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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

HIM 2360 Medical Terminology. (3-0) Recognizing and understanding the vocabulary of the health care professions. Emphasis on medical prefixes, suffixes, and word roots as used in oral and written communications.

HIM 3301 Principles of Health Information Management. (3-0) Exploration of the expanding role of the HIM professional. Emphasis will be on the organizational structure and delivery of healthcare in hospitals and other healthcare agencies and the associated roles of HIM professionals.

HIM 3310 Fundamentals of Health Information Systems. (3-0) An introduction to the information technology aspects of health information management to include hardware components, systems architecture, operating systems, languages, software applications, tools, and related topics and concepts.

HIM 3311 Health Informatics, Analytics and Data Use. (2-2) This course provides an overview and introduction to healthcare data management. Topics in the course will include the system development life cycle, project management, information infrastructure and data analytics. Implementing healthcare information systems, decision making, and consumer informatics will also be examined.

HIM 3350 Legal Aspects of HIM. (3-0) A study of the legal issues of Health Information Management with focus on statutory and regulatory requirements, case law and practical applications. Special legal problems associated with access to patient information, disposition of records, confidentiality and privacy, reporting requirements and compliance with current state and federal legislation are emphasized.

HIM 3367 Disease and Medical Science I. (3-0) An introduction to the general disease process. Stress is placed upon the occurrence of disease, the signs and symptoms of disease, the test values and findings of disease, and the therapeutic treatment of disease.

HIM 3368 Disease and Medical Science II. (3-0) A continuation of Disease and Medical Science I.

HIM 3380 Quality Improvement Regulations & Procedures for HIM. (3-0) Overview of regulatory agency requirements for quality improvement, utilization management and risk management. Methods for integrating these procedures for credentialing and peer review are explored.

HIM 3390 Principles of Management. (3-0) This course provides a study of the principles involved in managing in healthcare and related organizations. The course provides the opportunity to apply the fundamentals of management including ethical decision making and human resources in the expanded role of the HIM Professional.

HIM 3463 Introduction and Technical Aspects of Health Information Management. (2-4) An introduction into principles and procedures used in health records organization, maintenance and retention, numbering and filing systems and procedures, forms control and design, and imaging. Emphasis placed on functions and duties of the HIM administrator, and relationships of the medical record to the health care delivery system.

HIM 3464 Coding and Classification Systems I. (2-2) This course provides an introduction to ICD, CPT and other classifications and nomenclatures.  Emphasis will be placed on the assignment of diagnosis and procedure codes. Management and the use of encoding systems is examined.

HIM 4101 Problems in Health Information Management. (1-0) Comprehensive study of selected problems related to professional practice issues and changes in the health information management field. Emphasis will be on problem solving and application of management skills. May be repeated with permission of department chair.

HIM 4225 Health Information Management Research and Education. (2-0) A course of independent reading and research with the student completing a research project and developing an in-service instructional module. Emphasis is on the application of health information management theory and clinical practice. (WI)

HIM 4331 Health Information Management Research and Data Analysis. (3-0) An introduction to research methods and experimental inquiry to acquaint the student with skills to critique and conduct studies in the health information management domains. The course will also provide the foundation for compiling, analyzing, and displaying statistics related to the delivery of healthcare.

HIM 4363 Comparative Record Systems. (3-0) Theory and procedures for the maintenance and regulation of patient health information records in non-hospital medical care facilities to include long term care, ambulatory care, psychiatric care, rehabilitation and prison record keeping systems.

HIM 4364 Coding and Classification Systems II. (2-2) Continued study of ICD, CPT and other classifications and nomenclatures. The role of mapping among clinical terminologies is analyzed.  The relationship with inpatient and ambulatory care reimbursement systems is also explored.

HIM 4370 Finance and Reimbursement Methodologies for HIM. (3-0) Course will address the reimbursement cycle from patient registration to claims billing with an emphasis on federal regulations and the role of HIM regarding payment systems. Topics will include accounting principles, budget processes, cost/benefit analysis, healthcare finance, compliance strategies, charge-master and casemix management, and payment systems and plans.

HIM 4383 Seminar in Health Information Management. (3-0) Problem-solving course designed to assimilate actual internship encounters and theory. Emphasis is on integration of knowledge and making transition to the applications required to function as a health information manager.

HIM 4385 Health Information Management Practicum. (0-8) Assignments made to promote uniformity and competency levels required of entry-level health information management professionals with practical application of administrative, management, and problem-solving skills required to complete projects and portfolio material. (WI)

HIM 4388 Practicum. (0-8) Faculty-led administrative training for the associate degree health information progression student. Emphasis is placed on analysis of HIM personnel functions, interdepartmental relations, use of health information technology, and committee assignments. Full-time participation of the student is required.

HIM 4389 Professional Practice Experience. (1-40) Supervised management experience and training in a healthcare or related setting. Student will participate in administrative, management, and problem-solving activities in the institutional setting. Full-time participation is required. Option for health information associate degree and post-baccalaureate students. (WI)

HIM 4390 Contemporary Leadership Principles for HIM. (3-0) An analysis of the expanded role of the Health Information Management professional in the healthcare environment and application of the principles involved. Topics include strategic planning and forecasting, marketing, entrepreneurialism, leadership, motivation, consensus building, workforce diversity, change management, work redesign/reengineering, and project management. (WI) (MP)

HIM 4401 Organizational Management of Health Information Technology. (3-2) This course studies the integrated use of health information technology throughout the healthcare organization.  Students will evaluate how technology impacts the overall hospital operations from both a clinical and an administrative perspective, and will use planning and assessment tools to simulate health information technology system implementation.

HIM 4501 Professional Practice Experience. (1-40) Supervised management experience and training in a healthcare or related setting. Student will participate in administrative, management, and problem-solving activities in the institutional setting. Full-time participation is required in addition to scheduled campus visits. (WI)

 

Graduate Course Descriptions

HIM 5301 The Enterprise Electronic Health Record. (3-0) This course provides an in-depth analysis of the concept of an organization-wide electronic health record system. A major focus will be on the analysis of how this technology impacts overall hospital operations from both a clinical and administrative perspective.

HIM 5311 Informatics, Analytics, and Data Use. (3-0) This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of data analytics and decision support. A major focus will be quality-driven data-based decision making systems for business intelligence, consumer informatics and health information exchanges.

HIM 5320 Research Methods for HIM. (3-0) This course provides an introduction to research study design, methods, descriptive and inferential statistics needed to conduct research studies in the health information management domains. The foundation for compiling, analyzing, and displaying healthcare statistics needed to report and monitor healthcare statistics in the workplace will also be covered.

HIM 5340 Healthcare Informatics. (3-0) This course provides an overview and introduction to healthcare informatics. Topics in the course will include the information infrastructure, data needs, implementing healthcare information systems, decision making, privacy and security, consumer informatics and emerging technologies.

HIM 5341 Healthcare Terminologies and Vocabularies. (3-0) This course will provide an overview of healthcare terminologies, code sets and classification schemes, and associated standards. Mapping and the relationship of SNOMED to an administrative classification system such as ICD-9-CM will be explored. The purpose and differences encountered in mapping a terminology to a classification will be examined.

HIM 5342 Information Systems and Technology. (3-0) This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of health information technologies and information management strategic planning. A major focus will be design and selection of data-driven systems that offer strategic advantages, facilitate compliance and provide a return on investment.

HIM 5351 Data Security, Privacy, and Confidentiality. (3-0) This course provides a detailed assessment of how state laws and federal regulations influence the development and management of policies and technology to protect data security, privacy, and confidentiality of protected health information.

HIM 5363 Health Data Content Structure and Standards. (3-0) This course provides an in-depth study of the components and use of health records. Interoperability and healthcare informatics standards for collecting, maintaining and transferring healthcare data will be examined. The role of the HIM professional in developing an effective information governance program will be analyzed.

HIM 5370 Healthcare Finance and Revenue Cycle Management. (3-0) This course will focus on healthcare financial and revenue cycle/reimbursement management issues that impact the practice of Health Information Management. Specific topics covered include financial management, coding compliance, case mix index, revenue cycle, and reimbursement methods.

HIM 5380 Quality Improvement in Healthcare. (3-0) This course provides an in-depth study on quality improvement methodology to include data retrieval, display, outcomes analysis and the aspect of risk management for various sectors of healthcare. Mechanisms for promoting facility-wide participation in achieving optimum patient care as delineated in accreditation and government standards will be analyzed.

HIM 5382 Compliance for HIM Topics. (3-0) Compliance activities and methods will be covered for HIM topics to include HIPAA, fraud and abuse, coding auditing, severity of illness, data analytics, fraud surveillance, and clinical documentation improvement.

HIM 5390 Contemporary Leadership Principles for HIM. (3-0) This course explores the expanded role of the Health Information Management professional in the healthcare environment. Topics include public policy development, executive decision making, strategic business alliances, change management, enterprise wide strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, training and development, information governance, cultural diversity and ethics.

HIM 5397 HIM Directed Practicum. (0-10) This course provides a one semester, part-time practicum experience in a healthcare or related organization. Included is an orientation to the organization and completion of a project suitable for implementation at the site.

HIM 5399A Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in HIM 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.

HIM 5399B Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.