Online B.S. in Health Information Management – Courses
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The online BS in Health Information Management program at the University of Saint Mary requires the successful completion of undergraduate-level health information management courses as well as support courses and electives, for a total of 128 credit hours. All HIM online courses are taught by distinguished University of Saint Mary faculty.
The BS in Health Information Management program is a completion program. All courses below may not be required, depending on previous coursework. Please contact us at 877-307-4915 for a personalized curriculum plan.
HIM 200 Introduction to Healthcare (3 credits)
This course is an Idea Seminar and during the course of the semester the class will review the American healthcare system and then compare and contrast it with other nation's healthcare systems to evaluate our healthcare system's strengths and weaknesses. The United States is a melting pot of different cultures and by understanding other cultures and how they approach health care, the class will have a better appreciation of how healthcare is currently or should be delivered.
HCI 410 Health Information Systems (3 credits)
This course focuses specifically on the accounting information systems for healthcare. Key components are data integrity, image and record transfer, reporting systems, resource management, personnel systems, inventory and logistics management systems, and financial accounting systems. The focus is on the recognition and use of systems in the management process.
HCI 440 Healthcare Security (3 credits)
The implementation of security for information systems is comprised of: incident response, disaster recovery, network defense and countermeasures, forensics, firewalls, and referential integrity. Students use case studies to recognize intrusion patterns and countermeasures. Additionally, students design and develop plans to assist in the protection of sensitive materials.
HIM 350 Advanced Principles of HIM (3 credits)
This course provides special emphasis on the legal aspects of healthcare, data management, project management, and knowledge management.
HIM 410 Health Information Systems (3 credits)
This course focuses specifically on the accounting information systems for health care. Key components are data integrity, image and record transfer, reporting systems, resource management, personnel systems, inventory and logistics management systems, and financial accounting systems. The focus is on the recognition and use of systems in the management process.
HIM 430 Healthcare Quality Improvement (3 credits)
This course covers the components of quality improvement systems, using practical tools for problem solving, decision making, time management, and implementation of quality concepts and critical clinical pathways. Activities that provide the process of reviewing and evaluating healthcare services will be examined as well as topics related to utilization review and risk management will be explored.
HIM 450 Healthcare Reimbursement (3 credits)
Focusing on the American healthcare payment system, this course will cover reimbursement methodologies, approved code sets and their functionality, compliance with established national and organization coding guidelines, 3rd party and government payers, managed care, and revenue cycle management.
HIM 480 Research in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course is an applied approach to the use of health care statistics and the role it plays in health care decision-making. Topics include epidemiology and outcomes research with an emphasis on data analysis, interpretation, and presentation of results. Students will identify a research topic, perform a literature review, and write a research proposal suitable for acceptance by an Institutional Review Board.
HIM 500 Senior Seminar (3 credits)
This course is to monitor the student in the practical application of skills learned in a working environment. Students will be evaluated by faculty based on input from supervisors at internship locations. By Appointment. One to six hours as needed.
HIM 300 Principles of HIM (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the composition of the health record. The student will study the form, content, and regulations impacting the health record. Special emphasis is placed on how health care data is collected, stored, and managed throughout the American health care system.
HIM 330 Information Governance (3 credits)
This class presents a holistic approach to the management of a health care organization’s information through the implementation of processes, roles, controls, and metrics that treat information as an important asset. Follow’s the American Health Information Management Association’s eight principles for health care: Accountability, Transparency, Integrity, Protection, Compliance, Availability, Retention, and Disposition.
HIM 210 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
This course focuses on the study of the vocabulary and acronyms used in the health care industry. Students will learn to recognize, define and appropriately use the language of health care. In addition to basic language study, students will learn to use the vocabulary and acronyms appropriately in a series of written and oral exercises
CIS 360 Database Programming (3 credits)
This course is a study of database design and development techniques. Topics include data relational model, creating, reading, updating, and deleting tables in a database. Students will learn how to query, insert, join, constrain, trigger, and view in a programmatic way.
HIM 220 Principles of Disease 1 (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to medical science, including the etiology, treatment (including pharmacology), and prognosis of various diseases. Topics considered include diseases related to the autoimmune system, congenital and hereditary, neoplastic, and circulatory disturbances, cardiovascular, and lymphatic. Emphasis is given to the medical information as viewed from the standpoint of a health informatics or information management professional.
HIM 230 Principles of Disease 2 (3 credits)
This course is a continuation of HIM 220 and includes diseases related to the following: respiratory, breast, female and male reproductive, urinary, liver and biliary, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract, nervous, and musculoskeletal. Emphasis is given to the medical information as viewed from the standpoint of a health informatics or information management professional.
HIM 360 Healthcare Administration (3 credits)
The study of management practices in the health care industry. Areas studied include, but are not limited to: human resources, logistics, technology, inventory, physical plants, data flow, and work flow. Students use case studies to recognize and identify successful practices of industry leaders.
HIM 420 Health Care Coding: ICD (3 Credits)
This course provides the student with introductory rules and principles for International Classification of Diseases (ICD) coding, a discussion on the importance in accuracy in coding for diagnoses, in-patient procedural coding and DRGs, and compliance with NCCI requirements. The course will use sample exercises and medical records to develop skill and accuracy in coding in various health care settings as well as encoding software to enhance coding consistency, efficiency, and quality. Compliance with HIPAA regulations for the protection of patient confidentiality is emphasized throughout the course.
HIM 470 Health Care Coding: CPT (3 credits)
The emphasis of this course is on medical coding in non-acute settings. Students will develop an understanding of HCPCS coding with an emphasis on CPT. Codes will be assigned to workbook exercises, case studies, and actual outpatient records. The use of medical records to abstract data, evaluate documentation to support diagnoses will also be discussed. Codes will be assigned manually as well as with an encoder.
HIM 440 Professional Practical Experience (3 credits)
The course provides faculty supervised exposure to the multiple venues that health care is practiced and the role of the HIM professional. Lectures are coupled with onsite visits to selected health care sites and examine current workplace expectations of health information administrators, including behavioral, ethical, and practice competencies.
HIM 455 Coding Administration (3 credits)
This course explores the multitude of reasons why accurate coding is vital to many areas such as reimbursement, research, and even public health via epidemiology. Students will study the National Correct Coding Initiative and accurate coding drives both inpatient reimbursement through DRG’s and outpatient reimbursement through APC’s and Fee-For-Service. Strong emphasis will be given to determination of which codes sets apply to which healthcare settings. Students will also study medical necessity regulations such as NCD’s and LCD’s, etc. where diagnosis and procedure codes will determine approval or denial of services during preauthorization. Students will study the difference between hard and soft coding and the roles of HIM in both. Risks and benefits of a CAC will also be addressed. Today’s “Big Data” environment will be analyzed and how and we will address the need for clinical data generated from coding to be analyzed for trends in utilization, population health, morbidity, mortality, outcomes, etc. be addressed. Today’s “Big Data” environment will be analyzed and how and we will address the need for clinical data generated from coding to be analyzed for trends in utilization, population health, morbidity, mortality, outcomes, etc.
HIM 501 Health Care Internship (1 – 6 credits, as needed)
This course is to monitor the student in the practical application of skills learned in a working environment. Students will be evaluated by faculty based on input from supervisors at internship locations.