Health Informatics and Information Management

The Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) major at ResU is in demand.

Graduates of this program will earn a bachelor’s degree that can lead to a career filled with potential. HIIM professionals are found in many departments within traditional healthcare organizations. They are also routinely employed in government agencies, insurance organizations, research settings, and education.

For more information regarding careers, view the HIM Career Map


About the ResU HIIM Program

Program content is covered online and is also experienced on campus or in clinical affiliations. Students can generally expect to have class one night per week, and the program can be completed in about two years.

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HIIM Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills within the HIIM domains of practice
  • Communicate effectively throughout the health care spectrum
  • Model professional behaviors that adhere to professional standards, practice and ethical decision making in the workplace
  • Plan, implement and assess business interventions for institutions with diverse cultures in a variety of settings
  • Serve as role models for others in the profession through acquisition of appropriate credentials and through active involvement in professional organizations
  • Apply personal attitudes and attributes critical to HIIM professional leadership

RHIA Certification

As a ResU HIIM graduate, you will be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be credentialed as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)*.


*The HIIM program is accredited as a Health Information Management baccalaureate degree program under the current Health Information Management Standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is the accrediting organization that establishes quality standards and monitoring processes for degree-granting programs in health informatics and information management. When a program is accredited by CAHIIM, it means that it has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has been determined to meet or exceed the accreditation standards.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA®) certification examination.


HIIM Course Descriptions

Course # HIIM Course Titles Credits
HIM 3100

Introduction to HIIM & Lab

An introduction of the principles and procedures used in health record organization maintenance and retention, numbering and filing systems and procedures, forms control and design, and microfilming. The functions and duties of the health information administrator and purpose/uses of the health record in the healthcare delivery system are emphasized.

4
HIM 3105

Human Resource Management in Healthcare

A study of the principles of managing HIM departments in acute care hospitals and other healthcare settings. This course provides an opportunity for students to apply theoretical learning to traditional HIM managerial responsibilities and in the expanded role of the HIM professional.

3
HIM 3110

Health Information Management Systems

This course provides an introduction to healthcare information systems, database management, data quality, and system design. In this course general computer office applications and healthcare specific information technology applications are presented and used. Technology that supports patient care and the benefits of healthcare technology are emphasized in this course. The student’s major product for this course will focus on information systems as related to workload, quality improvement, resource utilization, and data management.

3
HIM 3115

Comparative Records

Theory and procedures for management of health information in non acute care hospital settings to include long term care, ambulatory care, psychiatric care, rehabilitation care, prison care, and health information exchange settings.

2
HIM 3210

Professional Communication

This course provides students with an overview of communicating with a broad spectrum of healthcare team members including physicians, nurses, administrators, allied health professionals, and patients and their representatives. Written, oral, and technology based communications are addressed with a focus on professionalism and cooperative communication.

 2
HIM 3220

Introduction to Classification Systems & Lab

Introduction to ICD-CM, CPT and other classification systems and nomenclatures Manual coding of diagnoses and procedures in the acute healthcare setting will be performed and electronic encoding systems will be introduced and used.

4
HIM 3331

Applied Legal and Ethical Aspects of HIIM

This course is an in-depth study of the legal issues in health informatics and information management with a focus on statutory and regulatory requirements, case law and practical applications. Special legal problems associated with access to patient information, disposition of records, confidentiality and privacy, reporting requirements and compliance with state and federal legislation are emphasized. This course is also an introduction to healthcare ethics and emphasizes ethical decision making as well as participation in research and bio-ethics committees in healthcare organizations.

4
HIM 3335

Health Information Systems Strategies and Applications

This course introduces a variety of computer system infrastructure concepts including architecture, data communication, and network topologies. Intermediate level relational database design theory is also emphasized. Data model development, data structure design, data normalization and data relationships are emphasized and applied to create a healthcare related database.

3
HIM 3400

Quality Improvement

This course presents regulatory agency requirements for quality improvement, utilization management and risk management concepts. Other topics include, credentialing, peer review, pay for performance, recovery audit contracts and other quality performance based programs.

3
HIM 3450

Directed Experience

This course will allow students to develop insight and understanding of the healthcare delivery system as related to health informatics and information management responsibilities and procedures. This is a supervised clinical experience in the basic operations of traditional (hospital based) &/ non-traditional health information management settings.

2
HIM 4110

Classification, Nomenclature and Indexing of Health Data & Lab

Continued study of ICD-CM, CPT4 and other classification and nomenclature systems The relationship between medical coding and healthcare reimbursement is introduced.

4
HIM 4115

HIIM’s Role in Assessing and Implementing Health Information Technologies

This course studies the concept of integrating organization wide health information technology. Students will evaluate how this technology impacts overall operations in healthcare settings from both a clinical and administrative perspective. The system development life cycle and basic project management theories are addressed.

3
HIM 4200

Budget and Finance for the Healthcare Setting

This course is an overview of healthcare finance to include payer mix, bond rating investment and capitalization, accounting principles, budget process, cost benefit analysis and other financial analysis tools.

3
HIM 4203

Project Management

This course introduces the concept of project management through theory and applied learning methods. Students, working in teams or individually, will complete health informatics and information management based projects in this course.

4
HIM 4320

Healthcare Reimbursement

This course addresses the revenue cycle in acute healthcare organizations from the point of patient registration through claims billing with an emphasis on federal regulations and the role of HIIM in the revenue cycle management process. Compliance strategies, charge master, case mix management, and payment systems and plans are introduced.

3
HIM 4420

HIIM Statistics & Research

This course introduces the concept of research in the HIIM profession. Students will complete an assigned research project to include quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. Healthcare statistics are also introduced in this course.

3
HIM 4525

Data Analysis and Lab

Collection, analysis, display, interpretation and management of healthcare data are addressed in this course. Definitions, sources, computations, reporting systems and methods of quality statistical process control will be explored in relationship to the management of health information. The use of data in research will also be explored.

4
HIM 4600

Leadership in HIIM

Comprehensive study of selected HIIM professional practice problems. Students will use scenario based and simulated situations to apply leadership skills. Critical thinking and problem solving are key components of this course.

2
HIM 4650

Professional Practice Experience

Supervised management experience and training in a healthcare or related setting Student will participate in administrative, management, and problem solving activities in the institutional setting.

4

Application Deadlines

July

15

Fall HIIM Program

November

15

Spring HIIM Program