Healthcare Data Analytics

The Health Data Analytics Certificate Program is designed to build on the HIT Associate Degree. The future of HIM must be associated with knowledge workers with high degrees of specialization, which will provide more significant opportunity for individuals with associate degrees.

The technical HIM professional level (associate degree) will be more focused, or specialized, bringing awareness to the employer community that associate degree educated HIM professionals have a deep knowledge in a specific area HIM practice (for example, privacy, auditing, coding, data analysis, etc.).

This certification provides graduates with the knowledge to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret, and transform data into accurate, consistent, and timely information.

Career Opportunities:

  • Data Integrity Analyst
  • Data Integrity Officer
  • Data Quality Manager
  • Research Data Analyst
  • Data Resource Administrator
  • Decision Support Specialist
  • Clinical Data Specialist
  • Research and Decision Support Specialist

Graduates may find employment in acute care hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, ambulatory care facilities, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, consulting firms, mental health facilities, rehabilitation medicine facilities, hospice, correctional facilities, pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, health product vendors, veterinary medicine, and any other organization that uses health information data.

AHIMA offers a Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) certification exam. Individuals who meet the AHIMA criteria would be eligible to sit for the CHDA certification exam. See the examination criteria listed below. More information regarding the CHDA credential can be found on the AHIMA website.

Candidates must meet one of the following eligibility requirements to sit for the CHDA examination:

  • Healthcare information management credential (RHIT®) and minimum of three (3) years of healthcare data experience; OR
  • Baccalaureate degree and a minimum of three (3) years of healthcare data experience
  • Healthcare information management credential (RHIA®); OR
  • Master’s in Heath Information Management (HIM) or Health Informatics from an accredited school; OR
  • Master's or higher degree and one (1) year of healthcare data experience
  • Courses in the Healthcare Data Analytics Certificate Program are offered totally online. All course content and exams are delivered online. Students interested in pursuing an education via online delivery must be highly motivated, independent learners, possessing excellent organizational and time management skills. Students must have email and high-speed Internet access. No on-campus attendance is required.

    Since this an entirely online program, students must be familiar with how to use the internet, email, uploading and downloading files, and the use of various common word processing programs. Please review technical requirements for HIT/CIM department.

  • There is no separate application to this program. You would simply complete the college application. Please go to our Application page for instructions..

  • Department requirements in their recommended course sequence is listed here.

  • Students enroll in classes prior to each semester and fees are paid prior to each semester.
    Fees are different for students who are California residents and non-residents.
    California resident enrollment fee = $46 per unit
    Non-resident tuition and fees = $331 per unit

    Cost of Medical Coding Department Requirements:
    California residents = $46 x 44 units = $2,024
    Non-residents = $331 x 44 units = $14,564
    (Transfer credit will reduce the cost.)

    Additional fees will apply. A full list of fees is available HERE.

  • For procedures to verify completion of HIT prerequisites and to view a specific list of class prerequisites and course advisories. 
    Instructions for requesting a Transcript Evaluation can be found on our Transcript Evaluation page. 

  • SBCC's financial aid information is available online on the SBCC Financial Aid page, or call the office at: (805) 965-0581 x 2417. Advance planning is required to complete the necessary paperwork in short timeframes!

    For information on Board of Governors Fee Waivers, scholarships, etc., please go to the SBCC Financial Aid page.

  • Once you have registered and paid for your course, please review our Orientation for Enrolled Students. During the first week of class, you will complete online orientation exercises designed to familiarize you with the course and the online classroom. If you have any problems or difficulties with one or more of these steps, contact us immediately.


  • Textbooks are available for online order at once you have registered and the online bookstore has opened for the semester.


  • Students must complete all department requirements with a grade of 'C' or better. Pass grading is not permitted in a student’s major area of study.

    Candidates must complete at least 20% of the HIT/CIM program requirements through SBCC.

  • Students who are newcomers to online learning or have a low comfort level with computers may want to limit their first semester to 3 units. Students who work full-time and have family and personal commitments are advised to limit enrollment to 6 units per semester. Students who work 20 hours per week and have family and personal commitments are advised to limit enrollment to 9 units per semester. It is recommended that students limit their enrollment in SBCC's short 6 week summer session to one HIT/CIM class.

    For more information, go to our Course Guidelines page

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact:

Shawna Sweeney
HIT/CIM Department Chair
Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394
(805) 965-0581 x 2851

Dr. Gwyer Schuyler
HIT/CIM Academic Counselor

Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive,
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 965-0581 x 4369 
Fax: (805) 560-0591 ATT: Gwyer