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Become A Public Health Registrar

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Working As A Public Health Registrar

  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $63,565

    Average Salary

What Does A Public Health Registrar Do At Mercy Health

* Verification of patient insurance coverage status and identification/recognition of ICD
* CM codes for diagnostic and procedural information found on physician requests.
* Participates in the training of new employees, students and other Mercy employees: Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
* Familiarity with computers required; experience with McKesson
* STAR and Cerner Lab systems preferred.
* At least one year of phlebotomy experience and/or Phlebotomy registration with an accrediting agency is preferred.
* Completion of medical terminology course is preferred.
* Current CPR certification or obtained within 6 months of employment is required.
* Orientation to a medical environment and knowledge of medical procedure and terminology is desirable.
* Ability to concentrate and pay attention to details.
* Accurate typing skills at 25wpm.
* Ability to read, write, and perform basic mathematical calculations at a level normally acquired through completion of a high school education or equivalent is necessary.
* Must have a driving record which meets the standards for insurability with MERCY’s insurance carrier according to SOP 961

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How To Become A Public Health Registrar

Health information technicians typically need a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation, although some may need an associate’s degree. Certification is often required.


Postsecondary certificate and associate’s degree programs in health information technology typically include courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health data requirements and standards, classification and coding systems, healthcare reimbursement methods, healthcare statistics, and computer systems. Applicants to health information technology programs may increase their chances of admission by taking high school courses in health, computer science, math, and biology.

A high school diploma or equivalent and previous experience in a healthcare setting are enough to qualify for some positions, but most jobs for health information technicians require postsecondary education.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Health information technicians must be able to understand and follow medical records and diagnoses, and then decide how best to code them in a patient’s medical records.

Detail oriented. Health information technicians must be accurate when recording and coding patient information.

Integrity. Health information technicians work with patient data that are required, by law, to be kept confidential. They must exercise caution and a strong sense of ethics when working with this information in order to protect patient confidentiality.

Interpersonal skills. Health information technicians need to be able to discuss patient information, discrepancies, and data requirements with other professionals such as physicians and finance personnel.

Technical skills. Health information technicians must be able to use coding and classification software and the electronic health record (EHR) system that their healthcare organization or physician practice has adopted.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire health information technicians who have certification, or they may expect applicants to earn certification shortly after being hired. A health information technician can earn certification from several organizations. Certifications include the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR), among others.

Some organizations base certification on passing an exam. Others require graduation from an accredited program. Many coding certifications also require coding experience in a work setting. Once certified, technicians typically must renew their certification regularly and take continuing education courses.

A few states and facilities require cancer registrars to be licensed. Licensure requires the completion of a formal education program and the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) certification.


Health information technicians may advance to other health information positions by receiving additional education and certifications. Technicians may be able to advance to a position as a medical or health services manager after completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree program and taking the required certification courses. Requirements vary by facility.

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Public Health Registrar Demographics


  • Female

  • Male



  • White

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  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Black or African American

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Top Skills for A Public Health Registrar


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Top Public Health Registrar Skills

  1. Official Publications
  2. Evaluation Repots
  3. Diagnosis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Obtain insurance information and document within the appropriate computer system.
  • Investigated an outbreak of Influenza A in a boarding school and several outbreaks of food borne illness at nursing homes.
  • Participate in the implementation of GAVI related activities and plans.
  • Answer calls from physician offices, patient and other care givers to schedule outpatient procedures for all Parkview locations.
  • Greet patients at check in, start patient chart.