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Health Information Management

Health Information Management (HIM) is the principles and practices involved in sustaining, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information which is vital to providing both quality and continuity of patient care. It is a combination of business, science, and information technology. Health information professionals will continue to be critical components of the electronic health record (EHR) workforce.

HIM professionals work in a variety of healthcare settings which may include hospitals, ambulatory care centers, software companies, hospice, home health care, managed care and insurance providers. They are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and ensure patient health information and records are complete, accurate and protected.

Why HIM @ #DetroitMercy?

Your professors (and your classmates) will know your name

The size of the program allows for a high level of personal interaction with excellent faculty to create a supportive environment for your personal development. Small class sizes and accessible faculty ensure a very high level of engagement with our students.

Jump-start your career

You’ll gain real-world, hands-on experience through an internship. Often an internship will lead to permanent employment, since many employers hire their interns.

We’re one of a kind

Detroit Mercy boasts one of the few schools in the state offering an in-the-seat program. The University is a values-based organization; the HIM program’s curriculum includes a focus on values and ethics, which is critical for future caretakers of the Electronic Health Record (EHR).

Career opportunities

The growth in demand for health care informatics professionals has been fueled by the increased demand on health care in general by the aging population and government incentives. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22% growth rate from now to 2020 for HIM and related careers.

The education you receive in the HIM program, which is based in disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology and law, can prepare you to take on leadership roles in many settings across an array of healthcare environments.

An equally important part of health care

The Health Information Management (HIM) bachelor's degree is designed to prepare individuals to become leaders in the fast growing field of Health Information Management.

This program will appeal to the student:

  • Desiring to work in healthcare, but not directly with patients                                                                 
  • Interested in the legal, ethical, financial, information technology and clinical aspects of healthcare
  • Wanting a career that offers diverse employment opportunities

Based in values

We are a values-based organization; values and ethics are very important for future caretakers of the Electronic Health Record.

  • Few schools in Michigan offer this program, and Detroit Mercy is conveniently located in southeast Michigan.
  • Students begin taking HIM core classes during their first semester.
  • The program includes an internship where students will work directly with professionals in the field; employers typically hire their interns.

Admission Requirements and Resources

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    HIM Admission

    • Minimum 2.5 GPA for freshman students; 2.0 for transfer students
    • SAT or ACT score submitted for freshman students 
    • Accepted freshman applicants may be required to take Detroit Mercy placement tests in English composition and mathematics
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    Curriculum

    To achieve a bachelor of science degree in HIM, you must complete 126 credits, which include the Detroit Mercy core curriculum, and the major courses.

    Health Information Management (HIM) Curriculum Example

    Freshman
    Fall credits Winter credits
    BIO 2300 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab not required) 3 cr BIO 2320 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Lab not required) 3 cr
    HIM 2050 Medical Terminology 3 cr
    HIM 1090 Information Systems for Health Professionals 3 cr
    Sophomore
    Fall Credits Winter Credits
    HIM 2600 Management of Vital Health Data and Statistics 3 cr CIS 4505 Project Management 3 cr
    HIM 3100 Pathophysiology for Health Professionals 3 cr HIM 2800 Pharmacotherapy for Health Professionals 3 cr
    CIS  4060 Software Requirements and Design 3 cr HSA 3100 Health Care Law & Regulations 3 cr
    Junior
    Fall Credits Winter Credits
    HIM 3800 Healthcare Accreditation and Compliance 3 cr HIM 3700 ICD Classification Systems  3 cr
    HIM 3650 Healthcare Reimbursement and CPT Classification Systems 3 cr HSA 3585 Health Services Organization Management 3 cr
    CIS 4850 Information Assurance 3 cr CIS 4560 Database Design 3 cr
    HSA 3000 Accounting for Health Care Professions (HSA 4925 co-requisite) 3 cr HSA 4650 Health Services Financial Manatement (HSA 3000 pre-requisite) 3 cr
    HSA 4925 Synthesis of Management Applications (HSA 3000 co-requisite) 3 cr
    Senior
    Fall credits Winter credits
    HIM 4200 Healthcare Quality Improvement & Outcomes 3 cr HIM 4900 Health Information Management Internship** 3 cr
    HSA 4700 Evidence Based Research for HSA and HIM (STA 2250 pre-requisite) 3 cr HIM 4600 Leadership and Strategic Planning for Health Professionals 3 cr

    Total Credit Hours = 126      The last 30 credits prior to graduation must be taken at Detroit Mercy.
    **Senior year internship is 3 credits; the student will spend 168 contact hours during the internship experience

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    Outcomes

    Health Information Management (HIM) Program Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Domain I: Data Content, Structure & Standards (Information Governance)
    2. Domain II: Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy & Security
    3. Domain III: Informatics, Analytics and Data Use
    4. Domain IV: Revenue Management
    5. Domain V: Compliance
    6. Domain VI: Leadership

    Graduation and Employment Outcomes 2014-2017

    Year 2014 2015 2016 2017

    Receiving Degrees

    1 (100%) 2 (100%) 1 (100%) 5 (100%)
    Employed 1 (100%) 2 (100%) 1 (100%) 5 (100%)

    Employed in Field

    1 (100%) 2 (100%) 1 (100%) 4 (80%)

    Unemployed and Seeking Employment

    0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
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    Leadership Minor

    HIM students only need four courses for a Leadership Minor!

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    Additional HIM Resources

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