Population Health: Identifying Skill Sets and Education Alignment for HIM Professionals

Academic Article


  • The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the emphasis on population health, therefore potentially amplifying demand for healthcare workforce professionals in this area. There is an urgent need to explore and define the roles of health information management (HIM) professionals in the population health workforce. This study sought to identify the skill sets and qualifications needed, and HIM education alignment with skills necessary for HIM professionals entering the population health workforce. An intentionally broad internet search of job postings was conducted to determine skills in population health. Population health-related job descriptions and qualification requirements were abstracted and analyzed using ATLAS.ti. Three common job categories were identified: management, analytics, and coding. Skill set requirements included soft skills, problem solving, project management, research, and data analysis. The study results identified HIM educational alignment and found that HIM professionals are generally a good fit to meet the increased need in the population health workforce.
  • Authors

    Author List

  • Houser SH; Flite CA; Foster SL; Hunt TJ; Kinnerson L; Palmer MN; Peterson J; Pope RD; Sorensen L
  • Volume

  • 18
  • Issue

  • Winter