BS in Health Information Management
If you want to work in the healthcare industry, but don’t want to care for people directly, then this degree might be for you. With a broad healthcare background, you may seek employment in all levels of healthcare and interact with a wide spectrum of other healthcare professionals. The health information management program mission aims to prepare learners from all backgrounds in the disciplines of health information management, health information technology, and analytics and provide qualified professionals in their community.
What is a Health Information Management Degree?
Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting the medical information of patients. A health information management degree trains students to become skilled in the latest technology and understand the workflow of healthcare providers, from large hospital systems to private practice. Healthcare providers are required to keep their electronic patient records secure, creating a growing demand for individuals who can create and manage this process. They are vital to daily operations and managing electronic health records. With your health information management degree, you too can play a vital role in how the healthcare industry protects patient information.
As an HIM degree professional, you will learn about the latest technology and understand the workflow of healthcare providers, from large hospital systems to private practice. You will be integral to daily operations and manage electronic health records. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree program, you will be able to:
Analyze health data structure, content, standards, clinical classification systems and reimbursement methodologies;
Manage strategic planning and organizational development;
Compare and contrast health statistics, biomedical research, quality management, and performance improvement strategies used in health care;
Examine driving factors influencing healthcare organization, delivery systems, healthcare privacy, confidentiality, and legal and ethical issues;
Evaluate emerging applications in health informatics;
Evaluate emerging healthcare trends in information and communication technology, information systems and data security; and
Analyze the process of job analysis, staffing, appraisal and compensation, training, career planning, and organizational development.
Total number of credits required: 120 credits
General Education Requirements: 43 credits*
Major Course Requirements: 70 credits*
Electives: 17 credits
You must earn a minimum of 30 upper-division credits. Also, you must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 in all major coursework attempted at the University.
* In this program, 10 credits from the major may also satisfy General Education requirements.