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 2002 | Human Body in Health & Disease (4)
  • HSC 2203 | U.S. Health Care System (4)
  • HIM 2102 | Intro to Pharmacothereapeutics (1)
  • HIM 2110 | Concepts & Principles of HIM (2)
  • HIM 2111 | HIM Technologies in Practice (2)
  • HIM 3132 | Medicolegal Issues (4)
  • HIM 4315 | Management Tools and Strategies (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 2002 - The Human Body in Health and Disease

Combined material of Anatomy/Physiology, Pathophysiology and Medical Terminology as necessary as background basis for students in the Health Information Management graduate program. Intended for online HIM graduate students who have not completed the sequenced courses at the college level. Topics include: Chemistry/Cell Biology Basics, Neoplasia, and the Anatomy/Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Circulatory, Nervous, Musculo-Skeletal, Urinary, Respiratory, Digestive, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems.

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 6101 - Leadership Communication

An examination of the importance of leadership theories and styles, and the essential importance of communication. Oral and written communication methods will be studied to determine how effective communication is integral to the success of IT initiatives. Topics include communicating complex ideas, collaboration in a team environment, and using communication to lead a team and work effectively with complex interpersonal and team processes. (8weeks)

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 6248 - IT Change Leadership

This course will focus on leveraging information technologies to affect change from an individual, team and organizational perspective. 21st century leaders must understand the strategic importance of change in their organizations. More and more, it is the IT leader that is expected to lead this change efficiently and effectively. This course will provide IT leaders with the opportunity to explore current change literature and apply it to their professional and personal situations.

Expand and Collapse CIS 6575 - Optimizing Intellectual Capital

An in-depth study of the methods and techniques organizations use to effectively discover, capture, manage, and reuse knowledge assets. During this course, students explore the approaches used to design, implement, and apply knowledge management and business intelligence practices as well as the cultural and technical environments needed to support these practices.

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 4315 - Management Tools and Strategies

Problem solving and decision making techniques; performance and production monitors; tools and techniques for process improvement and workflow analysis; project management; financial management concepts essential for managing departmental operations; the healthcare financial environment; financial statements, capital and operational budgeting. Prerequisite: HIM 3311.

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 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 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 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 6535 - FAP Research I

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.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6536 - FAP Research II

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.

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.

Expand and Collapse PRM 6119 - Strategic Decision Making

An examination of the methods used to make informed and ethical strategic decisions. The course provides a review of qualitative and quantitative methods applied to the decision making process. Topics include goal setting, systems thinking, cost-benefit analysis, contingency planning, decision trees, risk assessment, and decision evaluation.

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