Health Information Management
Health Information Management (HIM) is the principles and practices involved in organizing, tracking and maintaining digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. HIM is a growing profession where skilled workers are in high demand.
Studying HIM prepares you for an important career in an extensive job market, and our curriculum also prepares you to be a leader in Health Information Management and Health Informatics. Studying HIM will give you values and ethics skills very important to future caretakers of the Electronic Health Record. The opportunities for a life-long career in HIM have never been brighter.
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).
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 and Health Informatics.
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.
- Students will have hands-on experience with the Electronic Health Record used in many local healthcare organizations.
Admission Requirements and Resources
- 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
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. The HIM degree is offered jointly by the College of Health Professions (CHP) and the College of Liberal Arts and Education (CLAE) Computer and Information Systems Department.
Health Information Management (HIM) Curriculum Example
Freshman Fall 15 credits Winter 15 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. ENL 1310 Academic Writing* 3 cr. CST 1010 Fundamentals of Speech 3 cr HSA 3010 Overview of Health Care Systems 3 cr. HIM 2050 Medical Terminology 3 cr MTH 1010 Algebra or MTH 1020+1030+1040* 3 cr. PHL 1000 Intro to Philosophy 3 cr CIS 1000 Intro to Computers (or 3 credit elective) 3 cr. HIM 1090 Information Systems for Health Professionals 3 cr Sophomore Fall 18 Credits Winter 15 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. ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics 3 cr. HSA 3100 Health Care Law & Regulations 3 cr. OB3A Social Science course 3 cr. OB4B any 2000-level RELS or CAS course 3 cr. CIS 4060 Software Requirements and Design 3 cr. OB5A History course 3 cr. OB4C any PHL, RELS or CAS course 3 cr. Junior Fall 16 Credits Winter 18 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. OB5C Aesthetic course 3 cr. STA 2250 Statistics 3 cr. HSA 3000 Accounting for Health Care Professions (HSA 4925 co-requisite) 3 cr. HSA 4650 Health Services Financial Management (HSA 3000 pre-requisite) 3 cr. HSA 4925 Synthesis of Management Applications (HSA 3000 co-requisite) 1 cr. Elective 3 cr. Senior Fall 15 credits Winter 14 credits HIM 4200 Healthcare Quality Improvement & Outcomes 3 cr. HIM 4900 Health Information Management Internship** 3 cr. OB5D Comparative course 3 cr. HIM 4600 Leadership and Strategic Planning for Health Professionals 3 cr. HSA 4700 Evidence Based Research for HSA and HIM (STA 2250 pre-requisite) 3 cr. Elective 3 cr. OB5B Literature course 3 cr. Elective 3 cr. OB6B Contemporary Social Problems 3 cr. Elective 2 cr.
Total Credit Hours = 126 The last 30 credits prior to graduation must be taken at Detroit Mercy.
*These classes require a placement test
**Senior year internship is 3 credits; the student will spend 168 contact hours during the internship experience
Health Information Management (HIM) Program Student Learning Outcomes
Domain I, Subdomain I.A.1: Evaluate, implement and manage electronic applications/systems for clinical classification and coding.
Domain I, Subdomain I.A.4: Evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic and procedural coding.
Domain I, Subdomain I.B.1: Verify that documentation in the health record supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient’s progress, clinical findings, and discharge status.
Domain I, Subdomain I.B.2: Compile organization-wide health record documentation guidelines.
Domain I, Subdomain I.C.4: Advocate information operability and information exchange.
Domain II, Subdomain II.A.2: Analyze legal concepts and principles to the practice of HIM.
Domain II, Subdomain II.B.1: Analyze privacy, security and confidentiality policies and procedures for internal and external use and exchange of health information.
Domain III, Subdomain III.B.2: Take part in the planning, design, selection, implementation, integration, testing, evaluation, and support of health information technologies.
Domain III, Subdomain III.C.4: Analyze clinical data to identify trends that demonstrate quality, safety, and effectiveness of healthcare.
Domain V, Subdomain V.C.1: Determine policies and procedures to monitor abuse or fraudulent trends.
Domain VI, Subdomain VI.A.1: Take part in effective negotiating and use influencing skills.
Graduation and Employment Outcomes 2013-2014
Employed in Field
Unemployed and Seeking Employment
HIM students only need four courses for a Leadership Minor!
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