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Program of Study

Students in the H.I.M. program are required to have a GPA of at least 2.5 on major courses and no grades lower than a “C.”  One repeat is allowed on any one major course, with no more than three repeats total.

Course Descriptions for Health Information Management (Him)

310.     Medical Terminology: (3 hours) The review of current medical terminology as applies to health records. Prerequisite: Admission to the health information management major.

311.     Foundations of Health Information Management: (4 hours) A course designed to present the foundations of health information management.  Includes an exploration of the current healthcare system and trends, key technologies used in HIM, agencies impacting healthcare and HIM, applications of HIM in healthcare, and healthcare data and analytics. Prerequisite: Admission to the health information management major.

312.     Advanced Healthcare Computer Applications: (4 hours) An advanced skill-based interactive study of the use of software tools, integrated software, and application packages in health information management for collecting, storing, retrieving, analyzing, and presenting healthcare data. Prerequisite: Admission to the health information management major.

313.     Fundamentals of Diseases: (4 hours) A study of the nature, cause, treatment and management of pathologic disease processes with emphasis on manifestations of disease, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and pharmacology for the body systems. Prerequisite: HIM 310.

314.     Introduction to Healthcare Statistics and Research Methods: (3 hours) An introduction to research methodologies and data collection, analysis, and reporting with emphasis on basic vital and descriptive inpatient hospital statistics (rates). Prerequisite: HIM 311, 312.

315.     Health Data Content and Structure: (4 hours) An in-depth study of healthcare data management including data life cycle; capture, maintenance and quality of data; health informatics standards; de-identification of data; and exchange of protected health information to ensure quality outcomes in compliance with agency, accreditation, state and federal regulations. Prerequisite: HIM 311.

316.     Analysis of Healthcare Data: (4 hours) Advanced statistical analysis and interpretation of healthcare data for research, outcomes measurement, and reporting using pivot tables and statistical software. Prerequisite: HIM 311, 314.

317.     Diagnostic and Procedural Coding: (5 hours) Introduction to nomenclatures and classification systems with emphasis on diagnosis and procedural coding. Prerequisite: HIM 310, 313.

401.     Supervisory Management for Healthcare Professionals: (3 hours) Principles of healthcare management with emphasis on business functions, procedures, personnel management, workforce development, and productivity measurements as applied to a variety of healthcare settings. Prerequisite: HIM 315, 406.

402.     Quality Evaluation and Management: (4 hours) Examination of process, internal and external to an organization, used to measure, evaluate, and improve quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care. Prerequisite: HIM 311, 314, 315.

405.     Financial Management: (4 hours) An in-depth study of healthcare reimbursement methodologies, federal regulations, payment systems and insurance plans; human resources management principles, budget processes, employment laws, performance standards, and cost-benefit analyses; and strategic planning, organizational assessment, benchmarking, project management, process reengineering, and work redesign. Prerequisite: HIM 315, 317.

406.     Legal Aspects of Health Information and Risk Management: (3 hours) The study of the principles of law, confidentiality, and ethics, and their application in the health care field with reference to health records and risk management. Prerequisite: Admission to the health information management major, HIM 311.

407.     Electronic Health Record: (3 hours) An in-depth study of the regulatory policies, implementation issues, health information exchange, and meaningful use guidelines of an electronic health record (EHR) system. Prerequisite: HIM 312, 315, 316, 317.

408.     Healthcare Information Networks and Systems: (3 hours) An in-depth study of strategic information systems planning, systems development life cycle, information resource management, and the role of the health information managers in planning, selecting, and implementing healthcare information systems. Topics will include computer concepts, communication and Internet technologies, data interchange standards, system interoperability Health Information Exchanges, Nation-wide Health Information Infrastructures. Prerequisite: HIM 315, 407.

409.     Professional Development Seminar: (3 hours) Development of personal, professional and networking skills for success in health information management and career development.  Prerequisite: HIM 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 401, 402, 405, 406, 407, 408.

410.     Professional Practice Experience: (6 hours) Students will participate in supervised or simulated administrative, management, and problem-solving activities in healthcare or related settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the health information management major, HIM 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 401, 402, 405, 406, 407, 408.

For more information, call the School of Nursing at 601-318-6147.