Health Information Management Track

OHSU is no longer accepting applications to the Health Information Management Track in the Certificate and Master's Program.

As the Health Information Management (HIM) discipline has grown over the last several years, the need for qualified professionals with appropriate credentials has increased. CAHIIM, the national credentialing agency in the field, has adopted a policy requiring that all directors of HIM programs have at least a master's degree as well as RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) credential. This degree has become the entry-level degree in the field.

The HIM program at OHSU follows the body of knowledge and practices that insures the availability of health information to facilitate real time health care delivery and critical health related decision making for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings and disciplines.  

The Biomedical Informatics program at OHSU offers HIM degrees at the graduate certificate and master's level, as well as a cognate study-area at the PhD level. The HIM degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Primary Faculty

Joanne Valerius, PhD, MPH, RHIA
HIM, Human Resource Development/Workforce Development , Ethics and Patient Safety, and Cultural Diversity
Mary Stanfill, MBI
Bonnie Altus, MS


Graduate Certificate

Online and On-campus

The HIM Graduate Certificate is CAHIIM-accredited and allows graduates to sit for the examination for the RHIA credential. The course of study is most useful for those interested in gaining skills in biomedical informatics to complement their existing career as a physician, nurse, other health care professional, IT professional, administrator or librarian. Graduates of the program have taken on additional IT responsibilities in their existing careers or embarked upon new careers as developers and managers of electronic health records.


The curriculum, listed below, consists of nine 3-credit courses and one 4-credit course for a total of 31 credit hours. Students are required to complete all 31 credits in the HIM Graduate Certificate program. Completion of this program in one year is typically done by matriculating in Fall term.


Online and On-campus

The HIM curriculum is CAHIIM-accredited and allows graduates to sit for the examination for the RHIA credential.

As the need for quality electronic clinical documentation has increased for health care decision making to improve patient care, the skills of a Health Information Administrator are essential to the health care team. The unique curriculum of the HIM programs at OHSU combine HIM concepts with key concepts of health informatics to prepare a graduate for positions in acute care, long term care, ambulatory care, home care, soft ware companies, insurance industry, and consulting; and in positions in privacy, compliance, management, education, analytics, among others.


The curriculum includes the same courses that are in the MBI and MS Clinical Informatics Track with the addition of 4 core HIM courses:

 All 52 credits of the MBI HIM track are required or individual competency courses. Fifty-eight of the 60 credits of the MS HIM track are required or individual competency courses.