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Health Information Management (BS)

About the Health Information Management Bachelor Degree Concentration 

The Bachelor of Science in Management Degree with a concentration in Health Information Management develops functional management knowledge and skills combined with a broad overview of issues and challenges specific to the complex field of information management.  Graduates will have a solid foundation of knowledge in data content and structure, legal issues, healthcare reimbursement systems, and performance improvement methods required to meet the needs of the industry. 

The program focuses on the active involvement of the student in the learning process and the effective application of management theory through a proactive program of experiential opportunities. Such tasks as simulations, library research, team presentations and computer projects in a variety of healthcare management topics allow the students to combine theoretical “classroom” knowledge with practical real-world experience.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM), Health Information Management concentration will have the opportunity to achieve the learning objectives of the BSM, in addition to the following concentration-specific learning objectives:

  • Collect, analyze, monitor, maintain, retrieve, and report healthcare data in accordance with quality assurance principles
  • Use critical thinking as a framework for decision making in information systems issues in a variety of settings
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, and members of the health care team
  • Practice in a legal and ethical manner exhibiting accountability for all actions
  • Synthesize knowledge from health information management and other disciplines to promote optimal information system function.

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Health Information Management Career Track

The demand for credentialed health information management (HIM) professionals is increasing on account of the constantly evolving healthcare regulations and medical technologies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of health service managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

On top of strong job prospects, competitive salaries also await graduates. More than half of new health information graduates with bachelor's degrees start with salaries in the $30,000 to $50,000 range. By five years out, one can earn upwards of $50,000 to $75,000 annually.

Health information management (HIM) professionals work in a variety of different settings and job titles. They often serve in bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions.  Some career opportunities will include titles such as HIM Project Manager, Data Quality Manager, Revenue Cycle Manager, Privacy or Compliance Officer, HIM Department Director, Health Information System (HIS) Application Designee, or Coding Manager.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited December 29, 2018).
American Health Information Management Association, on the Internet at http://www.ahima.org/careers/healthinfo (visited January, 11, 2019)

Health Information Management Program Requirements 

The first two years of this program are comprised of the Associate in Science in Health Information Technology.

Third Year

Course Number Course Title  
AC121 Financial Accounting 3
EC101 Macroeconomics  3
EC102 Microeconomics  3
HM315 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3
HM320 Health Data Structure, Content, and Standard 3
HM325 Health Information Communication Technology  3
HM330 Health Information Systems 3
HM350 Classification and Reimbursement Methodologies  3
MG202 Human Resource Management  3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Total Credit 30

Fourth Year

Course Number Course Title  
AC122 Managerial Accounting 3
CS400 Project Management  3
HM425 Quality Management and Performance Improvement in Healthcare 3
HM430 Strategic Planning and Organizational Management in Healthcare 3
HM440 Healthcare Statistics  3
HM435 Senior Professional Practice  3
MG303 Managerial Communications  3
MG322 Leadership Development  3
PS315 Social Psychology  3
  Global Awareness Elective 3
  Total Credit 30

Students in this program must earn a C or higher in all courses taken for the degree