Health Care Administration
Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration

Health Information Management

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

In the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, Health Information Management specialization, learners gain an understanding of medical terminology, electronic health records and health information systems, data management, quality management, statistical analysis, data governance, and information security. Upon successful completion of this specialization, learners are prepared to pursue entry-level positions as health information support specialists, health information systems support specialists, patient registrars, health information abstractors, and physician office specialists. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn a BS in Health Care Administration through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Identify the structure of statistical data in health information systems
  • Articulate the impact of current laws, regulations and standards related to health information systems and initiatives
  • Identify the roles Health Information Management plays in the organizational management, including strategic and operational objectives
  • Distinguish between various health information systems
  • Apply legal and ethical considerations in the management of health information
  • Explain the capture, storage, structure and application of health care data
  • Communicate using specialized vocabularies in a professional and meaningful manner

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Health information manager
  • Health information management (HIM) support specialist/clerk/associate
  • Medical coder
  • Health information management (HIM) abstractor
  • Medical office specialist
  • Patient registrar

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Government/military health care facility
  • Residential care facility
  • Dentist office
  • Ambulatory care facility
  • Nursing home
  • Integrated delivery system
  • Health insurance carrier
  • Hospice
  • Pharmaceutical company
  • Mental health organization
  • Public health department

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 

Accreditation

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.