Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
As a student in Ashford University’s Health Information Management program, you will be prepared to enter the health care industry well-versed in health information management, health data management, and management of health information services. If you want to work in the health care industry, but don’t want to care for people directly, then this degree might be for you. With a broad health care background, you may seek employment in all levels of health care and interact with a wide spectrum of other health care professionals. In this online degree program, the curriculum blends the disciplines of management, finance, information technology, medicine, and law into one program.
Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting the medical information that’s vital to providing patient care and providing the data that health professionals need in order to provide quality care. HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest technology and understand the workflow of health care providers, from large hospital systems to the private practice. They are vital to daily operations and managing electronic health records.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program aims to prepare learners from all backgrounds in the disciplines of health information management, health information technology, and analytics and provide qualified professionals in their community.
Professional Practice Experiences
If you undertake the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree, you will complete two Professional Practice Experiences, one that is virtual and one that is a combination of virtual and onsite at a facility. As part of the second Professional Practice Experience embedded in HIM 495, you will complete a minimum of 40 hours of supervised Professional Practice Experience at an approved facility. The 40 hours must be completed, during normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm while you are enrolled in HIM 495. You can only complete your Professional Practice Experiences in states where this program is available.
The baccalaureate degree Health Information Management program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
What you will learn
Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting the medical information that's essential to providing patient care, and providing the data that health professionals need in order to provide quality care. As an HIM professional, you will learn about the latest technology and understand the workflow of health care providers, from large hospital systems to the private practice. You will be integral to daily operations and managing electronic health records. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management online degree program, you will be able to:
- Analyze health data structure, content, standards, clinical classification systems and reimbursement methodologies
- Manage strategic planning and organizational development
- Compare and contrast health statistics, biomedical research, quality management, and performance improvement strategies used in health care
- Examine driving factors influencing healthcare organization, delivery systems, healthcare privacy, confidentiality, and legal and ethical issues
- Evaluate emerging applications in health informatics
- Evaluate emerging healthcare trends in information and communication technology, information systems and data security
- Analyze the process of job analysis, staffing, appraisal and compensation, training, career planning, and organizational development
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) HIM entry-level curriculum competencies can be found at Baccalaureate Level Curriculum Map.
Your Courses in Health Information Management
Count on success when you earn your Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. Your online courses include such topics as statistics, information systems, and telecommunications.
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.
Major Course Requirements (70 credits)
BS in Health Information Management
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Careers in Health Information Management
When you complete your Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, you will have what you need to begin a potentially rewarding career. Take a look at your potential career options.