Health Information Management
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
Health Information Management involves maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnosis and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients. As the world moves from a paper-based to an electronic society, the HIM profession is at the forefront of this movement. The Health Information Management Program at Coppin State University provides the academic foundation necessary to prepare students to be competent health information management professionals and meet the entry-level competencies that will enable them to apply management and problem solving skills to every aspect of a medical/health information system, regardless of the setting or environment.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Understand and articulate the historical trends of health records and health information.
- Identify and perform the diverse tasks required in coding diseases and medical procedures.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the legal obligations standards as well as with the professional, ethical and organizational standards to ensure the accuracy, privacy, security and confidentiality in the access, retention, storage and disposal of recorded patient information.
- Analyze and provide research data and respond to the informational needs of lawyers, physicians, insurance companies, governmental agencies and other legally designated parties of interest.
- Develop and formulate policy and procedures to integrate technology and management of health information to support client care, organizational goals, operations, and regulatory compliance.
- Identify processes and systems to monitor and evaluate the accuracy and retrieval of electronic medical health information.
- Use current and emerging technologies to support the management, analysis and presentation of health information.
- Apply entry-level knowledge, professional abilities and theories of management to effectively manage a health record department.
- Keep current with relevant local, national and global health care and health information management issues, trends, technologies and standards to support health information management systems and processes and guide professional development.
- Admission to Coppin State University (CSU) through the Office of Admissions Apply online
- Competitive Admission Process [FALL only] to the Health Information Management Program in the College of Health Professions (CHP) through the Student Affairs and Retention Office (STAR) Application
- EARLY Decision Deadline = December 1st each year
- FINAL Deadline = February 1st each year
- Official Transcripts from each college attended prior to CSU indicating successful completion of Prerequisite and General Education Requirements (GERs) courses submitted to both the CSU Office of Admissions and the STAR Office in the CHP. If you have any foreign education, you must submit an evaluation of your foreign coursework by one of the following: World Education Service or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation submitted only to the STAR Office in the CHP
- Letter of Interest
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale
All students must complete 45 credit hours of General Education Requirements. HIM Majors must fulfill the mathematics GER by completing MATH 203 (Basic Statistics). They must also fulfill the behavioral and social science option by taking PSYC 201 – General Psychology and SOCI 201 – Introduction to Sociology. The Natural Sciences is fulfilled with BIOL 107- Comp. Review of Life Sciences and BIOL 201 – Human Anatomy & Physiology 1. The Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues is fulfilled with either SPCH 105 Introduction to Speech Communication or SPCH 202 – Principles and Practices of Interviewing or SPCH 204 Critical Listening.
The following is a sample plan of study. This is not intended as a self-advising guide or as a substitute for seeing your academic advisor about your specific plan of study. Please speak to an advisor before choosing your course load each semester.