Curriculum | M.S. HIM Online

Outcomes

Upon completion of the Health Information Management program at The College of St. Scholastica, the graduate will be able to:

  • Acquire advanced knowledge and skills in healthcare data, information and knowledge management.
  • Evaluate, select and implement 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.

Onsite capstone experience

One required, on-site capstone experience in a retreat-like setting provides an invaluable opportunity to meet and interact in person with fellow students, professionals, faculty and staff.

Fee: $200.

More information about the onsite capstone experience

Course sequence

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Credential Track

Students who do not hold their RHIA credential begin with our foundational courses. The number of foundational courses may vary by student, depending on your previous experience. 

  • Computer competence  - Word, Excel, Access
  • BIO 2777 | The Human Body in Health and Disease (4)
  • HSC 2203 | U.S. Health Care System (4)
  • HIM 2102 | Pharmacology (1)
  • HIM 2110 | Concepts & Principles of HIM (2)
  • HIM 2111 | HIM Technologies in Practice (2)
  • HIM 3132 | Medicolegal Issues (4)
  • HIM 4777 | Management Principles (4)
  • CIS 3108 | Systems Analysis and Design (4)
  • HIM 4222 | Clinical Data Management (3)
  • HIM 4520 | Directed Practice (2)

Undergraduate total 30 credits
The number of foundational courses may vary per student.

  • HIM 6501 | Technology Applications in Healthcare (3)
  • HIM 6502 | Development of Clinical Information Systems (3)
  • HIM 6505 | Database Methods for Clinical Information Management (3)
  • HIM 6509 | Medical Vocabularies and Classification Systems (3)
  • HIM 6506 | Assessing Healthcare Quality (3)
  • HIM 6532 | Monitoring and Evaluating Health Programs (3)

RHIA exam eligible here

  • HIM 6508 | Healthcare Data Analytics (3)
  • CIS 6205 | IT Ethics and Security (3)
  • HIM 6545 | Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry (3)
  • HIM 6530 | Clinical Workflow & Process Redesign (3)
  • HIM 6524 | Strategic Management in Healthcare (3)
  • HIM 6523 | Graduate Seminar (1)

Capstone

Students in both tracks choose a capstone option.

Plan A - Research focused, with a final applied project.

  • HIM 6520 | Applied Project Research & Writing (3)
  • HIM 6522 | Final Applied Project (3)

Plan B - Choose 2 electives

  • CIS 6208 | Project Management (3)
  • HIM 6511 | Health Information Security Systems (3)
  • HIM 6529 | Change Leadership (3)
  • HIM 6531 | Best Practices/Implementation Strategies for the EHR (3)
  • HIM 6533 | Methods of Health Information Exchange (3)

Advanced Track

Students who already hold their RHIA credential should begin in the advanced track, which consists of 40 graduate credits.

  • HIM 6501 | Technology Applications in Healthcare (3)
  • HIM 6502 | Development of Clinical Information Systems (3)
  • HIM 6505 | Database Methods for Clinical Information Management (3)
  • HIM 6509 | Medical Vocabularies and Classification Systems (3)
  • HIM 6506 | Assessing Healthcare Quality (3)
  • HIM 6532 | Monitoring and Evaluating Health Programs (3)
  • HIM 6508 | Healthcare Data Analytics (3)
  • CIS 6205 | IT Ethics and Security (3)
  • HIM 6545 | Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry (3)
  • HIM 6530 | Clinical Workflow & Process Redesign (3)
  • HIM 6524 | Strategic Management in Healthcare (3)
  • HIM 6523 | Graduate Seminar (1)

Capstone

Students in both tracks choose a capstone option.

Plan A - Research focused, with a final applied project.

  • HIM 6520 | Applied Project Research & Writing (3)
  • HIM 6522 | Final Applied Project (3)

Plan B - Choose 2 electives

  • CIS 6208 | Project Management (3)
  • HIM 6511 | Health Information Security Systems (3)
  • HIM 6529 | Change Leadership (3)
  • HIM 6531 | Best Practices/Implementation Strategies for the EHR (3)
  • HIM 6533 | Methods of Health Information Exchange (3)

Course Descriptions

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Expand and Collapse CIS 6208 - IT Project Management

A discussion of the project management process through the framework prescribed by a project management certifying body. Providing an IT perspective of planning, estimating, leading, and monitoring projects. Students will not only use project management software, but will also explore communication and personnel issues related to project management. (8 weeks)

Expand and Collapse HIM 6501 - Technology Appl Health Care

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6502 - Develop Clinical Info Systems

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6505 - Database Methods Clin Info Mgt

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6506 - Assessing Healthcare Quality

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6508 - Healthcare Data Analytics

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6509 - Med Vocab & Classif Systems

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6511 - Health Info. Security Systems

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6523 - Graduate Seminar

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6524 - Strategic Management in Health

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6529 - Change Leadership

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6530 - Clinical Workflow & Process Re

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6531 - Best Practices/Implementation

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6532 - Methods of Healthcare Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6533 - Methods Health Info Exchange

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6545 - Corporate Compliance/HlthCare

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.

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