Health Information Management and Technology (HIM) Minor

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A global career opportunity

Behind every hospital, urgent care facility, medical clinic and practice is a cadre of Health Information Management professionals who have the education and training needed in business, medical science, data analytics and technology to manage protected health information and healthcare operations.

The Health Information Management professionals govern, analyze and protect digital and traditional health information, which is vital to healthcare data and providing quality and consistent patient care. And they are employed by some of the world’s largest health care systems.

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28% expected job growth from 2021-31 for Medical and Health Services Managers

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TOP 10

Information security analysis and health service managers are in the top ten most in-demand jobs.

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Online Classes

At the University of Detroit Mercy's HIM Minor program classes are available online to provide you the flexibility to attend them based on your schedule. 

Career Possibilities

HIM professionals serve in all healthcare areas and settings.  A few of their roles include

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

After starting in my current position as director over a very busy primary care and behavioral health clinic, I set out to supplement what was lacking in two critical areas of my education.

Detroit Mercy had two classes I was able to take as an audit student: Classifications and Nomenclatures and Healthcare Reimbursement. These two courses served as a staple in the development of my overall career success. I only wished the University of Detroit Mercy had a minor program during my time as a student there.

—Kenneth D. Rates, MHSA, MBA

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    Course Requirements

    The 18-credit hour Health Information Management and Technology (HIM) minor is available to students currently pursuing a University of Detroit Mercy major in other areas.

    By adding this minor, a student with a computer science-based major can expand his or her employment opportunities to the healthcare sector. Alternately, students with health care majors in Nursing or Health Services Administration can expand their employment options with health information management skills to become administrative leaders within the HIM healthcare workforce.

    With an HIM minor, you will gain proficiency in healthcare data analyticsstandardized healthcare nomenclature, healthcare reimbursement and information governance as applied within the global scope of health information management and health services administration.

    Students are required to complete the following 18 credit hours. No courses may be completed for pass/fail.

    • HIM 1090 Information Systems for Global Healthcare
    • HIM 2600 Global Healthcare Data and Statistics
    • HIM 3400 Healthcare Revenue Cycle
    • HIM 3750 Healthcare Classifications Systems
    • HIM 3900 Clinical Documentation and Management of Health Information
    • HIM 4250 Quality and Security of Health Information
    Medical terminology will be briefly covered throughout the HIM minor courses. It is recommended students complete HIM 2050 Medical Terminology for a broader introduction and application of medical terminology.

    Internationally recognized credentialing exams:

    • A minor 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)

HIM Objectives


The vision of the Health Information Management Minor program at 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.

Learning Goals

Student who complete the Health Information Management Minor will be prepared to

  • Professionally and ethically practice health information management technology within a global healthcare system.
  • Manage healthcare data, perform quality/performance assessments and apply the principles of organizational and human resources management to health information management technology.