Health Informatics and Information Management

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Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) is a unique combination of business, science, and information technology. The program is designed for students who are hands-on learners interested in having a direct and valuable impact on patients without being in the physical clinic.

Students gain valuable experience with advanced healthcare applications currently in use through the internet-based V-Lab, developed by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and through three required professional practice experiences. The program - which is the first and only baccalaureate degree of its kind in West Virginia - is offered via HyFlex, which allows each student to decide on a day-to-day basis how to participate in each class and activity.

Who you are

Professionals are trained in information management technology applications and the operations and workflow of a variety of healthcare organizations. They are vital to the daily operations and management of health information and electronic health records and are entrusted with keeping patients’ information and records accurate and protected.

Specialists in this field have a direct and valuable impact on patients without being in the physical clinic. Professionals may choose to specialize in a number of areas, including:

  • Compliance and risk management
  • Healthcare privacy and security
  • Health informatics and data analysis
  • Clinical documentation improvement
  • Information governance
  • Operations and medical records administration
  • Revenue cycle management

Diverse opportunities exist to work in healthcare systems, hospitals, private practice offices, clinics, skilled- and long-term care facilities, and healthcare software companies.

Starting out, graduates can expect average salaries in the $30,000 to $50,000 range. Experienced professionals can earn upwards of $50,000 to $75,000 annually. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that medical and health services manager positions are projected to grow 28% by 2031, which is much faster than the national average for all occupations. 


  • 400
    hours of hands-on professional experience.

Program Fast Facts

Academic Year 2019-2020

  • Program Enrollment: 125
  • 2020 Graduates (May, August, and December): 26
  • Fall-to-Fall Program Retention Rate: 87.1%
  • Student Satisfaction: 100%
  • Employer Satisfaction: 100%

Academic Year 2020-2021

  • Program Enrollment: 127
  • 2021 Graduates (May): 26
  • Fall-to-Fall Program Retention Rate: 87.8%
  • Average Time to Completion of Program: 4.2 years
  • Student Satisfaction: Pending survey results
  • Employer Satisfaction: Pending survey results

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Megan Holley

Health Informatics and Information Management

“It is really inspiring to be a part of the School of Medicine and meet people with all types of majors, backgrounds and interests, but have one thing in common and that’s health, healthcare and medicine. I made some great connections with my peers and professors.”

Recent News


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The Health Information Management accreditor of West Virginia University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Baccalaureate degree in Health Informatics and Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2029-2030. 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