Minor in Health Information Management and Technology

Why minor in Health Information Management and Technology?

HIM students

The answer is simple: Employment possibilities.

This 18-credit Health Information Management and Technology minor is available to students currently pursuing a Detroit Mercy major in areas other than Health Information Management.

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 HSA and these skills can expand their options and become business or administrative leaders in the healthcare workforce.

With an HIMT minor, you will gain proficiency in standardized nomenclature, healthcare reimbursement, ICD coding, and information governance used within health information management and health services administration, all necessary skills in the global healthcare system.

Course Requirements

Students are required to complete the following 18 credit hours. It is recommended that HIM 1090 be taken first but courses may be completed in any sequence. No courses may be completed for pass/fail.

  • HIM 1090 Information Systems for Global Healthcare
  • HIM 2600 Global Healthcare Data and Statistics
  • HIM 3650 Healthcare Reimbursement and CPT Classifications
  • HIM 3700 ICD Classification Systems 
  • HIM 3900 Clinical Documentation and Management of Health Information
  • HIM 4200 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.

Why this minor compliments a HSA degree


    A letter from Ken Rates, MHSA, MBA

    February 21, 2018

    To Whom It May Concern,

    I am writing this letter in support of a Health Information Management Minor program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Having been in healthcare for over six years, most notably as a director over a very busy primary care and behavioral health clinic, much of my success can be attributed to my education.

    Masters’ degrees in Health Services Administration and Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy have served as a cornerstone to developing a working knowledge of the healthcare industry. However after starting in my current position as director, it was immediately apparent that my education had severely been lacking in two critical areas.

    The world of Healthcare Reimbursement and ICD Coding were two subjects not taught in detail in my Masters’ programs.

    Having quickly realized a deficiency in my ability to operate a clinic and serve as a leader I immediately set out to find a solution. Fortunately for me the University of 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.

    It is my belief and recommendation that a minor in Health Information Management would perfectly complement students in other majors, specifically the Health Services Administration program. I wholeheartedly support the request to add such a program.


    Kenneth D. Rates, MHSA, MBA

Contact us

Pat DeVoy, PhD, EdS, RHIA
Program Chair
College of Health Professions Room 333

Paula Strussione
Academic Coordinator
College of Health Professions Room 115

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.