Curriculum: Bachelor of Health Information Management

Curriculum: Bachelor of Health Information Management
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Degree Requirements

A bachelor’s degree requires completion of at least 120 semester credit hours. If a student has already successfully obtained an associate’s degree, those credit hours can be used to build towards the bachelor’s degree. Additional information on credit hour fulfillment can be found on our Types of Degrees & Certificates webpage.

Program Curriculum

UC’s online HIM courses are scheduled in two, seven-week sessions per semester. This allows students to focus on one class at a time, while successfully managing existing responsibilities at work and home. Our HIM program is also designed to prepare students for RHIA® certification and high-level leadership in the 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

faculty commitment

Faculty Commitment

HIM faculty and staff are committed to providing students with a highly-valuable learning experience. Our professors are available (and more than happy) to offer personalized feedback and guidance to our HIM students and alumni.

At UC Online, you will experience the highest levels of faculty-to-student interaction!



Course Title / Description Credit
HIM 3004
Issues in Legal Aspects and Healthcare Delivery
Course: HIM 3004
Credit: 4
This course will explore national trends in healthcare delivery and focus on legal and ethical issues. Case studies will highlight practical applications in the management of health information.
HIM 3006
Health Data Management I
Course: HIM 3006
Credit: 5
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.
HIM 3007
Health Data Management II
Course: HIM 3007
Credit: 4
This course will build on the concepts covered in Health Data Management I. Students will perform advanced data analytics utilizing open-source software. Students will demonstrate the impact that data can have on outcomes and performance improvement within healthcare organizations.
HIM 3012
Health Information Systems
Course: HIM 3012
Credit: 5

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
HIM 3014
Health Information Technology Practicum
Course: HIM 3014
Credit: 4
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.
HIM 3021
Revenue Cycle Management
Course: HIM 3021
Credit: 5
This course provides HIM students with the opportunity to evaluate reimbursement methodologies within healthcare and delineates health information management’s role in revenue cycle management.
HIM 4004C
Healthcare Statistics and Research Methods
Course: HIM 4004C
Credit: 4
This course is designed to provide an introductionto research methods as well as analysis and presentation of data.
HIM 4008
Organizational Management and Leadership in Healthcare
Course: HIM 4008
Credit: 5
This course focuses on the application of principles of human resource departments and managing health information management departments in healthcare facilities.
HIM 4016
Financial Management in Healthcare
Course: HIM 4016
Credit: 5
This course is designed to examine the financial aspects of healthcare and accounting principles.
HIM 4018
Project Management
Course: HIM 4018
Credit: 4

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
HIM 5005
Capstone and Practicum
Course: HIM 5005
Credit: 7-10
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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