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Health Information Management (IMS/HIM)

The Bachelor of Arts in Information Management & Systems/Health Information Management (IMS/HIM) is the only degree program of its kind in South Carolina. We are working with Greenville Technical College, Midlands Technical College and Florence-Darlington Technical College to create this unique progression program. Students who have received an associate’s degree from an accredited health information management program and hold the RHIT certificate (or take and successfully pass the registry exam within six to 12 months of entrance into the program) may enroll in the accredited HIM Program.

NOTE: Students who are interested in the IMS Degree with a Health Information Management concentration view the Informatics Bachelor of Arts degree page.

This degree provides graduates with the chance to assume management roles in dealing with health information and health information systems. Career opportunities exist in a variety of health-related settings, such as hospitals, long term care facilities, clinics and private practices. Other opportunities are available in consulting firms, government agencies, insurance companies and software vendors. The Health Information Manager (HIM) supports the provider with documented patient care, reimbursement, teaching research, performance improvement and legal inquiries. The HIM manages people as well as information. If you like the healthcare environment but do not want direct patient contact, this is the program for you!

The IMS/Health Information Management Program can be attended full or part time and includes the added value of a healthcare informatics component. The majority of courses are online which allows for flexible weekly schedules and 24/7 availability. The IMS/HIM Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). 

We have combined the customary HIM courses with informatics courses designed to strengthen your understanding of technology and business.  Students will graduate with HIM expertise as well as knowledge of computer applications, databases, and programming, giving them an advantage in their field.

Interested students can transfer not only general education classes, but also many program-related courses.  Coursework includes the study of organizations and administration; information technology and trends; network applications and database systems; and legal and ethical responsibilities in healthcare.

Follow the links on the left or contact the HIM Program Director to obtain more information about the Health Information Management/Informatics Program.

SCHIMSS Scholarship Opportunity
The South Carolina Health Information Management Systems Society is offering a $1,000 scholarship for an undergraduate or graduate student engaged in a curriculum that involves health information technology, health information management, or health informatics. More information, including an application for this scholarship, can be found on the SCHIMSS website at www.schimss.org.

HIM Graduate Achievements in Health Information Management  
Since receiving CAHIIM accreditation in March of 2010, our HIM program continues to grow. We are particularly proud of our alumni and their accomplishments:

  • Our December 2012 graduate is employed at a 400-plus bed, full service, modern medical complex in Columbia, S.C.
    Job Title: Physician Network Services Clinical Applications Analyst.
  • Our August 2012 graduate holds a challenging, new position as the HIM Manager/Privacy Officer at the Redfern Health Center, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

Program Outcomes

Students successfully completing this CAHIIM-accredited program are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Each program completes a yearly annual program assessment. 

Outcomes from the most recent program review include:100% of our accredited grads are employed in the field and 83% sat for and passed the RHIA exam.


Division Chair
Ron Fulbright, Ph.D. 

Additional Information
HIM Program Application
HIM Recommended Course Sequence
IMS-HIM Student Worksheet
HIM Student Handbook

Faculty Web Pages
Ron Fulbright

Contact Us
USC Upstate
Department of Informatics
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5432
Fax: 864-503-5408
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