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Health Informatics and Health Information Management

HIHIM is an exciting and not well known major at the UW.  It is all about looking at how information is created, used and exchanged. It is a field of information governance, the practice of acquiring, analyzing and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care.   HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow in any healthcare provider organization from large hospital systems to the private physician practice.  Additionally, public health and private companies are work settings for many graduates.

Recent graduates in HIHIM have been employed as Release of Medical Information specialists, clinical data specialists and data analysts.  Evaluating appropriate legal release of medical information requires legal and ethical thinking and discrete sensitivity in many situations related to patients’ health records and health care. One graduate is responsible for overseeing a department that processes 35,000 requests a year. Another student is deeply involved in coding infant care which means tracking treatment, billing charges and patterns of revenue loss. Ensuring that doctors are submitting timely and accurate documentation of treatment assists the organization in quality assurance and effective patient care.  Working for a non-profit affords another student to be directly involved with research in childhood vaccinations in Uganda.  Collecting, organizing and analyzing data assists his organization in understanding the factors that influence successful program implementation, ultimately a key public health initiative.  The possibilities for applying your major to meaningful work are really endless.

With the advent of electronic health records, employment opportunities are abundant in one of the fastest growing fields within health care.  The program is an evening one so that those who are working during the day can attend school and maintain employment.  A small, personal and professional program which offers direct applied experience, mentoring and a credential that affords employability across the U.S. could be right for you.  If you are interested in being part of healthcare, technology and helping to create better patient care for individuals and organizations consider the HIHIM field.  This is a degree completion program, thus students must have completed at least 90 credits for consideration.  For additional admission qualifications visit the web site at:  http://www.healthinformationmanagement.uw.edu/

For an advising appointment you can contact Connie Montgomery, Counseling Services Coordinator at hihim@uw.edu or call 616-1064.

—Connie Montgomery, Director, Academic Advising, UW Evening Degree & Educational Outreach

Industrial & Systems Engineering

The Industrial & Systems Engineering department is no longer admitting students for spring quarter.  The autumn quarter admission deadline is July 1 for all students.  Transfer students should be sure to file their UW admission application by the February 15 deadline.  See the ISE department Upper Division Admission website for admission information, http://depts.washington.edu/ie/prospective/ugrad/applying/upper-division.

—Jennifer Wallace Tsai, Academic Adviser, ISE

Integrated Sciences Major Admission Changes


NOTE: As of Winter 2016, The Integrated Sciences Program will no longer be accepting new students.


The Integrated Sciences Program is excited to announce that as of Autumn 2015 we have changed the admission requirements for the Integrated Sciences major.

What is the Integrated Sciences major?

The Integrated Sciences major prepares students to apply scientific knowledge, skills, and leadership to problems in science and society. Graduates can pursue a wide range of careers and advanced degrees, including (but not limited to):

  • Middle or high school science teaching
  • Informal science education and outreach (e.g., at museums, aquariums, or science centers)
  • Science writing and communication
  • Science policy and law
  • Professions across the health sciences
What’s unique about Integrated Sciences?

Interdisciplinarity: Students build a strong foundation in multiple sciences and examine the social and ethical dimensions of science.

Emphasis on Science Communication and Education: We weave issues of science education and communication into all of our courses, preparing students to communicate science to a wide variety of audiences.

Experiential Coursework: Each student engages in an in-depth research capstone project and gains real-world work experience through our practicum course.

How have the admissions requirements changed?

To allow students to apply to our major earlier in their degrees, we have reduced the number of basic science and math credits that students must have completed in order to apply to our major.  Under the new admissions requirements, to apply to our major students must have completed a minimum of 25 credits of basic science and math coursework, including a minimum of 10 credits from a single field.

Please note that none of our other admissions requirements have changed.    Admission to the Integrated Sciences major is capacity-constrained and is based on cumulative GPA and grades in basic science and math courses, a letter of recommendation from a science or math instructor, and a personal statement.  Our major does not do direct admission, so student should plan to apply to our major after they are admitted to the University of Washington.  For complete information on our admissions requirements and application deadlines, see our website.

How can transfer students prepare for the Integrated Sciences major?

Transfer students can prepare for the Integrated Sciences major by getting started on their basic science and math coursework, particularly coursework in calculus, physics, and general chemistry.  A detailed summary of the basic science and math coursework required for admission to the Integrated Sciences major can be found in the Academic Planning Worksheet for Integrated Sciences.  Transfer students can also make significant progress towards completing UW’s general education requirements – particularly the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA) requirement, which isn’t met by any courses in our major.  Washington community college students can consult UW’s Transfer Equivalency Guide to determine how courses taken at their college will transfer to UW.  Students can also find sample degree plans and checklists, including recommended basic science and math coursework for each track for our major, on our website.

Prospective transfer students are encouraged to meet with Integrated Sciences advising to discuss the major and review their progress towards completion of the Integrated Sciences admissions requirements, either by visiting us during our Transfer Thursday drop-in hours or by scheduling an appointment online.

Please share this information with any students you're working with who may be considering the Integrated Sciences major.  If you have any questions about our major or this change, please contact Meghan Oxley, adviser for the Integrated Sciences Program, at what@uw.edu or (206) 543-5447.