Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (PBC 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.

The program’s advanced curriculum presented 100 percent online offers a solid foundation in health information theory and practice. As a student, you will have the opportunity to expand upon your bachelor’s degree education and gain the coveted leadership and management skills that can help you thrive in today’s ever-evolving healthcare industry.

Pre-requisite Courses (may be waived in some instances or may be completed at another college/university)

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

Required Courses

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 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 580
Practicum in Health Informatics
Field experience under supervision of a professional expert in a health informatics setting that is consistent with the student’s area of study and career goals. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.
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

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 451
Health Information Management Theory and Practice
Introduction to the data elements and health information systems that comprise the patient’s health record in acute and alternative settings, including records management and registries. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in HIM 410 or equivalent experience.
4 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 453
Principles of Management and Human Resources
Principles of law, confidentiality and ethics, and their application to health records, including risk management and security in clinical information systems. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 460.
4 hours

HIM 454
Legal Aspects, Risk Management and Security of Health Information
Principles of law, confidentiality and ethics, and their application to health records, including risk management and security in clinical information systems. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 460.
3 hours

HIM 455
Health Information Systems Analysis and Design
Advanced topics in information technology and systems in healthcare. Collection, analysis and management of healthcare data. Fundamentals and tools of systems analysis and design. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 460 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

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