Program Description

The success of a team of health care professionals will need to have the information organized so that decisions and patient care plans can be made. The health information manager will bring together data to assist the health care team, the patient, and the administration staff. The student who has interests in computer science, business management, the law, and medicine will find the role of the health information manager challenging and rewarding. Health information managers find many opportunities in policy-making, financial management, decision support and research in varying sectors of the health industry. Once known as "medical record librarians," today's managers need more information and understanding as they bring together all of the data available as a policy is made or as a patient is treated. A person who is interested in how information is processed and retained will find this role challenging, as well as satisfying. Cutting-edge technology, which is always changing, plays a big part in the arena of information management.


The Health Information Management program begins in the autumn quarter and is based on the completion of two years of prerequisite course work at an accredited college or university. Concentration on the health information management subject matter begins at Loma Linda University. It is the only program of its kind in California and has been offered by LLU since 1962.

Upon completion of the program, and on the recommendation of the faculty, graduates are eligible to write the qualifying examination of the American Health Information Management Association for the designation of RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator).

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Program Length

6 quarters

Possible Careers

Health information management, health policy, financial management, computer science, business management, health care management, health care leadership

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2023 Aug 7, 2022 Jun 1, 2023 Aug 1, 2023

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have the following: 

  1. Completed a minimum of 90 quarter or 60 semester units at an accredited college or university
  2. The student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. C-minus grades are not acceptable for transfer credit


- 20 quarter or 14 semester units of humanities 
- College algebra (two years of high school algebra with a C grade or better accepted) 
- Human anatomy and physiology with lab (complete sequence) 
- Medical terminology 
- Select remainder units from chemistry, geology, mathematics, astronomy, physics, or statistics 
- English composition (complete sequence) 
- Cultural diversity course (cultural anthropology) 
- Psychology (one course)
- Select one class from sociology, economics, geography, political science 
- Business or Interpersonal communications 
- Personal health or nutrition 
- Two physical activity courses 
- If attending a Seventh-day Adventist college, four quarter or three semester units of religion per year is required

Discipline Accrediting Agency

The Health Information Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 200 East Randolph St., Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601.
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Tuition $20,210 $18,920
Fees $2,940 $2,940
Books & Supplies $4,900 $2,250
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms) $17,280 $17,280
Total $45,330 $41,390


The cost of attendance varies from year to year.  Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Months enrolled 9 9
Food and Housing $2,700 $2,700
Miscellaneous Personal Costs


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.