Program Overview

The joint master's program consists of 58 credits between the Health Information Management and IT Leadership programs. The courses include 51 credits of core courses and seven credits of a research sequence. The course work is a collaborative experience with involvement from faculty in both programs to integrate research and practices from both disciplines.

Two on-site sessions in a retreat-like setting provide an invaluable opportunity to meet and interact in person with fellow students, professionals, faculty and staff.

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Credential track

The joint master's program also includes a new credential track for students who have not earned their RHIA credential. This track consists of 88 credits.

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)
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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse BIO 2777 - Topics

Lower-division courses on one-time-only basis. Classes can be developed to respond to student interest in specific areas of current interest. The number of class hours equals the number of credits. Prerequisite: instructor permission.

Expand and Collapse CIS 3108 - Systems Analysis & Design

An in-depth focus on the five phases of the systems development lifecycle. Topics include: preliminary investigation, physical and logical documentation, detailed investigation of requirements and alternative specifications, analysis and design techniques, implementation considerations, development of logical and physical data flow diagrams, data modeling, prototyping, CASE tools and the use of GANTT and PERT charts. A sample project is introduced and is integrated using the SDLC methodology. Prerequisite: CIS 3107.

Expand and Collapse CIS 6105 - Strategies of Information Technology

Discussion of best practices in information technology (IT) with focus on how IT is used strategically in different organizations. The current trends in IT are studied and how IT infrastructure is changing in light of these trends. Case studies of specific organizations will be analyzed. (8 weeks)

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 2102 - Intro to Pharmacotherapeutics

An introduction to the variety of drugs used for disease treatment for each body system. A general understanding of how drugs work, their potential and limitations, as well as their diversity and number will be explored.

Expand and Collapse HIM 2110 - Concepts & Principles of HIM

Overview of the concepts, principles and practice of the field of health information management; professional roles within the field; professional organizations and the professional Code of Ethics; the content and structure of manual, computerized and hybrid health record and the standards that govern the development of a patient record within a health care facility; creation and management of health documents and e-forms.

Expand and Collapse HIM 2111 - HIM Technologies in Practice

Application of technology to HIM practice including electronic health records, clinical information systems, management information systems in HIM; this course will focus on hands on experience with electronic systems including the Academic Electronic Health Record (AEHR) via AHIMA’s virtual lab and other technology applications for creating, managing, and storing and retrieving electronic health data. Prerequisite: HIM 2110.

Expand and Collapse HIM 3132 - Medicolegal Issues

Study of the U.S. judicial system; hospital, medical staff and other professional liability; health information as evidence; consent for treatment; retention and release of medical information; the health record as a legal document; risk management, prevention and potential; confidentiality of health information; and a patient's right to know. Prerequisite: HIM 2110.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4222 - Clinical Data Management

Managing coded data in healthcare organizations; uniform data sets and healthcare informatics standards for health data collection; evaluation of data quality; DRGs, MS-DRGs and other case mix systems; revenue cycle management; data collection for enterprise; reportable and specialized databases; data mining of healthcare data. Prerequisite: HIM 3211.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4520 - Progression Program Directed P

Directed Practice is a component of the professional practice experience for distance/online program with no or minimal current work experience in health information services. The focus is on the common functions, procedures and staffing requirements in hospital-based health information services. Prerequisite: HIM 2110 and HSC 2203.

Expand and Collapse HIM 4777 - Topics in HIM

Courses not a part of the regular Health Information Management curriculum but taught because of a special need, interest or opportunity.

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 6520 - Applied Proj Research/Writing

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6522 - Final Applied Project

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.

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 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 6532 - Monitoring & Evaluating Hlth P

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 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.

Expand and Collapse HSC 2203 - U.S. Health Care System

Course covers the history and development of the healthcare system in the United States; health in society today; types of healthcare institutions and services, organizational structure, roles of healthcare professionals and functions of hospitals and other health facilities; accountability in healthcare and the role of government in healthcare, introduction to current models of health financing.

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