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Health Information Management Systems

Health Information Management Systems (HIMS) Vision Statement

The Division of Health Information Management Systems (HIMS) at Southern University at New Orleans vision is to be a premier institution dedicated to shaping the next generation of healthcare professionals with a focus on health information management (HIM). We envision a future where our graduates are recognized as leaders in the dynamic and evolving field of healthcare, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and ethical values necessary to drive innovation, efficiency, and improved patient outcomes. We envision our students as catalysts for positive change, leveraging their expertise to optimize the use of health information technology, enhance data security, and contribute to the overall improvement of healthcare delivery systems. Our commitment extends beyond the classroom, as we aspire to cultivate a community of lifelong learners and ethical professionals who are dedicated to advancing the field. Through collaborative partnerships with healthcare organizations, industry leaders, and research institutions, we aim to be at the forefront of HIM education, ensuring our program remains relevant, responsive to industry needs, and a beacon for innovation.

What is Health Information Management?

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) defines health information management as: “the practice of acquiring, analyzing and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. It is a combination of business, science and information technology.”

Why Purse a Career in Health Information Management?

With so many changes in health care, individuals skilled in the interpretation of health data is needed. Individuals with an interest in computers, health care and business will find that health information management is a challenging and fulfilling career option. Health information managers (HIM) organize, oversee, and protect patient health information data which includes symptoms, diagnoses, medical histories, test results, and procedures. These administrative professionals make sure that traditional and digital medical data maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security. They serve as an essential link between physicians, patients, and third-party payers.

Why Study Health Information Management at Southern University at New Orleans?

The Health Information Management Systems (HIMS) program is 100% online with 8-week courses, which allow students to graduate in less than four years. The HIMS program at SUNO prepares students to work with health information in different capacitates and various healthcare settings. This program blends the sciences of medicine, information technology, healthcare statistics, information resources, and quality assurance to ensure that the most up-to-date information is available to make informed decisions. The HIMS Program students are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIM


The Health Information Management accreditor of Southern University at New Orleans is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for a baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2023. 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

SUNO’s Health Information Management Systems Reporting Year 2020-2021 
Student Satisfaction Rate for HIMS graduates: 100% 
Employment Rate all HIMS Graduates: 100% 
Academic Progression Rate: 84% 

HIMS Mission 

The Division of Health Information Management Systems (HIMS) 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 


HIMS Goals 

The Health Information Management system (HIMS) program provides undergraduate students with the tools they need to pursue a rigorous course of study and develop a deep understanding of the world of healthcare across disciplines and their place in it. Students develop their reading, writing, statistical, scientific, analytical, leadership and communication skills. The HIMS courses are designed to develop students’ competencies with their specific domains, tasks and service within the scope of the profession. There are five domains areas which we integrate for this baccalaureate degree program:  

  • Domain I: Information Governance 
  • Domain II: Compliance and Uses of Protected Health Information 
  • Domain III: Data Informatics and Analytics 
  • Domain IV: Revenue Management 
  • Domain V: Management and Leadership 

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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)