Health Information Management Program | Penn Foster Career School

Online Health Information Management Certificate

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Program Overview

Learn new job skills or refresh your current ones with Penn Foster Career School's Online Health Information Management program. What is health information management? Workers in this field typically handle and maintain patient records while following local and federal laws. These valuable team members need a sharp eye for detail and must be comfortable with the coding system used within the healthcare industry.

In Penn Foster Career School's Health Information Management training program, you'll learn to manage information within a healthcare setting, study legal and ethical rules, gain new communication skills, and learn how medical offices work. Plus, you'll learn at a pace that's right for you – and you can complete the program in as little as two months!

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Health Information Management Certificate program helps students learn new job skills and expand existing health care management knowledge to improve performance in their current positions.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data
  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis
  • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
  • Protect patients’ health information for confidentiality, authorized access for treatment, and data security

Course 1

Starting Your Program

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.

Course 2

Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality in Allied Health

In this course, you’ll learn how law affects medical offices, the origin of law that affects medical professionals, and some basics about the process of litigation and its alternatives. Learn about medical records and informed consent, as well as privacy law and the HIPAA. Throughout the course, you’ll apply the concepts you learn to hypothetical cases in “Medical Practice” exercises. Complete a research project at the end of the course.


  • Describe civil and criminal law, sources of law, and the steps of litigation.
  • Distinguish between liability, negligence, and malpractice and explain how they relate to medical assistants.
  • Explain defenses against medical malpractice and against criminal charges.
  • Identify the various ethical issues that health-care professionals face.
  • Explain the uses and content of medical records.
  • Describe the legal significance of confidentiality obligations.
  • Explain the core concepts of HIPAA’s final Privacy Rule.
  • Summarize the role of peer review in confidentiality issues.
  • Describe confidentiality and security issues related to electronic medical records.
  • Describe the public duties of health-care professionals and workplace legalities.
  • Define and differentiate living will, health-care proxy, DNR orders, and durable power of attorney.
  • Discuss legal and ethical issues at the beginning of life and childhood and those related to death and dying.
  • Describe health-care trends and the future of health-care delivery.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Law & Ethics for Medical Careers

Course 3

Electronic Medical Records

In this course, you’ll be introduced to billing cycles and how health information technology is used in medical offices. You’ll also learn about basic accounting transaction terminology and apply this information to enter patient charges and payments.


  • Discuss the history of electronic health records
  • Perform administrative health information management functions
  • Build an electronic health record
  • Enter information into an electronic health record
  • Utilize templates to increase productivity
Additional Course Material

Textbook: The Electronic Health Record for the Physician's Office with SimChart for the Medical Office

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

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Sample Lesson

To view a Health Information Management program sample lesson, click here.

Health Information Management Program Details

Penn Foster Career School can help you gain relevant knowledge and skills, covering topics such as record storage and the ethical and legal rules covered in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Health Information Management Program

Here are a few qualities that effective medical professionals have in common:

  • Organized: Keep confidential health forms and patient information in the right places.
  • Honest: Insurance companies, doctors, and patients trust you.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Dependable: Patients and doctors rely on you to be organized and on time.
  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of others.

I just recently graduated. I would definitely recommend Penn Foster to others. Their support was tremendous. Thank you all for the encouragement... Penn Foster rocks!!!

- Dahlia R., Penn Foster Graduate

I would like to say that enrolling with Penn Foster Career School was the best choice that I ever made. I would recommend Penn Foster. I just have to say 'Thank You' to Penn Foster for achieving my goal.

- Francisco C., Penn Foster Graduate

Penn Foster is a great school with amazing people who always help and work with you through ANY situation. I experienced a fire in my home, and Penn Foster was there for me to cope through the situation. Thank you, and I will be doing another program soon.

- Claudia D., Penn Foster Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Books and learning aid
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Health Information Management Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Are the certificates medical basics courses transferable to other medical & health career programs?

Credits earned in Penn Foster programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after completing coursework with Penn Foster Career School should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits.

What will I get when I finish the Health Information Management Certificate Program?

When you complete this certificate program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Penn Foster Career School.

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The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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