Curriculum: Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

July 01, 2022
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Program Curriculum

Our online HIM program is designed to prepare students for RHIA® certification and leadership in the rapidly-growing healthcare industry. Program learning outcomes include:

  • Fundamental abilities & competencies for a high-level career in the HIM field
  • Proper management of confidential patient information, ensuring data integrity
  • Management & leadership skills including effective communication & best practices
  • Advanced project management skills and problem-solving abilities

Earn your Bachelor’s 100% online in just 4 semesters!

Our HIM courses are scheduled in two, seven-week sessions per semester. This allows students to focus on one class at a time, while also managing existing responsibilities at work and home. faculty commitment

HIM faculty and staff are dedicated to providing students with a valuable learning experience. Our HIM faculty are available (and happy) to provide meaningful feedback and guidance to our students throughout their educational journey and beyond. At UC Online, you will experience the highest levels of faculty-to-student interaction.


Earn your Master of Health Informatics degree in just 3 years (part-time)!

UC offers an accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s degree program allowing qualified students to earn graduate level credits at undergraduate tuition rates! Qualified HIM students can enter the Master of Health Informatics program (and qualify to sit for the RHIA® exam) after just 5 semester in the HIM program!

Accelerated degree programs give students the opportunity to advance their education (and career) at a faster pace and reduced cost! UC’s accelerated HIM + MHI program offers numerous benefits including flexibility, affordability, and convenience.

Health Data Management I

This course is designed to be an advanced study of methods and techniques to manage health care data with primary focus on electronic records. Topics include healthcare databases, documentation guidelines and evaluation of compliance with regulations and standards.

Reimbursement System

This course focuses on analysis of various health care reimbursement methods and the role of health information management in the revenue cycle.

  • Reimbursement management
  • Severity of illness systems
  • Chargemaster management
  • Casemix management
  • Audit processes
  • Payment systems

Health Information Systems

In this course, students will study the framework and architecture that defines the electronic health record and the key role it plays in the quality of health care delivery. Students will compare and contrast the methods of communication, technology and data security measures in health care organizations.

  • Health information standards
  • Computer concepts and systems development
  • Communication technologies
  • Internet technologies
  • Data information and file structures
  • Data storage and retrieval
  • Data security
  • Medical vocabulary standards and natural language processing
  • National Health Information Infrastructure

Health Information Technology Practicum

This course will focus on problem-based learning and projects associated with computer applicationsin healthcare. Students will engage in practice issues and tasks applied to workflow analysis.

Health Care Statistics & Research Methods

This course is designed to provide an introduction to research methods as well as analysis and presentation of data.

  • Statistical analysis of health care data
  • Descriptive, inferential and vital statistics
  • Data reporting and presentation techniques
  • Computerized statistical packages
  • Research design and methods
  • National guidelines regarding human subjects’ research
  • Institutional Review Board process

Quality Management & Performance Improvement

This course provides advanced study of the application of quality improvement tools, evaluation of documentation standards, quality improvement, credentialing, and utilization and risk management. Students analyze data and create reports to support facility-wide quality initiatives.

  • Quality assessment and management tools
  • Utilization and resource management
  • Risk management
  • Disease management processes

Organizational Management and Leadership in Healthcare

This course focuses on the application of principles of human resource departments and managing health information management departments in healthcare facilities.

Financial Management in Healthcare

This course is designed to examine the financial aspects of healthcare and accounting principles.

Project Management

This course will focus on developing strategic and operational plans in health care. Students apply principles for the project management of health information services. This course provides a study of change, team building and leadership development related to the practice of health care. Students explore strategies for problem-solving and decision-making.

  • Strategic leadership, management and planning
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Team/consensus building
  • Project management tools

Capstone and Practicum

Environmental scan of emerging issues and trends in the health information management (HIM) field. Develop an educational plan for individual presentations and senior PowerPoint presentation. Integrate studies and apply knowledge to problems and issues facing the HIM profession and apply knowledge to case studies.

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