Health Information Management

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science

About

The healthcare industry demands innovations from the fields of business, science, and information technology—learn the skills to make the industry demand you too.

Introduction

Patients are at the center of the healthcare industry, but the healthcare industry is so much more than patient care. Medical professionals use advanced equipment to measure and analyze biometric data. Administrators build operational practices to keep hospitals and care facilities running. Billing and records experts work with patients, providers, and insurance providers to manage payment, claims, and confidential personal information. At the core of it all is data. And data must be managed.

Health information management (HIM) is the study and practice of how we use data to provide and improve quality patient care. In our increasingly digital society, data management needs are also increasing. By studying HIM, you’ll build skills in business, economics, operations, scientific inquiry, and technology—allowing you to navigate the complexity of any healthcare organization.

 

 

Program Outcomes

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HIM program graduation rate

98
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Graduates satisfied with the HIM program (per survey)

89
%

Graduates with employment or graduate school acceptance within 1 year of graduation

Learn how to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills and other affective skills to entry-level professional opportunities
  • Effectively lead and manage within organizations
  • Apply diverse knowledge in data analytics, project management, electronic health record implementation, reimbursement and standards to HIM-related careers across various settings
  • Use knowledge of federal regulations and standards to maintain the privacy and security of patient data
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Apply knowledge of Coding Classification Systems to support and achieve maximum coding accuracy and reimbursement for a healthcare organization
  • Serve as a bridge between practitioners, administration, information technology professionals and external standard setting and accrediting agencies.
  • Analyze and provide research data and operational reports to other health professionals, administrators and external agencies
  • Develop and formulate policies and procedures to integrate technology and identify processes and systems to monitor and evaluate the accuracy and retrieval of computerized medical information
  • Adapt to new methods of capturing, storing, and electronically assessing healthcare information
Students studying

750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

Our Health Information Management program provides students with the knowledge and skills to become capable health information management professionals. Coursework emphasizes applying theory to practice. We focus on preparing graduates to meet demands of entry-level positions where they can apply management and problem solving principles to every aspect of medical and health information systems, regardless of environment.

The cohort model of the program helped me learn how to work in a team and more about various settings in our community.  The willingness of my colleagues and faculty to connect and assist each other was extraordinary! It helped me foster a strong network in our profession.

~ Moses Asiedu, First Graduating Class, 2009

Health Information (HI) professionals provide reliable and valid information that drives the healthcare industry. Students graduating from this program are specialists in managing patient data, ensuring access and data integrity to authenticated users, coding and classifying data for reimbursement and research, analyzing information that supports decision-making, protecting patient privacy, providing information security, and enhancing the quality and uses for data within health information computer systems.

There is more information about major requirements in the Program Requirements section on this page.

This could be you!

HIM graduates are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Learn more about the certification exam

Admission Requirements

Any student interested in declaring as a Health Information Management major must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. The application process has several steps, and requires you to submit application materials to both the Office of Admissions and the College of Health Professions Academic Success Office (formerly the STAR Office). Be sure to pay attention to where you must submit any required documentation.

To be considered for admission to the Health Information Management undergraduate program, submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Letter of interest/personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Submit to the CHP’s Academic Success Center only.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended. For students who have completed any education in a college or university outside of the U.S or related territory, be sure to submit a course-by-course evaluation by an approved evaluation agency. Submit all official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and the CHP’s Academic Success Center.

Important Dates to Remember

  • December 1st is Early Decision deadline
  • February 1st is Final Decision deadline

Welcome Pre-Nursing Transfer Students!

Many of the HIM requirements during the first 2 years of this program are similar to pre-requisite courses for the School of Nursing. If you have started in our undergraduate Nursing program, and are currently exploring other health-related careers, consider how a HIM career positions you for the healthcare industry and beyond.

The Department is very serious about supporting our students. Each new HIM student receives academic counseling to help prepare for admission to the program’s professional coursework.

A competitive edge

The Health Information Management program is the only baccalaureate program in the State of Maryland.
Maryland Health Information Management Association

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, students must complete 120 credit hours. These credit hours split among General Education Requirements (GERs), course prerequisites, and major courses. Expand each section below to see the range of course offerings.

General Education Requirements (GERs)

Students must complete 40 GER credits. Specifically for Health Information Management majors, your program plan should also include:

GER Requirement Course options
Mathematics MATH 203: Basic Statistics
Behavioral and Social Science

ECON 103: Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurial Economics

and

PSYC 201: General Psychology

Natural Sciences

BIOL 101: Biological Science

and

BIOL 201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Humanities

HIST 205 or HIST 206: African American History I or II

and

HIST 201 or HIST 202 or HIST 203 or HIST 204

and 

SPCH 105: Introduction to Speech Communication or WLIT 2-7: World Literature

and 

PHIL 102: Logic or PHIL 103: Introduction to Philosophy

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues

MISY 150: Technology Fluency 

Core Courses (16 credits)

Course Credits Name
HSC 101 3 Orientation to Health Sciences
HSC 190 3 Medical Terminology
BIOL 203 4 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
HSC 312 3 Pathophysiology
HSC 313 3 Pharmacology

Sample Degree Plan

Be sure to connect with your academic advisor to plan your semester courses. The plan below is just an example—your journey may have different requirements.  

Fall Semester (12 credits)

Course credits name
ENGL 101 3 English Composition I
MISY 150 3 Technology Fluency
HIST 20X 3 African-American History I or African-American History I
HSC 101 3 Orientation to Health Science

Spring Semester (16 credits)

course credits name
ENGL 102 3 English Composition II
HIST 20X 3 World History I or World History II or U.S. History II or U.S. History II
HSC 190 3 Medical Terminology
BIOL 101 4 Biological Sciences
SPCH 105 3 Speech Communication
     

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
ECON 103 3 Introduction to Business and Economics
BIOL 201 4 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
MATH 203 3 Basic Statistics
MISY 341 3 Small Systems Software
WLIT 207 3 World Literature

Spring Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
PSYC 201 3 General Psychology
BIOL 203 4 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
PHIL 10X 3 Logic or Introduction to Philosophy
ACCT 201 3 Financial Accounting I
MISY 356 3 Introduction to Computer and Information Security 

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
HIM 300 4 Fundamentals of HIM
HIM 305 3 Healthcare Finance and Reimbursement
HIM 307 3 Medical Classification Systems I
JRNL 307 3 Technical Writing
HSC 312 3 Pathophysiology

Spring Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
HIM 301 4 Advanced QualityConcepts in Health
HIM 303 3 HIM Non-Traditional Settings
HIM 402 3 Legal Aspects of HIM
HIM 408 3 Medical Classification II
HSC 313 3 Pharmacology

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
HIM 401 3 RHIA Preparation I
HIM 412 4 Organization and Management in HIM I
HIM 415 3 Health Statistics and Research 
HIM 417 3 Applied Research
HIM 420 3 Health Information Systems

Spring Semester (12 credits)

Course Credits Name
HIM 400 3 Management Affiliation
HIM 403 3 RHIA Preparation II
HIM 404 2 Seminar in HIM
HIM 413 4 Organization and Management in HIM II

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Health Sciences is in the Department of Health Information Management within the School of Allied Health in the College of Health Professions.