About the Program

Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) entails a wide array of skills needed to use and support computer systems used by hospitals, clinics, and health systems to provide care to the sick and injured. The field calls for professionals with knowledge of the health care industry, network administration, database administration, data querying and analysis, and support of clinical information systems, including the electronic medical record (EMR).

Graduates will be qualified to take a leadership role in the information systems services of a health care organization, a health data analysis team, or an entrepreneurial venture in the health care industry. All courses specified in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. A minor is not required to complete this degree program.

Career Opportunities

Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) graduates have a variety of health care career opportunities as leaders in public and private sectors. Below are a few examples:

  • Hospitals
  • Aging Services
  • Physician Groups
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Clinics

Career Outlook

Health care is a growing field that enables people to make a good living. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports in May 2020 the median annual wage was $104,280. Employment is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) Major

The Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) Major requires the following courses and electives. In addition to the courses listed below, many courses will require prerequisite courses prior to registration.

Summary of Major Requirements

Required Core Courses: 54 Credits
Required Elective Courses: 9 Credits
Total for Major: 63 Credits

Course Information


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