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Message from the Chair

Xiaoming Zeng

Welcome to the Department of Health Services and Information Management. We are proud of our department and its integral contribution to the overall missions of East Carolina University and Health Sciences Division, and College of Allied Health Sciences. This website will serve as the portal for your information need about the department.

The core of the missions of the department is management in health care, whether it is general health services management or management of one of the most valuable assets in health care - information. The changes in health care are challenging all professions in health care, especially the management to work hard for better solutions. The escalated cost of health care, fast advent in technologies, transition to value based payment system, emphasis on population health, and advocate for health care quality, force us to think differently to prepare for and adapt to these changes. We want our students to be prepared for the challenging health care setting as leaders in health care management, health informatics, and health information management.

The activities in teaching, research and services are conducted in alignment with ECU missions in student success, public service, and regional transformation. At the undergraduate level, we offer the BS in Health Services Management and BS in Health Information Management programs. Our BS in HIM program is the only one from a public institution in the state of North Carolina that graduate students who are eligible for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credentialing exam. At the graduate level, we offer a MS in Health Informatics and Information Management program for future leaders in this exciting field. We also offer four certificate programs - Health Information Management, Health Informatics, Health Care Administration, Health Care Management (MBA) - for students and professionals who are interested in gaining knowledge and skills in the specific field. It is worth highlighting that all of our courses are offered with an online option to increase student access. To enforce their teaching and contribute to the knowledge base, our faculty also engage in exciting research activities including leadership, data analytics, quality management, consumer health informatics, health coding quality, online education and EHR implementation. Services is the culture of the department. Our faculty and students serve the university and community at all levels to contribute to the organization and the society.

We are so excited to have you here to visit our homepage. I encourage you to navigate around the website to locate the information you need. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and need to know more about us. I look forward to hearing from you.

Xiaoming Zeng, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair