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Health Information Management Degree Program (HIM)

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Major Area Course Descriptions

HCM 320 - HEALTHCARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT I

This is the first of two healthcare finance courses. Healthcare Financial Management I begins with an introduction to healthcare finance and a description of the current financial environment in which healthcare organizations function. It then will explore the basics of financial and managerial accounting, presenting concepts that are critical to making sound financial decisions to better the cost-effectiveness of the organization.

HCM 422 - HEALTHCARE OUTCOMES & QUALITY MANAGEMENT

This course will explore the essential principles and techniques of quality improvement applied to patient care and the management of services in healthcare organizations. The importance of quality management in leadership of organizations will be emphasized. Topics include fundamentals of quality management, system thinking and goal setting, improvement theories, data collection, statistical tools, medical errors and reporting, public perceptions and organizational accountability.

HIM 300 - INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

This course introduces students to the foundations of the Health Information Management profession and competencies, along with the management, legal, and ethical challenges that affect the healthcare delivery system in the United States. Students will challenged by the dynamic landscape of healthcare, the intricacies of leadership in a diverse environment, and the issues of managing employees within a healthcare organization.

HIM 300A - HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP SCREENING

This is a mandatory co-requisite with HIM 300 for HIM Program Majors ONLY. All HIM students are required to complete an immunization and criminal background screening prior to enrolling in HIM 497 - Professional Practice Experience in Health Information Management. The $150 fee for this course is NON-REFUNDABLE.

HIM 320 - HEALTH DATA

This course introduces students to various types, definitions, relationships, uses, and interpretations of data derived from healthcare functions and processes. Students will explore information standards and representations of health data that are commonly used for patient care, reporting, reimbursement, and quality improvement programs.

HIM 350 - HEALTH INFORMATICS

This course will cover the history of health informatics, design and challenges of informatics infrastructure, and current issues. Topics will include HIPAA and other legislation, application of electronic health records, and other clinical and administrative applications of health information systems.

HIM 470 - HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS

This course examines healthcare organizations from the perspective of managing the information systems that exist within the enterprise. Identifying the clinical and healthcare delivery processes and how they relate to information systems is a main focus. The intent of the course is to identify the key issues confronting the management of healthcare information systems today, examine their causes, and develop reasonable solutions to these issues. Specific federal regulations, vendor solutions, and financial implications as they relate to healthcare information systems are also examined.

HIM 485 - APPLICATIONS IN HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS

This course will require the student to apply Health Information Management software, tools, and techniques to authentic healthcare situations and problems. Emphasis will be on the applications of electronic health records, common data tools and reports, and the appropriate analysis for decision-making.

HIM 497 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE IN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

The Professional Practice Experience (PPE) in Health Information Management is the culmination and demonstration of achieved competencies within the HIM curriculum. Students are required to select an appropriate site (e.g., hospital, clinic, insurance company, government or regulatory agency, software vendor, etc.) in consultation with the HIM Program Chair, and to develop a significant HIM project, research study, or other applicable endeavor that measures their mastery of established HIM program outcomes. The typical PPE will consist of a minimum of 80 on-site hours, with an additional 20-40 hours of coursework. Students are expected to meet with the HIM Program Chair and the PPE Site Manager periodically during this course to document satisfactory progress. All PPE proposals must be approved by the Program Chair and should be submitted no later than 12 weeks prior to the course start date. Students should consult the HIM PPE Handbook for more detailed information.

HIM 498 - RHIA EXAM PREPARATION

This course is designed to prepare the student to successfully pass the Registered Health Information Management Administrator (RHIA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Emphasis will be on best test-taking practices, the application of critical thinking to solving complex scenarios, and reinforcing RHIA domain competencies.

SCIE 264 - INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY

This course is intended for allied health students as an introduction to the study of pharmacology. Students will examine the properties, effects, and therapeutic value of the primary agents in the major drug categories. Pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics will be explored in detail.

Major Electives Course Descriptions

HCM 340 - COMMUNITY HEALTH

Declining reimbursement impacts the role healthcare organizations play in community health and disease prevention. This course focuses on specific strategies healthcare managers can use to benefit the health of communities. Topics include the role of healthcare stakeholders in promoting community health, connecting with the community, and community benefit standards.

HCM 432 - HEALTHCARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT II

An extension of Healthcare Financial Management I, this course offers an advanced and in-depth look at how healthcare managers can apply financial management theory and principles learned in Healthcare Financial Management I to make sound decisions in an ever changing healthcare economic climate. The course will be supplemented by case studies which will focus on topics contained in the course.

HCM 442 - LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

Individuals in the healthcare industry face ever changing legal and ethical trends in their environment. Practitioners, therefore, need to develop specific skills to evolve into the role of a change agent in order to manage these trends. This course will provide the student with the skills necessary to mitigate liability through risk management principles, develop relationship management skills, apply an ethical decision-making framework, incorporate employment law procedures, and manage communication.

HCM 472 - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

This is an issues oriented course that examines the healthcare delivery system in the United States. The course examines the entire continuum of care and uses the construct of a fully integrated system as a means to evaluate the current system to develop recommendations for further developments. Our intent is to identify the key issues confronting healthcare today, examine the causes and develop reasonable solutions to the current set of problems.

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