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Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics & Health Information Management

Course Descriptions

The information below is subject to change. You can always refer to the course syllabus, the course catalog and the time schedule for official current quarter courses. The total credits listed on this page exceed the required credits of 78 because of changing course credits that can span two academic years. 

Required Courses

HIHIM 400: Health Care Language

Credits: 3

This course is designed for HIHIM majors to compile a working vocabulary in health care and to explain clinical documentation.  The course will strengthen student competence to read, write, comprehend, and speak the language used by various health providers and administrators.

HIHIM 405: Health Data Analytics

Credits: 3
This course covers the process of and tools used in evaluating health data using analytical and logical reasoning to examine each data component.

HIHIM 408: Management Concepts with HIM Applications

Credits: 4
This course covers management principles from a health information management perspective and core management functions of planning, organizing, staffing, delegating, leading and controlling; theories of management, both traditional and contemporary; leadership concepts in HIM; change management; human resource management; employment law; performance management; and HIM organizational structure.

HIHIM 409: Disease Concepts for Managers

Credits: 4
This course teaches students to develop a methodology for understanding and communicating dimensions of disease states as well as all health states that a person might experience. The course presents clear, effective ways to describe the diversity of health conditions and focuses on disease from a health information systems perspective.

HIHIM 410: Foundations in Health Information Management

Credits: 4
This course focuses on the basics of health information through study of the creation and maintenance of health records, access to and retention of health information, accreditation, licensure and professional standards in acute care hospitals and alternate care facilities.

HIHIM 411: Health Data Management

Credits: 3
This course addresses the governance and management of health care data through exploration of data assets and linking the assets to standards and quality. Specifically, we'll examine health data governance, health data management, health data security management, health data quality management, health care enterprise content and record management, and health data architecture management.

HIHIM 413: Revenue Cycle Management

Credits: 3

This course features a review of the revenue cycle and reimbursement methodologies. You'll be introduced to coding, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), billing and reimbursement of health care services, claim denials and appeals, ethics as they relate to revenue cycle functions, and the application of rules and regulations that govern billing and reimbursement. 

HIHIM 414: ICD, Clinical Documentation & Revenue Management

Credits: 4
This course is designed to provide a more in-depth study of ICD-10 coding and clinical documentation improvement. You'll study the ICD code sets for diagnosis and procedure coding, clinical documentation to support ICD code assignment, and practical application of coding guidelines for accurate and compliant data collection and reimbursement in different health care settings. 

HIHIM 415: CPT/HCPCS, Clinical Documentation & Revenue Management

Credits: 5
In this course we'll study CPT/HCPCS code sets and the documentation requirements for reporting these codes. You'll study the CPT and HCPCS code sets, CAC (computer-assisted coding) and other coding technologies, and practical application of coding guidelines for accurate and compliant data collection and reimbursement in different health care settings. 

HIHIM 420: Health Care Computer Systems & Electronic Health Records

Credits: 5
This course builds on the basic framework of patient and health records as the core element of complex clinical and administrative systems, networks and communication that comprise electronic health record (EHR) systems in integrated delivery systems and alternative settings. It introduces the large health care informatics issues of today — patient safety and information technology (IT), EHR systems’ definition and functions, decision support, informatics standards, information security and change management associated with HIM roles and EHR implementation management. 

HIHIM 421: Health Information Systems Analysis

Credits: 5
This course examines lifestyle systems development process and tools, project management and team coordination, analysis of health information systems, and user requirements. 

HIHIM 425: Research Design & Statistics for HIHIM

Credits: 3
This course builds on foundational knowledge of statistics to support clinical operations, management and research. The course will address mathematical calculation, display and practical approach to interpreting descriptive statistics used to manage utilization and decision making based on key health care indicators. You'll study significant characteristics of a data set and how to make inferences about a population based on data collected from a sample — applying principles of research study design and understanding the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. You'll also apply analytics and critical thinking to public data sets. This course is offered jointly with BIOST 406 and STAT 406.

HIHIM 450: Health Care Delivery & Policy

Credits: 5
This course addresses the organization of health care services across the spectrum of health care delivery systems — both governmental (federal, state and local) and private. We'll also explore the financing of health care services and related policy issues.

HIHIM 454: Finance Concepts for Health Care Managers

Credits: 4
The health information manager must be familiar with budgets and the budgeting process, as well as with basic financial tools to make the best decisions regarding limited institutional resources. This course will provide you with a basic introduction to accounting terminology and principles as well as a practical understanding of basic financial and budgeting concepts and tools required of the health information manager. You'll apply your knowledge in a budget preparation exercise.

HIHIM 455: Leadership & Strategic Management

Credits: 4
This course focuses on leadership and strategic management for enterprise-wide health information and information governance initiatives; evaluates organizational ethics and culture for situations impacting HIM and health informatics; and analyzes individual interpersonal skills and professional and personal goals.

HIHIM 456: Quality Improvement in Health Care

Credits: 5
This course focuses on quality improvement, risk management and utilization management; management of quality improvement systems; use of data systems in quality assurance; and health data retrieval, analysis and presentation.

HIHIM 460: HIHIM Professional Pathways

Credits: 3
This course gives HIHIM students a practice-based extension of curriculum concepts. It covers the systems and issues present in various health informatics and information management settings in the community through seminars and site experience.

HIHIM 461: Professional Development & Networking

Credits: 2
This course addresses actions that you'll need to take to enter and be competitive in the health care workplace. You'll prepare a professional portfolio, engage with a mentor from the health informatics and health information management practice community, and prepare for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) national credentialing examination.

HIHIM 462: Capstone Project

Credits: 5
This course is an applied project management course where you'll work with clinical and HIHIM program faculty to complete a formal project in health informatics and health information management. Projects are identified and solicited from local and regional organizations, including providers, health care organizations, government agencies and vendors. You'll present your project deliverables in a formal presentation to classmates, faculty and community partners. 

HIHIM 470: Legal Concepts for Health Fields

Credits: 3
This course examines principles of law as applied to the health field, with reference to health information management.

HIHIM 480: HIM Operations & Project Management

Credits: 5
The health information professional is a manager and a leader. The manager and leader is a person who gets things done through and with other people and by using an array of managerial tools. This course is designed to introduce you to managerial tools used by HIM professionals to accomplish the mission of the health informatics and health information management department in a health care organization at the operational level. These tools enhance the health information manager’s likelihood of making the best decisions in their role as an agent of the organization. You'll also learn strategies you can use to identify problems, implement appropriate solutions, and effectively communicate and execute those solutions.