Health Information Management Systems

Mission Statement:

The Division of Health Information Management (HIM) is developed in accordance with the stated mission of Southern University at New Orleans and on the belief that the vital information generated regarding health care is needed by the patient, community, health care administrators, medical staff and other designated recipients.

The primary mission of the Division of HIM is to improve the health care delivery system through the education and training of students who are knowledgeable about the management of health information systems, as well as provide service to the health care community and the HIM profession. The Division of HIM is dedicated to the creation, transmission, and application of knowledge relating to health information management. In addition, the program seeks to prepare students for lifelong learning.

The HIMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). HIMS Program students are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).


Admission to the HIMS Program

The University awards the Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Health Information Management Systems. Students may declare HIMS as a major during their freshman year. Only grades of C or better from all General Education and Natural Science courses listed in the program will be accepted to the HIMS program. A minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for consideration. References should be from individuals who evaluate your academic performance.  Students must have a grade of C or better in courses listed in the HIMS program curriculum to remain in the program.


Robinson, Pharissa 
Interim Director / Assistant Professor, Health Information Management Systems 
LCMC 205 

HIMS Program 2017 Graduate Survey: April 2017

  • 87.5% employed
  • 4.75/5 rating of preparedness for the work environment which is based on graduates evaluation of the courses that were relevant.
  • 80% are pursuing the RHIA credential  


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