College of Health Sciences

Health Information Administration

The US Department of Labor predicts that in the next few years jobs for health information specialists will increase by more than 50,000 new positions!

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has been providing certifications in the health information management (HIM [HIA]) for over 80 years. With all of the changes happening in HIM [HIA], this is an excellent time to invest in certification and advance to the next step in your career —but only if you have the right training and technical skills.

  • Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security
  • Certified in Documentation Imporvement6 Practitioner
  • Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)

Employers Value Credentials in Healthcare

Did you know certification can give you a competitive edge in the eyes of employers?

  • Employers think favorably overall of industry credentials
  • Employers feel that credentials are most important for medical coding professionals and other HIM [HIA] professionals, followed by IT professionals and privacy and security officers.
  • Employers think credentialed employees require less trainint, produce more accurate work, improve the quality of healthcare delivery, improve reimbursement and billing, and help rduce exposure to fraud and abuse charges.
  • 68% of employers report choosing a credentialed candidate over one who is not.
  • Credentialed employees are rewarded financially—67% earn more than non-credentialed employees.

Reprinted in part from AHIMA-CCHIIM Commission on Certification 16 Dec 2011

Our Program Has

  • 100% Employer satisfaction rate
  • 100% Graduate satisfaction rate

The University of Toledo's Health Information Administration (HIA) program is available completely via Distance Learning.  Students who reside outside of the state of Ohio and enroll in an online program at UT may be eligible for the Online Learning Out-of-State Scholarship.  UT also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program providing scholarships to military veterans.

You may enter the University of Toledo directly from high school or as a transfer student, and you'll be on your way to achieving your degree in Health Information Administration online. If you already have a baccalaureate degree, you may enter the Certificate in Health Information (CHIA) program. Both HIA and CHIA graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree from the HIA program, you will be qualified to work in a wide variety of settings, such as hospitals, medical centers, physician group practices, ambulatory care facilities, long-term care facilities, health care consulting companies, government regulatory positions, insurance companies, information technology corporations, and others. Changes in the health care industry increase the need for information managers. New electronic health record keeping and other technological advances to aid with coding, compliance, and documentation add to the opportunities available.

The University of Toledo's Health Information Administration program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Please contact Sheree Madison-Emery in Student Services for advising (

Last Updated: 7/24/15