Department of Health Informatics and Information Management
Welcome to the Health Informatics and Information Management at Saint Louis University!
Our undergraduate health information management program is the oldest university based health information management program in the nation, beginning in 1936. The program has been continuously accredited throughout the years. You have several curriculum patterns from which to choose to help you meet your career or academic goal. The Master in Health Informatics began in 2007. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for leadership roles in designing and implementing information systems to support patient care, research and decision making throughout the health care industry. Graduates from the undergraduate and master programs are in high demand as health care moves into the electronic era.
Health Informatics and Information Management faculty members are committed to mentoring and working with you to guide your progress in attaining your academic and professional goals. We share a common goal with our students-- to complete the degree in an efficient and effective manner while enjoying the responsibilities and privileges of being a college student and evolving into a professional in the discipline.
In addition to serving as director of the program, I teach courses in medical nomenclatures and classification systems, health informatics and research. My research areas of interest are telemedicine, consumerism in health care, utilization of the electronic health record. I hold the credentials of a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), and received the recognition as a Fellow in the American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA). This distinction recognizes significant and sustained contribution to advancement of the Health Information Management discipline through meritorious service, excellence in professional practice, excellence in health information management education, and the advancement of the profession through innovation and knowledge sharing.
Health Information Management professionals are a valuable member of the health care team. These professionals use their academic preparation in business, medical science, and information management to develop, implement and manage systems that support patient care and safety. Health Informatics and Information Management is a high growth profession with a variety of career opportunities awaiting graduates!
Please stop by; we would love to meet you in person! To see the University, spend the night, and attend a class, contact the Admissions Office or contact them by phone at 800.SLU.FOR.U.
Jody Smith, Ph.D., R.H.I.A., F.A.H.I.M.A.
Professor and Chair