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 2024 Dec 4, 2023 Jun 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024

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
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

The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.

Required Program Costs

Academic Year 2024-2025

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Tuition & Fees $23,696 $22,386
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)
$5,100 $2,450

Other Educational Costs

Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Living Expense (Food & Housing Allowance)
Students will be assigned one of the following Living Expense Budget Options:
  • On Campus Dorm
  • $11,835 $11,835
  • LLU Owned Rental Property
  • $18,900 $18,900
  • LLU Owned Rental w/ Dependents
  • $19,800 $19,800
  • Undergraduate Dependent w/ Parents
  • $7,200 $7,200
  • Off Campus
  • $18,900 $18,900
    Transportation Allowance $3,150 $3,150
    Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $3,150 $3,150
    Federal Student Loan Fees $79 $79
    Cost of Obtaining Professional License 0 0
    Dependent Care
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request
    Disability-Related Expenses
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request


    The cost of attendance varies from year to year.  Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.
    • Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
    • Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
    • To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.