Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT)

HIMT Class of students

Health Information Management and Technology professionals govern, analyze and protect digital and traditional health information which is vital to healthcare data and providing quality and consistent patient care.

The HIMT program at Detroit Mercy is a comprehensive, CAHIIM-accredited and HIMSS-partnered program which includes a 120-credit bachelor of science, an 18 credit minor and a 24 credit post-baccalaureate certificate. Students may opt to take the HIMT courses either online or in-seat and complete their chosen HIMT program of study within a global campus.

In our mobile society, personnel, patients and data are increasingly crossing international boundaries and HIMT professionals need global skills for the effective governance and security of health information and data. We build alumni with the knowledge and skills of how healthcare business, data systems and health information operate independently and within the global network of healthcare.

HIMT professionals are found in all healthcare areas and fill leadership, business, strategic planning and administrative positions, and will continue to be leaders within the healthcare workforce. These professionals have titles like: 

  • Clinical Documentation Specialist
  • Compliance Officer(s)
  • Credentialing Specialist
  • Data Integrity Analyst
  • Data Analytics Specialist
  • Data Quality Specialist
  • Data Quality Manager
  • Director of Risk Management
  • Healthcare Data Analyst
  • Health Information Administrator/Manager/Director
  • Information Security Specialists
  • Information Governance Specialist
  • Insurance Benefits Coordinator
  • Medical Chart Auditor
  • Medical Coders
  • Medical Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Medical Fraud Examiner/Specialist
  • Medical Technology Development
  • Privacy and Security Officers
  • Quality Improvement Analyst
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Revenue Cycle Specialist
  • Utilization Specialist

Why this accreditation matters

CAHIM Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)

The Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management and Technology at the University of Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).

CAHIIM is a globally recognized accreditation organization for Health Informatics and Health Information Management education programs which ensures the development of a workforce that meets the challenges of an information-intensive environment and its impact on global health.

CAHIIM accreditation allows Detroit Mercy graduates eligibility to apply and take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination in their last term of study or after graduation.

RHIA Credentials

Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination

The RHIA credential is a globally recognized credential administered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), a member of the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA). Job opportunities for RHIAs exist in multiple settings throughout the healthcare industry.

These include hospitals, provider offices, out-patient clinics/surgery centers, long-term care, hospice, mental health facilities and anywhere patient care is provided.

Michigan Medical Group Management logoThe HIMT program has an educational collaborative partnership with the Michigan Medical Group Management Association which provides students the opportunity to engage with medical office professionals around Michigan. 

Why Chose HIMT at Detroit Mercy?

  • Detroit Mercy is a values-based education organization.
  • The HIMT program offers a Bachelor of Science, a minor and a Post-Bachelaurate certificate.
  • We provide a program with a global focus to the practice of HIMT.
  • Students begin taking HIMT core classes during their first semester.
  • HIMT Classes are offered online allowing you to “attend class” at your convenience.
  • You will complete a professional practicum experience which focuses on serving the healthcare underserved.
  • By providing small classes your professors (and your classmates) will know your name.
  • Graduation from a CAHIIM accredited program will allow you the opportunity to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credentialing exam.
  • A Bachelor of Science, minor or Post-Bachelaurate Certificate in Health Information Management and Technology at  Detroit Mercy will also provide you the opportunity to specialize and prepare for the following international recognized credentialing exams:
    • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA)
    • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP)
    • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS)
    • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam
    • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM)
    • Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) (not CAHIMA)
    • Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) Certified Physician Practice Executive (CMPE)

Vision

The vision of the Health Information Management and Technology program at the University of Detroit Mercy is to produce globally prepared leaders in the health information management profession who are able to transform, interpret and administer healthcare data to improve healthcare delivery and patient safety.

The Detroit Mercy HIMT program has a:

  • 100% completion rate
  • 99% satisfaction rate

Goals

  1. To prepare students to professionally and ethically practice health information management technology within a global healthcare system.
  2. To prepare students to manage healthcare data, perform quality/performance assessments and apply the principles of organizational and human resources management to health information management technology.
  3. To prepare students with the knowledge, skills and characteristics needed to successfully earn the Registered Health Information Management Administrator credential.

Why did I come to Detroit Mercy?

Lundrell Johnson

I chose the HIM program at Detroit Mercy because of the broad range of specialties within health care where I believe that I can truly make a difference.


—Lundrell Johnson, Class of 2019

Contact us

Pat DeVoy, PhD, EdS, RHIA
Program Chair
College of Health Professions Room 333
313-993-1565
 devoyps@udmercy.edu


Paula Strussione, BS, MHSA '19
Academic Coordinator
College of Health Professions Room 115
313-578-0569
pstrussi@udmercy.edu 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predictes a 22% growth rate within the HIM field is expected through 2022
 
CNBC states two of the ten most in-demand jobs in the US are Information Security Analysts and Health Services Managers, both positions filled by HIM professionals.

The Detroit Mercy HIMT program has met the rigorous standards of delivering healthcare IT education and training by receiving status as an Approved Education Partner (AEP) through Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Please view the Letter of Program Approval.

The HIMT program is an educational partner with Health Information and Management Security Systems--an international HIM/Technology organization.