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Healthcare Privacy & Security Certificate

This certificate was created in response to the increased complexity of data disclosure, particularly the full implementation of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

It is offered via distance delivery and requires a minimum of 30 credits, 21 of which are specified HIM courses.

Students are introduced to legal and ethical implications of data disclosure, and are given an overview of state and federal laws, client rights and responsibilities, contracts, corporate liability, and professional liability.

This distance-delivered HIM Privacy and Security Certificate prepares students for employment in data access and disclosure. Students who complete this program are prepared to work in a variety of employment settings, particularly healthcare related facilities.

The Healthcare Privacy and Security course will also provide accredited professionals with a continuing education option.

Currently, most HIM professionals must meet a minimum standard of 20 continuing education credits in a two-year cycle, and half of these must be in 6 core areas, one of which is External Environment, which includes regulatory issues.

Career Opportunity

There are three main benefits of this certificate:

  1. It meets current employer training needs
  2. It meets student needs for employable skills
  3. It provides a career ladder for graduates

American Health Information Management Association


Admission requirements

High school diploma or GED, and English placement exam

This certificate contains coursework that will apply toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management.

Healthcare Privacy & Security Certificate Brochure (257 KB)

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours30
General Requirements9
Program Requirements21

General Requirements

Written Communication Skills

ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3

Oral Communication Skills

COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication*3
* Grade of C (2.00) or better

Computer Skills

CISS105Computer Literacy3

Program Requirements

HIMS101Introduction to Health Information Management I3
HIMS102Introduction to Health Information Management II3
HIMS181Introduction to Healthcare Systems3
HIMS240Legal Aspects of Health Information3
HIMS251Healthcare Quality Improvement and Project Management3
HIMS285Healthcare Privacy and Security3
HIMS289Healthcare Information Technology3

Health Information Management
Sitka Campus 
1332 Seward Avenue
Sitka, AK


The Associate of Applied Science in HIM Degree Program at the University of Alaska Southeast is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).


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