Learn more about the courses necessary to complete a degree in Health Information Management and Systems.

What types of classes will I be taking?

The HIMS curriculum focuses on knowledge of management principles, reimbursement, finance, clinical data management, ethical and legal considerations, information systems and skills for managing people and systems that support the delivery of healthcare. 

Laboratory and professional practical experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum.  The content of the curriculum is dynamic and continually changes as technical, social, and political forces impact the healthcare environment.

View the HIMS Curriculum Guide

Professional Curriculum (63 Hours)

Professional Curriculum

The professional curriculum includes courses available to students who have been admitted to the professional program. Students who wish to complete the program on a part-time basis should consult with the division since many courses are taught once per year. The program includes didactic coursework in addition to profession practice experience and culminates in a professional practice experience in the final semester of enrollment.

Suggested Scheduling Plan

Suggested Scheduling Plan

The following plan demonstrates how students may complete the Health Information Management and Systems program in 8 semesters beginning with Year 1.  There is flexibility in when a student may take courses in Years 1 and 2. However, in Years 3 and 4 the curriculum is structured with only limited ability for change. It is assumed that students following this plan who are admitted to the Professional Program will begin professional coursework in Year 3.

Year 1 (29-32 hours)

Autumn:
  • Math 1150 or eligibility (5)
  • Psychology 1100 (3)
  • Biology 1101 or 1113 or  Chemistry 1210  (4-5)
  • GE (3)

Spring:
  • English 1110 (3)
  • Biology 1102 or 1114 or  Chemistry 1220 (4-5)
  • Biology or Chemistry * (4-5)
  • Communication 2131 (3)
*3rd GE science course can be either Biology 1110 or 1113, or Chemistry 1210, depending on science sequence taken

Year 2 (33 hours)

Autumn: 
  • Anatomy 2300.04 (4)
  • Statistics 1450 (3)
  • EEOB 2520 (3)
  • GE (3)
  • GE (3)
Spring:
  • ACCT&MIS 2000 (3)
  • Economics 2001.01 (3)
  • HTHRHSC  2500 — Med Term (3)     
  • HIMS 5648 — Micro Apps in HS (2)
  • GE (3)
  • GE (3)

Year 3 (32 hours)

Autumn:
  • HIMS 3520 — Fundamentals of HIM(4)
  • HIMS 3589 — HIM Prof Pract (1)
  • HIMS 5536 — Clinical Procedural Coding (2)
  • HTHRHSC  5500 — Intro to Pathophysiology (4)
  • HIMS  5540 — HC Data Management and Analysis (3)  
  • HTHRHSC  5370 — U.S. Healthcare Delivery (3)
Spring:
  • HIMS 5535 — Clinical Classification Systems (4)
  • HTHRHSC 5510 — Pharm Aspects in HRS (2)
  • HIMS 5545 — Fund of HC Laws and Ethics (3)
  • HIMS 5650 — HC Information System (3)
  • HTHRHSC  5900 — Health Sciences Research (3)

Year 4 (31 hours)

Autumn:
  • HIMS 5635 — Quality Mgt and Performance (3)
  • HIMS 5654 — Health Info Syst & Design (4)
  • HIMS 5890 — Seminar in HIM (2)
  • HIMS 5620 — HC Reimbursement Systems(3)
  • HIMS 4645 — Mgt of Hlth Info Serv (3)
Spring:
  • HIMS 5537 — Rev Cycle Mgt & Analysis (3)
  • HIMS 5655 — HC Database Admin(3)
  • HIMS 5660 — HC  Financial Mgt (2)
  • HIMS 5890 — Sem in HIM (2)
  • HIMS 4689 — HIM Prof Practice Internship (6)

Course Offerings

What types of classes will I be taking?

The HIM curriculum focuses on knowledge of management principles, reimbursement, finance, clinical data management, ethical and legal considerations, information systems and skills for managing people and systems that support the delivery of healthcare. Laboratory and professional practical experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum.  The content of the curriculum is dynamic and continually changes as technical, social, and political forces impact the healthcare environment.

HIMS Course Offerings 

3520 Fundamentals of Health Information Management 
Content, format, value and use of clinical information and standards of documentation. Accreditation and regulatory requirements. Practical applications in the management of health information and electronic health record functionalities.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in HIMS, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 520.

3589 HIM Professional Practice Experience 
Practical applications in health information management and informatics.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in HIMS. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 credit hours or 3 completions. This course is graded S/U.

4645 Management of Health Information Services and Technology
Principles of operation management including work measurement, productivity and quality standards, strategic planning, leadership, budgeting, training and teamwork in HIM and informatics.
Prerequisite: Sr. standing in HIMS or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 640 or 645.

4689 HIM Professional Practice Experience
Practice experience in health information management and informatics in healthcare or related business environment work settings.
Prerequisite: Sr. standing in HIMS, and completion of all coursework required during Jr year of HIMS professional curriculum. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 credit hrs. This course is graded S/U.

5193 Individual Studies
Study of individual designed topics or problems in health information management not covered in regular course offerings.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in HIMS, grad standing in AMP or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 693. This course is graded S/U.

5535 Clinical Classification Systems 
In-depth study of clinical classification systems, including International Classification of Disease Systems 9 and 10; and terminologies and vocabularies.
Prerequisite3520, AlliMed 2500, Anatomy 2199 or equivalent, and EEOB x 232 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 535.

5536 Clinical Procedural Coding System for Provider Practices
In-depth study of procedural and ambulatory clinical classification systems, with a focus on CPT/HCPCS coding for facility outpatient and physician services, for optimal reimbursement and audit liability purposes.
Prerequisite: 3520, AlliMed 2500, Anatomy 2199 or equivalent, and EEOB x232 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

5537 Revenue Cycle Management and Analysis in Healthcare 
Study the various components of the heathcare revenue cycle. Use analytic techniques to understand opportunities for improved performance.
Prerequisite: 5535 or 5536, and Grad standing in AMP, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 537, 589, or 535.

5540 Healthcare Data Management and Analysis

Data management and statistical methods for the collection of healthcare data with emphasis on epidemiology, data collection, study design and data analysis.
Prerequisite: 3520, Math 1148, or Stat 1145, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 540 or 654.

5545 Fundamentals of Healthcare Law and Ethics in Health Information Management and Informatics
Fundamentals of healthcare law and ethics including liability theories, evidence, patient consent, risk management, quality improvement, compliance, and requirements affecting the privacy, security, control, and disclosure of health information.
Prerequisite: AlliMed 5370, and enrollment in HIMS program, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 544.

5620 Healthcare Reimbursement System
In depth analysis of U.S. healthcare payment systems and methodologies including public funded programs, managed care contracting, utilization review and impact on providers, payers, consumers, policy and information systems.
Prerequisite: 3520 or AlliMed 5370, or Grad standing in AMP, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 589, 620, or 660.

5635 Quality Management and Performance Improvement in Healthcare
Continuous quality management measures and tools including patient safety and satisfaction, regulatory requirements, benchmarking, causal analysis, outcomes, clinical guidelines and pathways, risk management and utilization review.
Prerequisite: 3520 or 5540, or Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 635 or 695.

5648 Microcomputer Applications in the Health Sciences

Overview of microcomputer applications in health sciences with practical applications related to discipline specific needs.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in AMP, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 648.

5650 Healthcare Information Systems and Technology

In depth analysis of patient, administrative and financial information systems and management practices to support systems. Emphasis on government involvement in health information technology and information exchanges.
Prerequisite: 5648 or equivalent, or Grad standing in AMP, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 525 or 650.

5654 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design
Applied systems planning and analysis techniques including database design and project management for health information systems evaluation, modeling and implementation.
Prerequisite: 3520, 5648, and 5650; or Grad standing in AMP, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 654 or 655.

5655 Healthcare Database Administration

Database design and maintenance for health data applications including creation of data dictionaries and SQL query language to meet the business needs of healthcare entities.
Prerequisite: 5654, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 654 or 655.

5660 Healthcare Financial Management
Overview of major financial issues in healthcare delivery including assessment of financial environment, financial statements, ratio analysis, managed care, payment systems, and capital project analysis.
Prerequisite: Grad standing in AMP, and enrollment in HIMS; or permission of instructor.

5890 Seminar in Health Information Management and Informatics
Selected topics in health information management and informatics.
PrerequisiteGrad standing in AMP, and enrollment in HIMS, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs or 4 completions.

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