Master of Science in Health Information Management

Master of Science in Health Information Management

Brief Description of the Discipline

The Health Information Management (HIM) discipline is focused on ensuring the integrity of health care information and the confidentiality of that information. Today's HIM professionals team with technology professionals and healthcare clinicians and administrators to develop, implement and maintain software and data systems that support efficient work processes and provide authorized access to pertinent information for use in patient care, education and research.
Department Chair: Ryan Sandefer, MA, CPHIT
Program Director: Amy Watters, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA

Programs

Master of Science in Health Information Management
The HIM graduate program is structured to facilitate the career advancement of practicing health information management professionals; however, it has evolved to also facilitate the growth of those committed to joining the health information discipline as new healthcare professionals. The program is offered in a distance learning format, with courses conducted primarily online, and two one-week onsite intensive sessions required on campus in Minnesota or California. It emphasizes quality health care data and information as the foundation for organizational information and knowledge management systems. The curriculum is designed to prepare professionals to thrive in an information-driven healthcare environment. It prepares individuals for responsibilities in areas such as health care data resources administration, health care data privacy and security oversight, strategic and operational information resource planning, clinical data analysis, information systems development and implementation.

St. Scholastica's Master of Science in Health Information Management program was the first in the nation to be approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) in December 2001, and later accredited by CAHIIM, the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, in 2011. As a result, completion of the MS in HIM Program grants eligibility to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credentialing examination offered by AHIMA.

To accommodate those who are new to the HIIM profession as well as those who are already credentialed in the field, the program is designed to allow two different entry points. Non-credentialed students begin with the credential track which provides foundational course work to prepare the student to sit for the RHIA exam leading to completion of the MS in HIM. Students who are already credentialed enter the program through the advanced track.

Credential Track
The credential track begins with undergraduate courses to prepare students for the RHIA exam and provide a foundation for progression to the graduate-level courses.

Required courses:
Undergraduate: BIO 2002*, HSC 2203*, HIM 2102*, HIM 2110*, HIM 2111*, HIM 3132*, HIM 4315*, CIS 3108*, HIM 4222*, HIM 4520*

Graduate: HIM 6501*, HIM 6502*, HIM 6505*, HIM 6506*, HIM 6508, HIM 6509*, HIM 6523, HIM 6524, HIM 6530, HIM 6532*, HIM 6545, CIS 6205 and 2 courses from either Plan A or Plan B

Plan A (research-focus/FAP completion): HIM 6535, HIM 6536
Plan B (content-focus/ choose 2 electives): HIM 6511, HIM 6529, HIM 6531, HIM 6533, HIM 6540, CIS 6208

Total required credits: 70

*These courses cover the RHIA competencies as specified by CAHIIM. Upon successful completion of these courses (48 credits), the student is eligible to sit for the RHIA exam.

Advanced Track
Required courses: HIM 6501, HIM 6502, HIM 6505, HIM 6506, HIM 6508, HIM 6509, HIM 6523, HIM 6524, HIM 6530, HIM 6532, HIM 6545, CIS 6205 and 2 courses from either Plan A or Plan B

Plan A (research-focus/FAP completion): HIM 6535, HIM 6536
Plan B (content focus/choose 2 electives): HIM 6511, HIM 6529, HIM 6531, HIM 6533, HIM 6540, CIS 6208

Total required credits: 40

Certificates

The department offers two graduate level certificate programs designed to prepare healthcare professionals for responsibilities associated with planning, developing, implementing, using and/or evaluating computer-based data and information systems to their daily practice environments. These programs are offered in a distance learning format and generally can be completed in three semesters or less. The courses that comprise each certificate program may also be applied to the department's Master's degree program.

Healthcare Informatics
This program focuses on the application of computers to generate, validate, secure and integrate healthcare data so it can be effectively utilized to support the decision-making activities of clinical and administrative professionals.
Required courses: HIM 6501, 6502, 6505, 6507, 6508, 6509.
Total required semester credits: 18

Health Information Management and Exchange
This program focuses on the collection, management, exchange, and analysis of electronic health information in a secure and confidential manner.
Required courses: HIM 6501, HIM 6502, HIM 6505, HIM 6509, HIM 6511, HIM 6533.
Total required semester credits: 18

Departmental policies

Applicants must submit:

Official transcripts of all college coursework;
An essay describing work experience and career goals;
A completed Computer Competency form and;
Two completed Graduate Recommendations.

Admission

For all programs, students must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants with international transcripts or non-citizen status should consult with an Admissions Representative for additional requirements.

A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 system is required. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required, but may be requested if the applicant's GPA is below 3.0. All prerequisite course work must be completed with a grade of "C" or above.

Retention

Credit toward the degree or certificate will be given for courses with a grade of "C" or better; students are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A maximum of six graduate semester credits may be transferred from another college or university if approved by The College of St. Scholastica. The Master's degree program and each of the certificate programs must be completed within seven years. Credits more than seven years old as of the date of graduation will not count toward the degree or certificate completion.

Departmental Outcomes

The MS in HIM Program prepares and challenges students to:

  • acquire advanced knowledge and skills in healthcare data, information, and knowledge management.
  • evaluate, select, and implement information technologies to manage healthcare data resources.
  • leverage health information to drive integrated clinical and administrative decision-making, strategic planning, and outcomes management.
  • take the leadership role in establishing an organizational culture that embraces the ethical use of confidential information and information technologies.
  • introduce appropriate change management strategies while leading organizations toward the use of excellent health information technology systems.
  • apply effective communication skills and strategies in interactions with multidisciplinary and multi-facility professionals.
  • assume increasingly challenging administrative positions in complex provider organizations and related entities in the healthcare arena.
  • thrive professionally in a practice environment that is undergoing fundamental change.

The Healthcare Informatics certificate program prepares and challenges students to:

  • acquire advanced knowledge of the principles and legal/regulatory requirements of healthcare data and information management.
  • evaluate, select, and implement information technologies to manage healthcare data resources and create efficient work processes.
  • leverage health information to drive integrated clinical and administrative decision-making.
  • take an active role in creating an organizational culture that embraces the ethical use of confidential information and information technologies.
  • apply effective communication skills and strategies in interactions with multidisciplinary and multi-facility professionals.
    thrive professionally in a practice environment that is undergoing fundamental change.

The Health Information Management and Exchange certificate program prepares and challenges students to:

  • acquire advanced knowledge of the principles and legal/regulatory requirements of healthcare data and information management.
  • evaluate, select, and implement information technologies to manage healthcare data resources and create efficient work processes.
  • leverage health information to drive integrated clinical and administrative decision-making.
  • take an active role in creating an organizational culture that embraces the ethical use of confidential information and information technologies.
  • facilitate the exchange of health information in a secure manner.
  • apply effective communication skills and strategies in interactions with multidisciplinary and multi-facility professionals.
  • thrive professionally in a practice environment that is undergoing fundamental change.
HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses HIM Courses

HIM 6501 - Technology Appl Health Care - 3 cr.
Introduction to current and emerging technology applications and data standards in the healthcare industry and how they relate to the collection of patient data and conversion to health information. Legacy, client server-based, and web-based systems examined, along with emerging technologies that support the creation of the electronic health record (EHR). Emphasis is on systems integration, systems security and the processes for evaluating and selecting applications that address organizational goals and functional requirements. Prerequisite: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.


HIM 6502 - Develop Clinical Info Systems - 3 cr.
Focused on providing students with the expertise to conceptualize and strategically plan and build the appropriate health information infrastructure for supporting the knowledge requirements of the healthcare organization. Topics to be addressed include information systems theory and strategic planning; clinical information systems applications and operations analysis, data and technical infrastructures for the electronic health records; information system acquisition and implementation and the regulatory, standards and ethical environment and future trends in health information systems. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of HIM and US Healthcare System, HIM 6501, or permission of the department.

Prerequisite Course: HIM 6501


HIM 6505 - Database Methods Clin Info Mgt - 3 cr.
Addresses database theory, methodologies for database design and issues related to database administration. Emphasis is on requirements and methodologies for assuring data integrity and security in healthcare enterprise information systems, specifically in relationship to the database environment. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of HIM and US Healthcare System, or permission of the department.

Prerequisite Courses: HIM 6502, HIM 6503


HIM 6506 - Assessing Healthcare Quality - 3 cr.
Assess outcomes research activities, exert leadership in implementing clinical outcomes measurement projects/programs within healthcare organizations and systems. The course focuses on the role patient-centered outcomes information plays in assuring that healthcare systems are able to establish cost-effective clinical practices that do improve the health, functional status and well-being of healthcare consumers, and accreditation and legislative initiatives impacting healthcare outcomes activities. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of department.

Prerequisite Courses: HIM 6504, PSY 3330, PSY 3331, PSY 5470


HIM 6507 - Project Management - 3 cr.
Project management, including the development of a project charter with emphasis on developing the competencies and skills required to successfully lead teams of clerical, technical and professional specialists through workflow and work process redesign activities within a healthcare organization or system. Criteria and techniques for evaluating the features, functionality and usability of project management (PM) software packages; advanced level skills in using a PM application to create a project plan, schedule tasks and resources effectively, communicate with stakeholders, as well as track and report progress for both simple and complex projects. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of department.

Prerequisite Courses: HIM 6502, HIM 6505


HIM 6508 - Healthcare Data Analytics - 3 cr.
Covers the techniques, strategies and the need/use of Information Technology (IT) tools for data collection, data analysis, reporting and knowledge management. Offers learners the foundational terminology, concepts, models, processes and tools associated with decision support and knowledge management systems to leverage data into information and knowledge enhance care processes, data quality, cost effectiveness and decision-making, ultimately increasing the strategic acumen of the organization. Prerequisites: Finance or Accounting and HIM 6505, or permission of the department.

Prerequisite Courses: HIM 6503, HIM 6505, HIM 6506, MGT 6550


HIM 6509 - Med Vocab & Classif Systems - 3 cr.
The representation of clinical data through the use of medical vocabularies and clinical classification systems. Emphasis is on developing expertise in identifying appropriate clinical classification systems and medical vocabularies, identifying their appropriate uses and sources, and applying them within and among health information systems to promote effective communication. Prerequisite: HIM 6501 or permission of department.

Prerequisite Courses: HIM 6501, HIM 6503, HIM 6506, HIM 6508


HIM 6511 - Health Info. Security Systems - 3 cr.
Strategies for designing, implementing, auditing and evaluating the technical, physical and human components of an information security system that maintains a patient's privacy and adheres to a healthcare organization's legal, ethical and organizational requirements Prerequisites: Acceptance to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.

Prerequisite Course: HIM 6501


HIM 6520 - Applied Proj Research/Writing - 3 cr.
The Final Applied Project starts with this course; methods of project research and writing are introduced and practiced. The student develops a project proposal and benchmarks the proposed project against existing applications in the field. Activities include selecting the topic, developing a problem definition/problem statement and the rationale for the selected applied project, developing a literature review, defining a design/solution model for the applied project product, and finalizing a Final Applied Project Proposal. Prerequisites: HIM 6501 and HIM 6502.

Prerequisite Courses: HIM 6501, HIM 6502, HIM 6503


HIM 6522 - Final Applied Project - 3 cr.
Working with an assigned Final Applied Project advisor, the student completes the applied project and prepares a project report to be submitted to the department for final approval. The goal of the Final Applied Project is to increase students' cognitive sophistication through an activity that requires reading, thinking, and writing, to only further the student's education, and make a meaningful contribution to HIM practice. Prerequisite: HIM 6520.

Prerequisite Courses: HIM 6520, HIM 6521


HIM 6523 - Graduate Seminar - 1 cr.
A capstone seminar in which students present the results of their Final Applied Projects and explore current issues relative to the field of Health Information Management in a rapidly changing health care delivery system. Prerequisite: HIM 6522.

Prerequisite Course: HIM 6522


HIM 6524 - Strategic Management in Health - 3 cr.
Explores the theory and leadership practice of strategy, strategic thinking and strategic management in healthcare for success in changing and turbulent times. Focus is on the phases of environmental assessment, business planning, implementation and evaluation. Prepares students to lead through organizational change, innovation, strategic management and execution. The course serves as a core curriculum capstone for the HIM program and requires students to synthesize and integrate lessons learned in their previous courses.


HIM 6525 - Clinical Informatics in Practi - 3 cr.
Provides nursing and other clinical professionals with the knowledge, skills and attitudes for participation in the planning, acquisition, design, management, and use of electronic health records and other health information technology. Topics include information systems theory and strategic planning; clinical information systems applications, data and technical infrastructures for an electronic health record system; information system acquisition and implementation, and the regulatory, standards and ethical environment of health information systems.


HIM 6529 - Change Leadership - 3 cr.
Develop a systems-based way of thinking about leadership and how people function in the workplace, self-assess leadership thinking and behavior, establish goals for a higher level of leadership functioning, integrate System-based Leadership and Change Managementâ„¢ with models of change management and transition and identify patterns of behavior that sabotage change in your system and internalize behavior for leading change in your organization. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.


HIM 6530 - Clinical Workflow & Process Re - 3 cr.
This course explores how ancillary & clinical processes are designed and integrated together with the flow of information throughout a healthcare facility to bring decision-making value to healthcare professionals though quality information gathered in the most effective and efficient ways. Topics to be addressed include theory of quality and process improvement, workflow redesign, modeling techniques, use case scenario descriptions, clinical process reengineering, relationship to system infrastructure preparation and system build, outcomes measurement, and impact of change on organizational climate. Prerequisites: HIM 6502 or permission of the department.


HIM 6531 - Best Practices/Implementation - 3 cr.
Covers components of EHR implementation as identified through best practices case studies. Examine how the EHR impacts patient care through the availability of information and clinical decision support, create and use rules and clinical protocols/tools for the EHR, and develop training methodologies. Prerequisites: HIM 6502 or permission of the department.

Prerequisite Course: HIM 6502


HIM 6532 - Methods of Healthcare Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research - 3 cr.
Explores methods and processes used to systematically collect and measure information for the purpose of program evaluation. The course integrates several knowledge and skill areas including: research methods, statistics, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.


HIM 6533 - Methods Health Info Exchange - 3 cr.
This course explores the concepts of health information exchange across diverse systems and networks. The development, role and future of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) is includes as are other federal, state and national initiatives related to sharing of health information in a secure and confidential manner. The impact of information exchange on seamless delivery of patient care is explored. Case studies are utilized to analyze various methods of data and information exchange. Prerequisites: Acceptance to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.


HIM 6535 - FAP Research I - 3 cr.
Provides students with an opportunity to identify and research a topic related to Health Informatics and Information Management and explore it in detail. The student will develop a research plan, identify and finalize the research topic, develop a research design utilizing appropriate methods and analysis, and submit an IRB proposal.

Prerequisite Course: HIM 6532


HIM 6536 - FAP Research II - 3 cr.
Provides students with an opportunity to conduct in-depth research on a topic related to Health Informatics and Information Management. The student will continue the research they began in HIM 6535, culminating in the completion of a Final Applied Project. The student will deploy a data collection instrument, collect and analyze the data, and submit a written report summarizing their research and analyzing results that support their recommendation/conclusion.

Prerequisite Course: HIM 6535


HIM 6540 - Revenue Cycle Enhancement - 3 cr.
Identify processes and develop strategies to enhance the performance of the healthcare organization's revenue cycle. Investigate each component of the process, along with mechanisms to monitor their efficiency and effectiveness. Learn to identify areas needing improvement, and techniques to implement and sustain those improvements in order to maximize cash flow. Prerequisite: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.


HIM 6545 - Corporate Compliance/HlthCare - 3 cr.
Addresses a growing need to adequately train health care leaders in the field of health care compliance and various topics in health care compliance, including corporate compliance (fraud and abuse), privacy, risk management and identity theft. Essential elements of a corporate compliance program will be presented as well as primary federal legislation addressing fraud and abuse. Privacy of patient information will be discussed in terms of the HIPPA and HITECH regulations. Risk management concepts will be presented as well as identity theft as relates to medical identity theft. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.


HIM 6777 - Special Topics in HIM - 1-3 cr.
A special offering presented by the HIM graduate program to present new and/or emerging developments in the field of health information management.


HIM 6900 - Continuing Enrollment Final AP - 0 cr.
Required registration for continuing work on the final applied project. Students not completing the Final Applied Project within one academic year after registering for HIM 6522 must register for HIM 6900 each semester until completion of the Final Applied Project.


HIM 6999 - Independent Study in HIM - 1-3 cr.
Opportunity available, with the approval of the graduate advisor, for a student to pursue a special project or special studies in an area of health information management that is not covered by the existing curriculum.