Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BS HIM)

The Health Information Management programs offered by UIC are designed to impart the knowledge and critical skills important for helping organizations develop and implement effective health information management strategies, advance the quality of patient care and safeguard the integrity of electronic health records. Many areas of study are covered in this CAHIIM-accredited, 100% online program to help prepare students for the various roles defined by health information management.

Modeled after the successful on-campus program, our 100 percent online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program explores relevant topics, such as data coding and reimbursement systems, quality management and health information systems. The cutting-edge curriculum provides skilled instruction in the management and use of information and information systems for healthcare planning and provision, resource allocation and executive decision making.

Pre-requisite Courses (60 total hours of Pre-Health Information Management courses) Completion of the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum plus the following specific courses or equivalent:

IDS 200
Introduction to Management Information Systems
Introduction to concepts and application of information technology for solving business problems and supporting organizational functions. Includes hands-on instruction on use of computer-based productivity tools.
4 hours

KN 253
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The structure and function of mammalian cells and tissues and human skeletal, muscular and nervous systems are discussed. Integrating the functions of the various systems is emphasized. Credit is not given for KN 253 if the student has credit for KN 251. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BIOS 100 or consent of the instructor.
4 hours

KN 254
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
The structure and function of the human endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, sensory and reproductive systems. Emphasis on integrating the functions of the various systems. Credit is not given for KN 254 if the student has credit for KN 252. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): KN 253; or KN 251.
4 hours

PSCH 242
Introduction to Research in Psychology, or STAT 101 Introduction to Statistics
Techniques and problems associated with the study of behavior. Emphasis on measurement, descriptive statistics and the principles of experimental design. Exercises involving data collection. Participation in research.
3 hours

BS in Health Information Management Required Courses (63 total hours)

BHIS 405
Medical Sciences and Human Pathophysiology
Introduction of fundamental concepts in pathophysiology. Specific disorders of major organ systems, including etiology, manifestations, diagnostic tests, treatment modalities, pharmacotherapy and complications. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Students who require a medical terminology component register for 4 hours and participate in both laboratory and lecture-discussion; all others register for 3 hours and attend lecture-discussion only.
3 hours

BHIS 406
Medical Terminology for Health Information Management
An Introduction to the medical terminology and pharmacology necessary to understanding the use of clinical vocabularies and classification systems in health information systems. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester.
2 hours

BHIS 410
Health Data Structures and Management
Data structures in clinical information systems, including database design and management, networking and security. Emphasis on entrepreneurial skills required to solve organizational information management problems. 3 hours

BHIS 460
Introduction to Health Informatics
Introduction to information technology and systems in a healthcare setting. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in HIM 410 or equivalent experience.
1 hour

BHIS 461
Information Systems for Health Information Management
Advanced topics in information technology and systems in a healthcare setting; collection, analysis and management of healthcare data; special issues related to the role of health information administrators. Extensive computer use required. 2 hours

BHIS 480
Management and Business Practices
Principles of management with emphasis on business functions, procedures and organizational structure as applied to various healthcare settings, including private and institutional practice.
3 hours

HIM 317
Principles of Health Information Management
Introduction to the data elements that comprise the patient’s health record. Includes data collection, processing and records management. Lab practice.
4 hours

HIM 319
Alternative Health Records
Health information systems in alternative care settings, including records management, quality assessment, and special registries for diagnoses and other patient care classifications. Directed Practice. Meets eight weeks of the semester.
4 hours

HIM 320
Technical Affiliation
Orientation to health information management practice via assignments in affiliated institution’s medical records department.
2 hours

HIM 329
Legal Aspects of Health Information Management
Principles of law, confidentiality, and ethics, and their application in the healthcare field with particular reference to health records
3 hours

HIM 337
Analysis of Healthcare Data
Healthcare and research statistics, including data display. Collection, evaluation and interpretation of healthcare data will be covered. Includes a laboratory section.
4 hours

HIM 343
Quality Evaluation and Management
Examination of processes, internal and external to an organization, used to measure, evaluate and improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare.
3 hours

HIM 361
Human Resources Management
Fundamentals and tools of systems analysis. Students participate in a systems analysis project for directed practice experience. Focus is on healthcare computer applications and facilities design and layout.
4 hours

HIM 367
Systems Analysis
Fundamentals and tools of systems analysis. Students participate in a systems analysis project for directed practice experience. Focus is on healthcare computer applications and facilities design and layout.
3 hours

HIM 374
Health Information Research
Student research project applying research principles and methodology to clinical data. Use of statistical software in laboratory section. Presentation of findings in written articles and oral presentation.
3 hours

HIM 377
Current Issues in Health Information Management
Discussion of current issues relevant to the health information management profession.
2 hours

HIM 384
Clinical Practicum
Supervised management activities in an affiliated healthcare facility allowing the student to develop insight, understanding and skill in medical record/health information practices, procedures and administration.
5 hours

HIM 410
Introduction to the Healthcare System
Overview of the U.S. Health Services System, including its organization and management, economic support system, healthcare workforce and delivery system. Extensive computer use required.
3 hours

HIM 432
Coding and Classification Systems
Introduction to nomenclatures and classification systems with an emphasis on the ICD-9-CM coding system. Other selected systems also discussed. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 405 and HIM 451.
3 hours

HIM 433
Coding and Reimbursement Systems
ICD-9-CM coding for reimbursement, CPT-4/HCPCS coding, data quality management and management reporting. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 405 and HIM 432.
4 hours

HIM 481
Healthcare Financial Management
An introduction to the principles of healthcare finance, sources of healthcare revenue, expenses and budgeting. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 480 or HIM 453 or equivalent experience. 2 hours

Proficiency Credit* (24 hours)

BHIS 405
Medical Sciences and Human Pathophysiology
Introduction of fundamental concepts in pathophysiology. Specific disorders of major organ systems, including etiology, manifestations, diagnostic tests, treatment modalities, pharmacotherapy and complications. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Students who require a medical terminology component register for 4 hours and participate in both laboratory and lecture-discussion; all others register for 3 hours and attend lecture-discussion only.
3 hours

BHIS 406
Medical Terminology for Health Information Management
An Introduction to the medical terminology and pharmacology necessary to understanding the use of clinical vocabularies and classification systems in health information systems. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester.
2 hours

HIM 317
Principles of Health Information Management
Introduction to the data elements that comprise the patient’s health record. Includes data collection, processing and records management. Lab practice.
4 hours

HIM 319
Alternative Health Records
Health information systems in alternative care settings, including records management, quality assessment, and special registries for diagnoses and other patient care classifications. Directed Practice. Meets eight weeks of the semester.
4 hours

HIM 320
Technical Affiliation
Orientation to health information management practice via assignments in affiliated institution’s medical records department.
2 hours

HIM 329
Legal Aspects of Health Information Management
Principles of law, confidentiality, and ethics, and their application in the healthcare field with particular reference to health records
3 hours

HIM 386
Independent Study
An optional course where students perform lab work, field work, and/or in-depth descriptive studies regarding topics related to health information management. May be repeated to a maximum of 5 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor and enrollment in health information management or health informatics program.
3 hours

HIM 410
Introduction to the Healthcare System
Overview of the U.S. Health Services System, including its organization and management, economic support system, healthcare workforce and delivery system. Extensive computer use required.
3 hours

 

In addition, the following credit may be granted by proficiency exam** (7 hours)

HIM 432
Coding and Classification Systems
Introduction to nomenclatures and classification systems with an emphasis on the ICD-9-CM coding system. Other selected systems also discussed. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 405 and HIM 451.
3 hours

HIM 433
Coding and Reimbursement Systems
ICD-9-CM coding for reimbursement, CPT-4/HCPCS coding, data quality management and management reporting. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 405 and HIM 432. 4 hours

Required Courses after Proficiency Credit (32 hours)

BHIS 410
Health Data Structures and Management
Data structures in clinical information systems, including database design and management, networking and security. Emphasis on entrepreneurial skills required to solve organizational information management problems.
3 hours

BHIS 460
Introduction to Health Informatics
Introduction to information technology and systems in a healthcare setting. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in HIM 410 or equivalent experience.
1 hour

BHIS 461
Information Systems for Health Information Management
Advanced topics in information technology and systems in a healthcare setting; collection, analysis and management of healthcare data; special issues related to the role of health information administrators. Extensive computer use required.
2 hours

BHIS 480
Management and Business Practices
Principles of management with emphasis on business functions, procedures and organizational structure as applied to various healthcare settings, including private and institutional practice.
3 hours

HIM 361
Human Resources Management
Emphasis on personnel management, including hiring, discipline, union relations, in-service education and productivity measurement. Students develop and present an in-service program. 4 hours

HIM 367
Systems Analysis
Fundamentals and tools of systems analysis. Students participate in a systems analysis project for directed practice experience. Focus is on healthcare computer applications and facilities design and layout.
3 hours

HIM 374
Health Information Research
Student research project applying research principles and methodology to clinical data. Use of statistical software in laboratory section. Presentation of findings in written articles and oral presentation.
3 hours

HIM 377
Current Issues in Health Information Management
Discussion of current issues relevant to the health information management profession.
2 hours

HIM 384
Clinical Practicum
Supervised management activities in an affiliated healthcare facility allowing the student to develop insight, understanding and skill in medical record/health information practices, procedures and administration.
5 hours

HIM 452
Quality Management and Data Analysis
Examination of processes used to measure and improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare, including healthcare and research statistics and data display. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): HIM 410, HIM 451 and HIM 454.
4 hours

HIM 481
Healthcare Financial Management
An introduction to the principles of healthcare finance, sources of healthcare revenue, expenses and budgeting. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 480 or HIM 453 or equivalent experience.
2 hours

 

Plus, if not receiving proficiency credit by exam (7 hours)

HIM 432
Coding and Classification Systems
Introduction to nomenclatures and classification systems with an emphasis on the ICD-9-CM coding system. Other selected systems also discussed. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 405 and HIM 451. 3 hours **

HIM 433
Coding and Reimbursement Systems
ICD-9-CM coding for reimbursement, CPT-4/HCPCS coding, data quality management and management reporting. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 405 and HIM 432. 4 hours **

* Proficiency Credit – Graduates of an associate’s degree program in Health Information Technology accredited by the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), who also hold current Registered Health Information Technical Certification or who provide a transcript of equivalent course work and demonstrate proficiency by exam, may receive up to 24 hours of proficiency credit.
** Students with a current RHIT, CPC, CCA, CCS, CCS-P coding credential and demonstrate proficiency via an exam may receive proficiency credit for HIM 432 and HIM 433.

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