Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Masters - HIM Track

First Year
Fall SemesterHours
HI 600 Health Information Management3
HI 601 Medical Concepts3
*HI 621 Clinical Classification Systems I (1 semester hour)
Total6
Spring SemesterHours
HI 609 Information Technology & Applications3
HI 630 Health Information Systems3
*HI 622 Clinical Classification Systems II (1 semester hour)
Total6
Summer SemesterHours
HI 606 Management of Health Information Services and Systems3
HI 634 Development of Electronic Health Information Systems3
*HI 623 Clinical Classification Systems III (1 semester hour)
Total6
Second Year
Fall SemesterHours
HI 610 Topics in Privacy, Security, Legal Aspects of Health Information3
HI 611 Research Design and Statistics in Health Informatics3
*HI 624 Clinical Classification Systems IV (1 semester hour)
Total6
Spring SemesterHours
HI 632 Databases & Knowledge Management3
HI 613 Health Care Performance Improvement Strategies3
*HI 681 Professional Practice Management Experience I (1 semester hour)
Total6
Summer SemesterHours
HI 615 Health Care Reimbursement and Financial Management3
HI 699 Capstone in Health Informatics & Information Management3
*HI 682 Professional Practice Management Experience II (1 semester hour)
Total6
Total Credit Hours for Degree36
*Total Credit for RHIA Eligibility42


*Elective necessary for RHIA eligibility


Course Descriptions - Health Information Management Track

HI 600. Health Information Management. Health information systems in various settings, including record content, record retention requirements, accreditation and licensure, filing and numbering systems, vital statistics, electronic health records, documentation requirements, quality assessment and reimbursement methodologies. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HI 601. Medical Concepts. A study of current clinical concepts in diseases and their treatments with emphasis on medical language, specified diseases and their causes, lesions, manifestations and treatments. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HI 606. Management of Health Information Services and Systems. Development of managerial and leadership skills for managing health information services through group interaction, projects and reading; principles and policies of human resource management including interviewing, evaluating and compensating with emphasis on health care settings. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HI 609. Information Technology and Applications. Overview of health care data and methods of applying information technology to health information functions including collection, storage, management, analysis and reporting of health care data and information; the impact of selected national health information initiatives on health information systems. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HI 610. Topics in Privacy, Security and Legal Aspects of Health Information. Principles of law and their application in the health care field, the health record as a legal document, release of information, confidential communications, consents, authorizations, and risk management. HIPAA and HITECH requirements for privacy and security. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HI 611. Research Design and Statistics in Health Informatics. Health informatics research design and statistics. Special focus on critical review and techniques of applied research. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HI 613. Health Care Performance Improvement Strategies. Principles of performance improvement applied to health care organizations. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HI 615. Health Care Reimbursement and Financial Management. A study of the relationship between health information management and health care reimbursement. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HI 621. Clinical Classification Systems I. Overview of classification systems for diagnoses and procedures; case mix classifications; relationship between various classifications and provider reimbursement mechanisms. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)

HI 622. Clinical Classification Systems II. Classifying diagnoses. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)

HI 623. Clinical Classification Systems III. Classifying inpatient procedures. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)

HI 624. Clinical Classification Systems IV. Classifying outpatient procedures. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)

HI 630. Health Information Systems. An examination of health informatics topics, including the electronic health record, clinical information systems, health care policy analysis and development, technology and data standards, health information exchange and consumer health informatics. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HI 632. Databases and Knowledge Management. A study of advanced use of health care data and knowledge management that addresses database methods in healthcare, data administration, data architecture, data modeling, data dictionary development, advanced data search and access techniques (data mining), advanced information/data analysis and presentation techniques. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HI 634. Development of Electronic Health Information Systems. A study of technology applications used in healthcare, including electronic health records, that emphasizes project management, user interface design, system selection and security management. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

HI 681. Professional Practice Experience I. In this supervised professional practice experience, students will spend 40 clock hours observing and/or practicing health information administration in affiliated health care organization(s) (or organizations that support or regulate health care organizations or health care professionals). A minimum of 5 additional clock hours will be spent preparing project reports and presenting findings to faculty and/or fellow students. Projects completed will relate to didactic courses taken previously or concurrently. (Practicum internship) (1 semester hour)

HI 682. Professional Practice Management Experience II. Building on "Professional Practice Experience I," this supervised professional practice experience requires the student to spend 40 clock hours practicing health information administration in an affiliated health care organization (or one that supports or regulates health care organizations or health care professionals). A minimum of 5 additional clock hours will be spent preparing project reports and presenting findings to faculty and/or fellow students. Projects completed will relate to didactic courses taken previously or concurrently. (Practicum internship) (1 semester hour)

HI 683. Special Topics Professional Practice Management Experience. In this elective supervised professional practice experience, students will spend 40 clock hours per semester credit hour practicing health informatics or information administration in affiliated health care organization(s) (or organizations that support or regulate health care organizations or health care professionals). A minimum of 5 additional clock hours per semester credit hour will be spent preparing project reports and presenting findings to faculty and/or fellow students. Projects completed will relate to areas of special interest to the student. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of program director (Practicum internship) (1-6 semester hours)

HI 690. Special Topics. Elective covering selected issues, problems, research techniques, materials and policies. Content varies. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of program director (Lecture) (1-3 semester hours)

HI 699. Capstone in Health Informatics and Information Management. A study of methods of identifying and researching problems in health informatics and information management. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)