In this two-year bachelor's degree program, students work with the latest health information technology at the region's top academic health institution: the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Students typically enter this program after completion of two years of undergraduate course work from a qualified accredited institution. Graduates possess the skills to manage the people, processes, and data systems involved with health information.

KU also offers an online bachelor's degree-completion program for working health professionals including those with the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential, individuals working in an area related to health information management, or credentialed professionals in another health field. This program assists those who want to advance to a bachelor's degree in health information management. As an online program, it offers convenience and flexibility for students. For more information, please refer to the program website.

KU’s health information management programs are committed to preparing students for a career in the dynamic profession of health information management. Graduates of these programs are eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) national registry exam. Successful completion of the exam provides the Registered Health Information Administrator designation using the RHIA credential. To learn more about this program and the profession of health information management, please visit the program website.

The bachelor's degree in health information management is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

Students interested in entering this field should contact an advisor as early as possible in their collegiate careers to ensure prerequisite course work will be completed on schedule. For more information, view the frequently asked questions for prospective students.

Prior to entering the program, students must complete two (2) years of undergraduate college course work –  either from the KU Lawrence campus or another regionally accredited university or community college – with a total of at least 60 semester credit hours.

No grade lower than a "C" is accepted in any prerequisite course. An overall grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for college course work is required to be eligible to apply.

Changes in health care require frequent curriculum content changes and course revisions. All prospective students should obtain ongoing advising from the department to ensure the candidate’s transcript meets current prerequisites. Additional advising is available at the Undergraduate Advising Center in Lawrence.

KU Students: Students on the Lawrence campus should declare prehealth information management as their major. Please contact Robin Merritt, academic advisor for the School of Health Professions for advising.

Transfer Students: Students from other institutions need to verify that prerequisites are completed. Verify equivalent course work is transferable and will meet the program requirements using the CredTran systemProgram sheets are available for community colleges in Kansas which provide a list of transferable courses. Please contact the HIM advisor at with questions or for assistance in transferring to KU.

International students, or those for whom English is a second language, may have additional requirements relative to language proficiency, residency, and citizenship status. See more information.

A background check is also required. Prospective students should review the program requirements and complete list of application requirements on the department's website.


NOTE: Students may still apply if currently enrolled or working towards prerequisite course work. However, all prerequisites must be completed before the start of the program.

Biological Sciences (9)
BIOL 100Principles of Biology (or other natural sciences course) 13
BIOL 240Fundamentals of Human Anatomy 23
BIOL 246Principles of Human Physiology 33
Mathematics (6-7)
MATH 365Elementary Statistics3
ACCT 200Fundamentals of Financial Accounting 43-4
or ACCT 205 Survey of Accounting
English (6)
ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
Oral Communication (3)
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
Humanities (6)
PHIL 160Introduction to Ethics3
HUM 204Western Civilization I (or other culture and diversity elective)3
Social Sciences (6)
PSYC 104General Psychology3
SOC 104Elements of Sociology3
Other required courses (9)
IST 202Introduction to Information Systems3
or IST 205 Survey of Information Systems
HEIM 230Medical Terminology3
BLAW 301Legal Aspects of Business (or similar business law course)3
Total Hours45-46

Students may choose any elective fulfilling the KU Core Goal 3, Natural Sciences.


BIOL 241 or BIOL 242 are lab courses for BIOL 240 and are recommended but not required.


BIOL 247 is the lab course for BIOL 246 and is recommended but not required.


KU requires students to take MATH 101 before taking ACCT 200; transfer students may not need to complete a MATH 101 equivalent if it is not required for the required accounting course.


Students may choose any elective fulfilling the KU Core Goal 4, Learning Outcome 2.

The on-campus program begins each fall on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. and culminates in a 4-week capstone professional experience at the end of the spring semester of the second year.

Program requirements and course offerings are subject to change. Prospective students should visit the program website for the latest information.


HEIM 3011HEIM 4203
HEIM 3252HEIM 4501
HEIM 4013HEIM 5253
HEIM 4153HEIM 5403
HEIM 4353HEIM 5654
HEIM 5011 
HEIM 5703 
 16 14
HEIM 5101HEIM 6042
HEIM 5673HEIM 6652
HEIM 5713HEIM 6713
HEIM 5753HEIM 6763
HEIM 5853HEIM 6793
HEIM 6353HEIM 6803
 16 16
Total Hours: 62

The minor in healthcare management provides students with an in-depth understanding of the U.S. health care delivery system, with special emphasis on legal, regulatory and reimbursement issues. Students are introduced to relevant topics for healthcare managers and will be trained in privacy, security and confidentiality practices, and related requirements for health care professionals.

In the program, students will examine the uniquely complex financial and reimbursement systems and the roles of quality and performance improvement in health care. Students will also gain knowledge and experience in health information systems, and specifically, electronic health care records and data management.

The minor requires students to complete 18 hours (6 courses) with a “C” or higher in all of the courses.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Courses are offered online as well as at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Students accepted into the program have the option to enroll in the online or on-campus sections of these courses.

Prerequisite: HEIM 210 Introduction to Healthcare, 1 credit hour

Acceptance to this minor is subject to review. To request a declaration for the minor in healthcare management please visit the program website

HEIM 415Healthcare Delivery Systems3
HEIM 567Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare3
HEIM 585Healthcare Reimbursements & Financing3
HEIM 570Introduction to Healthcare Management3
HEIM 420Legal Aspects of Healthcare3
HEIM 540Health Information Systems3
Total Hours18