Curriculum: Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

November 15, 2019
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What you will learn

The courses for our online Bachelor’s in Health Information Management program are designed to prepare you for a leadership role within the health field. Upon completion, you will have the following learning outcomes:

  • Have the ability and competencies fundamental for a career in the health information management field
  • Be able to evaluate resources and references applicable to the practice of managing health information
  • Effectively communicate and work in teams
  • Apply problem-solving techniques to practice issues
  • Initiate best health information practices

How long will it take to complete

Courses are scheduled in two seven-week periods per semester to allow you to focus your studies on one course at a time, across six consecutive semesters. All content — including multimedia lectures and e-learning tools — is delivered via the course website.

You can earn your BS in Health Information Management in as little as two years.

Health Data Management

This course is designed to be an advanced study ofmethods 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

Human Resources in Healthcare

This course focuses on the application of principles of human resource departments and managing health information management departmentsin 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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