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Pre-Health Information Management

Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow in any healthcare provider organization from large hospital systems to the private physician practice. They are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records.

Health information management professionals work in a variety of different settings and job titles. They often serve in bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions. These professionals affect the quality of patient information and patient care at every touch point​ in the healthcare delivery cycle. Having skilled HIM professionals on staff ensures an organization has the right information on hand when and where it is needed while maintaining the highest standards of data integrity, confidentiality, and security. The pre-health information management program is a two-year program at K-State followed by two years in a health information management program at another school.

Related career titles

Cancer registrar
Emergency medical services coordinator
Health information administrator
Health information technician
Medical coding specialist
Medical librarian
Medical records clerk
Medical transcriptionist
Registered record administrator

Resources available at the Career Center*

Advancing Healthy Populations: The Pfizer Guide to Careers in Public Health
Career Opportunities in Health Care
Careers in Health Care
Careers in Medicine
Everything Guide to Careers in Health Care, The
Exploring Health Care Careers
Health Care Career Vision
Opportunities in Health and Medical Careers
Opportunities in Hospital Administration Careers
Top 100 Health Care Careers
VGM’s Handbook of Health Care Careers

*Books are available for checkout.

Related pre-health information management links

K-State Health Information Management Website

American Health Information Management Association

Health Care Information and Management Systems Society

Health Data Management


National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians