics and information management at DSU

Producing professionals of the highest quality

Manage electronic healthcare records

Upon program completion, you will be able to develop and implement a health information management system that is appropriate for varying healthcare facilities, organizations, and agencies.

Collaborate with clinicians and IT

The healthcare industry requires ethical leaders who can communicate well and protect a patient's private healthcare information while managing health data quality and integrity processes, to ensure documentation accuracy. 

Use technology expertise to improve workflows

You will be equipped to implement policies and procedures for information handling and dissemination, following ethics and in conformity with applicable federal, state, and local statutes and regulations.

Students gain real-world experience with supervised professional practices. These practices are completed at a healthcare facility and provide hands-on training and networking.

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Advance your skills, increase your salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts above-average growth for this occupation. As an HIIM professional, you know just how important it is to stay up to date on emerging technologies and medical practices. Professionals who seek higher education and gain essential skills and credentials can open up many doors to advance their careers – and their salaries.

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Accreditation where it matters most

The Health Informatics and Information Management accreditor of Dakota State University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Administration has been reaffirmed through 2029-30. 

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DSU's associate's, bachelor's and master's programs in HIIM are all accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

By completing DSU's online or hybrid HIIM program, you are eligible to take the national exam, which is sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). You can also earn a Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) credential.

Accreditation inquires

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.


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Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the BS degree in Health Informatics and Information Management, students will:

  • Be able to plan for the implementation of a health information management system appropriate for varying sizes and types of healthcare facilities, organizations,  and agencies.
  • Be able to manage the staff working in a health information management department.
  • Be able to perform the following management functions as they relate to a health information management system: facility design, financial planning, budgetary control, selection of equipment and supplies, systems analyses, and evaluation of the effectiveness of departmental services.
  • Be able to develop and implement policies and procedures for information handling and dissemination following professional ethics and in conformity with applicable federal, state, and local statutes and regulations.
  • Be able to design a system to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of health information.
  • Be able to select and analyze patient and institutional data for health care and health-related programs.
  • Be able to assist in research and statistical analysis to provide administrative and clinical information for institutional management and to evaluate patient care.
  • Be able to develop in-service education materials and conduct and evaluate instructional programs for health information management staff.


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