Health Information Management

HomeStudies University training courses Health Information Management

Health Information Management

Welcome to the Health Information Management program at UMIT!


Are you a member of the Siemens team?

Then you can join this unique program developed exclusively for Siemens employees!

Why should I study health information management?

Modern health information systems contribute to providing high-quality, efficient health care and help to support patient care and clinical research. Their management, however, is complex. Specially trained experts are needed who possess technical competencies as well as competencies in the management and organization of IT-supported health care processes. Medical and technological progress together with demographic changes will lead to an even higher demand for such experts in the future .

The Health Information Management program offers in-depth training and delivers competencies in managing modern health information systems.

Your advantages as a student:

  • The program is fully accredited by AQ Austria, the Austrian accreditation agency.
  • The program is fully online, so you are flexible in deciding where and when to study.
  • The program combines theoretical foundations with a strong applied focus; you will be invited to directly apply your new competencies in your daily work.
  • Cooperative learning in an interdisciplinary and international student group helps you to gain new perspectives and insights into the complex topic of health information management.
  • We apply a modern and award-winning concept for online-based cooperative and social learning.
  • You will build lasting international networks with your fellow students.
  • The program is based on the recommendations of the International Medical Informatics Association on Education in Biomedical and Health Informatics.

The program is offered by UMIT, the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology.


Who is UMIT?

UMIT, the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, is 90% owned by the Federal State of Tyrol and 10% owned by the University of Innsbruck.

As a modern health university, UMIT, located in Hall in Tirol in Austria, has specialized in new vocational fields and research areas and thus responds to the latest challenges in health care and technology. Established in 2001 as one of the first private universities in Austria, UMIT has more than 15 years of experience in graduate and post-graduate training.

More information on UMIT.


How is the program organized?

The Health Information Management program comprises three semesters of fully online-based training.

Within the first two semesters, you will attend six online-based modules.

In the third semester, you will plan, conduct, evaluate and present a practical project as part of an on-the-job internship. This practical project can be integrated into your daily work environment, allowing you to implement methods and tools of health information management in your daily context. The project shows that you have mastered the theory and practice of health information management and that you are able to apply the newly obtained competencies.

At the end of the third semester, you will present the results of your project work in a final defense before an examination committee.

Here is an overview of the three semesters:

Virtual networking days The virtual networking days for our new international HIM students will take place between March 5th and March 16th.
1st semester

Modules A, B, D

Starting days:

Module A: March 19th, 2018
Module B: May 7th, 2018
Module C: June 25th, 2018

2nd semester

Modules E, F, G

Starting days:

Module E: Sept 17th, 2018
Module F: Nov 5th, 2018
Module G: Jan 7th, 2019

3rd semester

Starting days:

Module H: February 18th, 2019

On-the-job internship (ongoing)

End of 3rd semester Defense fo thesis /final examination 
(planned for July 2019)

Which modules do I have to complete?

The following modules have to be completed:

  • Module A: Professional Project Management
  • Module B: IT-Assisted Process Management in Health Care
  • Module D: Clinical Decision-Making and Organization of Health Care
  • Module E: IT and Information Management in Health Care
  • Module F: eHealth and Electronic Health Records
  • Module G: Clinical Classification Systems and Semantic Interoperability
  • Module H: Presentation and Communication

These modules are completed consecutively in the proposed order to allow full concentration on the topic at hand. Each module lasts six weeks. There is free time of around one week between the modules.


How do I join the program?

You can only join this program if you are an employee of Siemens. Please contact Dr. Thomas Schabetsberger for information on application.

After formal approval of your application, a one-on-one interview with the program representative at UMIT will be organized via video conference. In this interview, your motivation, your background and your personal learning objectives will be discussed. Upon successful completion of the interview, you will be formally admitted to the program.


How can I get access to my UMIT e-mails?

All communication within the HIM course is done via your UMIT e-mail address:

You can access these e-mail via:

Upon inscription, you will get the login data (password). You have to change the passwort every 6 months.

You can integrate UMIT e-mails into your regular e-mail client using the following information:

POP3 client:
  • Incoming mails:
  • Outgoing mails:
IMAP client:
  • Incoming mails:
  • Outgoing mails:

UMIT is part of the European initiative Eduroam. Your login is: (e.g.


How many students will be in my group?

Normally, the number of students in one group is between 10 and 30.


When does the program start?

The program will start each year in March.


How much time do I need to invest in the program?

We expect that you are able to invest between 10 and 15 hours per week. The workload varies depending on your individual preliminary knowledge of the given topic and on your own motivation and time commitment. Learning in this program functions best if you are able to work daily on the assigned learning activities.

Free time is during the Christmas and summer holidays (normally in August).


How does online-based learning work?

The program addresses the special needs of working students. It allows you to bring in your own professional experiences, to work on realistic problems, to connect with fellow students, and to transfer the new competencies to your working context.

We use modern and award-winning didactical concepts for joint learning in an online-based setting. Learning is fully online and there is no need to attend courses at the university. The final presentation and defense of the practical projects is usually done at the university, although a defense by videoconference may be permitted for our international students on individual request.

The program is built on the slogan: Developing competencies together! Research shows that learning works best when done in interaction with peers and instructors. Our approach therefore supports ongoing interaction and communication between students and instructors.

Our approach has already earned its first award: We will receive the 2018 eLearning Award for our approach on social learning. So you can be sure that we know how to successfully manage online-based learning.


How is a module organized?

Each module typically lasts for six weeks and is structured into weekly blocks. Within each weekly block, you will be asked to work on certain learning activities. These learning activities

  • are designed to be interesting and practically relevant,
  • require you to present and discuss your own solutions,
  • facilitate the immediate application of theoretical concepts,
  • promote interdisciplinary exchange within the group,
  • draw on realistic problems to show how methods and tools can be applied to your solution,
  • facilitate the exchange of different points of view, and
  • make it possible to bring in your own prior knowledge and professional experience.

Typically, for each learning activity, you will be asked to present your solution to the group (usually via an online forum, sometimes via video or screencast). You will also be asked to comment on the solutions presented by your peers and to join a group discussion that will further advance your understanding of the topic. Part of the assessment will be based on your activity in this community of inquiry.

The instructor is present throughout the module to give input, provide individual feedback, and help in case of questions or problems.


Are there any lectures or events where I have to be online at a pre-defined point of time?

You are fully free to chose when to learn and to contribute to the course. This means that, with very few exceptions (e.g. oral exams), you are free to join the virtual classroom whenever you have time. 

Normally, all needed documents and etivities (learning activities) of the next week are made available on Sunday. You are then free when to work on them.

We recommended, however, to be online every day, to join the discussions of your peers and to keep up-to-date while the course progresses. 


How is the assessment organized?

The assessment of your learning progress is based on assignments that you have to perform during the six weeks of the module. Such assignments may comprise

  • writing a project plan for your own IT project,
  • proposing an IT architecture for a given case study,
  • implementing a data warehouse and analyzing data, and
  • writing a reflection on your learning goals and your learning progress.

Your final assessment will also consider your activity and engagement in the group discussions. Sometimes, short written open-book tests or oral interviews via videoconference may be added to verify your learning progress. All assessments will normally be finished upon end of the module to allow some free time before the next module starts.


Which competencies will I have after completion of the program?

Upon completion of the program, you will have obtained the following competencies:

  1. Systematically analyze and assess processes within and between health care facilities and develop and help to implement IT-based infrastructures.
  2. Plan and help to implement clinical information systems within and between health care facilities.
  3. Organize projects with regard to the planning, analysis, implementation, evaluation and management of modern health IT systems and implement the projects in interdisciplinary project teams.
  4. Work in or lead interdisciplinary teams competently, purposefully and conscientiously, professionally communicate positions and results, and defend your decisions. 


After completion of the program, can I join the master’s program in Health Information Management (duration: 5 semester)?

If you have already obtained a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) before, you could indeed continue with the master’s program. In this case, the first two semesters are fully recognized and you can start in the third semester of the master’s program.

Please note that the master’s program, at the moment, is available only in German. It has not yet been decided when an English-language master’s will be offered. If you are interested in an English-language master’s program in health information management, please contact for further advice.


Which degree will I receive at the end of the program?

After successful completion of all modules and upon successful defense, you will receive a so-called Academic Expert degree (Akademische Expertin/Akademischer Experte):

Academic Expert for Health Information Management


Who are my instructors in the program?

All instructors are experienced researchers and teachers.

Prof. Dr. Elske Ammenwerth is head of the Institute of Health Informatics at UMIT. She is member of the International Academy for Health Sciences Informatics, Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, head of the Working Group on Assessment of Health Information Systems of the European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI) and chair of the Austrian Working Group on Medical Informatics (AK-MI). Her research focusses on health information systems, health IT evaluation and consumer informatics.

Prof. Dr. Werner Hackl is assistant professor at the Institute of Health Informatics at UMIT. His research focusses on reuse of clinical routine data and patient safety informatics. He is editorial board member of the Yearbook of Medical Informatics of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and president of the Austrian Society for Nursing Informatics (ÖGPI).

Prof. Dr. Alexander Hörbst is head of the eHealth and Innovation Unit at UMIT. He is member of the board of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and Austrian representative within EuroRec. His research focusses on eHealth, electronic health records and applied robotics in health care.

Birgit Pitscheider, M.Sc., is senior lecturer at the University of Innsbruck and at UMIT. She teaches English and communication skills.

Prof. Dr. Uwe Siebert is head of the Institute of Public Health at UMIT. His research focusses on evaluation of public health interventions, health services and outcomes research and health technology assessment.

Prof. Dr. Harald Stummer is head of the Institute for Management and Economics in Health Care at UMIT and adjunct professor of health policy and management at Harvard University. He is president-elect of the Society of Medical Decision Making (SMDM). His research focusses on healthcare research, health care management and health promotion