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Health Information Management Degree Program

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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 & QUALITYyMANAGEMENT

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 320 - HEALTHCARE DATABASE MANAGEMENT

This course introduces students to the design of health and medical databases and provides hands-on experience with using such databases. It explores use of medical records systems and includes review and analysis of databases and database management systems. It also examines application of databases to clinical and managerial transaction.

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 - HEALTHCARE INFORMATION SYSTEMSyMANAGEMENT

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 OF HEALTH INFORMATIONySYSTEMS

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 INyHEALTH 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.

The above list of courses only represents a portion of the courses required for a bachelor's degree. View the bachelor's degree full curriculum.

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