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Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

As a student in Ashford University’s Health Information Management online degree program, you will be prepared to enter the healthcare industry well-versed in health information management, health data management, and management of health information services. If you want to work in the healthcare industry, but don’t want to care for people directly, then this degree might be for you. With a broad healthcare background, you may seek employment in all levels of healthcare and interact with a wide spectrum of other healthcare professionals. The health information management program mission 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.

What is a Health Information Management Degree?

Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting the medical information of patients. A health information management degree trains students to become skilled in the latest technology and understand the workflow of healthcare providers, from large hospital systems to private practice. Healthcare providers are required to keep their electronic patient records secure, creating a growing demand for individuals who can create and manage this process. They are vital to daily operations and managing electronic health records. With your health information management degree, you too can play a vital role in how the healthcare industry protects patient information.

cahiim accredited sealThe baccalaureate degree program in Health Information Management is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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What you will learn

As an HIM degree professional, you will learn about the latest technology and understand the workflow of healthcare providers, from large hospital systems to private practice. You will be integral to daily operations and manage 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.

 

2017-2018 PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs)

Learning Outcome Measure One Measure Two
PLO1: Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree program, students will be able to analyze health data structure, content, standards, clinical classification systems and reimbursement methodologies.

Students will demonstrate competence of this outcome through the completion of the Final Exam in HIM 250: Clinical Classification Systems I.

Acceptable Target:
70% or more of BS Health Information Management students must score a 70% or above on the Final Exam in HIM 250: Clinical Classification Systems I.

Findings:
17 out of 19 (89.47%) of students from courses with start dates between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 scored 70% or higher on the Final Exam in HIM 250: Clinical Classification Systems I.

Students will demonstrate competence of this outcome through the completion of the Final Exam in HIM 251: Clinical Classifications Systems II.

Acceptable Target:
70% or more of BS Health Information Management students must score a 70% or above on Final Exam in HIM 251: Clinical Classifications Systems II.

Findings:
14 out of 14 (100%) of students from courses with start dates between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 scored an 70% or higher on the Final Exam in HIM 251: Clinical Classifications Systems II.

PLO5: Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree program, students will be able to evaluate emerging applications in health informatics.

Students will demonstrate competence of this outcome through the completion of the Final Paper in HIM 410: Health Informatics – A Systems Perspective.

Acceptable Target:
70% or more of BS Health Information Management student records must be at the Proficient level or above on the evaluation of each content criteria mapped to program outcome five in the Final Paper in HIM 410: Health Informatics – A Systems Perspective.

Findings:
211 out of 224 (94.20 %) of records evaluated indicate Proficient or Distinguished performance on the content criteria mapped to program outcome five in the Final Paper in HIM 410: Health Informatics – A Systems Perspective.

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PLO6: Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree program, students will be able to evaluate emerging healthcare trends in information and communication technology, information systems and data security.

Students will demonstrate competence of this outcome through the completion of the Final Paper in HIM 410: Health Informatics – A Systems Perspective.

Acceptable Target:
70% or more of BS Health Information Management student records must be at the Proficient level or above on the evaluation of each content criteria mapped to program outcome five in the Final Paper in HIM 410: Health Informatics – A Systems Perspective.

Findings:
211 out of 224 (94.20 %) of records evaluated indicate Proficient or Distinguished performance on the content criteria mapped to program outcome five in the Final Paper in HIM 410: Health Informatics – A Systems Perspective.

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Your Courses in Health Information Management

Count on success when you earn your health information management degree. Your health information management courses include topics such as statistics, information systems, and telecommunications. Learn more about your specific health information management courses below.

Introductory Courses
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)

Professional Practice Experiences
If you undertake a health Information management degree from Ashford University, 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.

Emphases for Health Information Management

An emphasis provides you with additional opportunities to broaden and enrich your education that is distinct from and enhances your major. It may be taken as a way to expand career options, to prepare for graduate study, or simply to explore in greater depth an area different from your major. An emphasis consists of three (3), three (3) credit courses. Choose from the following emphases:

Cognitive Studies

Environmental Management & Sustainability

Public Administration

Public Relations

Web & Mobile App Technology

BS in Health Information Management

Discover Ashford University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree, as Dr. Karen Bakuzonis explains what you can expect to learn during your HIM degree program. Your curriculum will blend many different disciplines such as:

  • Management
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Informatics

Careers in Health Information Management

When you complete your bachelor’s in health information management Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, you will have what you need to begin a potentially rewarding career in healthcare health information management. As our population continues to grow both in size and age, so too does the need for more medical services and qualified healthcare professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for medical records and health information technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Take a look at your potential career options below.

Medical and Health Services Managers also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

Health Information Managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records and data. They must stay up to date with evolving information technology, current or proposed laws about health information systems, and trends in managing large amounts of complex data. Health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate, and accessible only to authorized personnel. They also may supervise the work of medical records and health information technicians.

Health Information Management Careers

Health Information Management Degree: Why Choose Ashford

A Degree that Fits Your Schedule
Designed for the career-oriented professional in mind, this online health information systems degree can provide you with the flexibility to continue with your current responsibilities while also going back to school. 

Attend classes when it’s convenient for you as you will have 24/7 online access to your course material. Take the next steps toward your professional career by pursuing your health information management degree online from Ashford. 

Student Satisfaction
Students who pursue their health information management degree can experience a quality education with qualified faculty and relevant subject material. 89% of the students responding to a survey at the end of their most recent major course during the 2018-19 academic year agreed or strongly agreed that the quality of their education met their expectations.

Source: Office of Institutional Effectiveness, 2019

Competitive Completion Time
Average Years to Complete the HIM Degree Program*

  • In the 2017-18 academic year, students took an average of 1.63 years to graduate.
  • In the 2018-19 academic year, students took an average of 1.84 years to graduate.

*Based on matriculation into the program
Source: Institutional Research Services, 2019
 

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