Health Information Management Courses at Ashford University

As the health care industry expands and becomes more complex, organizations will rely on educated professionals to make sense of the data. These courses, which are the bulk of courses in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program at Ashford University, will enhance your information processing and organizational skills, while exposing you to technologies and management principles embraced by modern health information professionals. Classes also include studies of the human anatomy and health policy.


Health Information Management Class Descriptions and Credit Information

HIM 105 Medical Terminology

3 Credits

This course is the study of medical language and includes the building blocks of prefixes, suffixes and root words, definitions, pronunciations, basic medical terms, and common laboratory tests, diagnostic tests and procedures by body system.

HIM 205 Anatomy & Physiology I

4 Credits

This course is part one of a two-part course that is the study of anatomy, the structure of the body and how the body is organized and physiology, the function and vital processes of the various structures making up the human body. This course includes an overview of the human body, basic chemistry of the body, cell and tissue structures, integumentary, skeletal, and muscular and nervous system.

HIM 206 Anatomy & Physiology II

3 Credits

This course is part two of a two-part course that is the study of anatomy, the structure of the body and how the body is organized and physiology, the function and vital processes of the various structures making up the human body. This course includes an overview of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic & immune, gastrointestinal, urinary and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: HIM 205.

HIM 210 Pathophysiology

3 Credits

This course is the study of common human diseases, disorders and conditions. In the course, students will learn the description, symptoms and signs, diagnostic tests, etiology, and treatment for common diseases, disorders and conditions. In addition, the students will learn about the associated drug class for specific diseases, disorders or conditions. Prerequisite: HIM 105, HIM 205, and HIM 206.

HIM 217 Electronic Health Records

3 Credits

In this course, students will learn about the structure, capture, use, storage and retrieval of health information in paper, hybrid and electronic formats. Students will learn about Electronic Health Record (E H R) project management including scope, goals, strategic planning, workflow analysis, functional needs assessment and implementation. Students will learn about the financial aspects of the E H R as well as the E H R from a consumer and a nationwide health information network perspective. Prerequisite: HCA 205.

HIM 250 Clinical Classifications Systems I

3 Credits

This course is part I of a two-part course that introduces students to applications for clinical classification and coding. Students will learn about the development of classification systems, use of the health record for coding and the relationship between coding and reimbursement. In particular, the students will learn the guidelines for diagnosis coding and organizational structure for provider billing. Prerequisites: HIM 105, HIM 205, HIM 206, HIM 210 and HIM 217.

HIM 251 Clinical Classification Systems II

3 Credits

This course is part II of a two-part course that introduces students to applications for clinical classification and coding. Students will compare and contrast various processes, policies, and procedures to ensure the accuracy of coded data and demonstrate their understanding of diagnosis and procedure coding systems through practical application. Prerequisites: HIM 105, HIM 205, HIM 206, HIM 210, HIM 217, and HIM 250.

HIM 252 Legal Aspects of Health Information

3 Credits

This course explores the major legal and ethical issues central to the implementation, application, and utilization of health information across the spectrum of health care settings. Key topics include liability, confidentiality, the legal and ethical ramifications of federal legislative mandates pertaining to health information management and informatics. Prerequisite: HIM 217 and HCA 205.

HIM 301 Introduction to Health Informatics

3 Credits

This foundational course details the history and factors driving the emergence of health informatics. In addition to emphasizing the concepts, terminologies and scope of health informatics, the course delves into health information exchanges, data standards, health informatics ethics, online resources and E-research. The course includes an overview of basic database architecture, design and file structure, and data warehousing and data mining in health care.

HIM 310 Healthcare Reimbursement

3 Credits

This course reviews healthcare reimbursement methodologies, government and voluntary healthcare insurance plans, and inpatient and outpatient reimbursement systems. Students will learn about the revenue cycle, audit processes and compliance strategies. Prerequisite: HCA 205, HIM 250 and HIM 251.

HIM 360 Healthcare Statistics

3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the generation and analysis of common healthcare statistics, state and national reporting of information and departmental performance standards. Students will learn how to construct and analyze various tables and charts related to healthcare. Prerequisites: HCA 205, HIM 217, HIM 250, and HIM 251, and Quantitative Reasoning Core competency.

HIM 370 Professional Practice Experience I

3 Credits

This course focuses on the technical application of concepts introduced in other program courses and explores similarities and differences with various healthcare providers. Students will demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge, analyze situations and create solutions in various healthcare scenarios. Prerequisites: HIM 105, HIM 205, HIM 206, HIM 250, HIM 251, HCA 205, HIM 310, HIM 217, HIM 252, HIM 210, and HIM 360. This course must be taken at Ashford University and may not be transferred from another institution.

HIM 410 Health Informatics – A Systems Perspective

3 Credits

This course focuses on the behind the scenes components of exchange, standards and interoperability of information in healthcare. The course will evaluate informatics-based support resources to include evidence based practice, clinical decision support and transport protocols. Prerequisite: HIM 301.

HIM 420 Health Information Governance & Strategic Planning

3 Credits

This course addresses key components of healthcare information systems and operational effectiveness. Students will analyze the strategic alignment of health information technology, including the evolution of healthcare information systems and data governance. Students will evaluate health information architecture and infrastructure, applications and service management, and administrative and financial systems. Foundational information on the transition of data into knowledge, value analysis, and information management strategic planning is provided. Prerequisite: HIM 301, HIM 217, HIM 252, HIM 370 and HCA 205.

HIM 435 Analyzing Healthcare Data

3 Credits

This course is a synthesis of the major ideas, perspectives, and concepts gained from the study of health informatics. Students will learn about the construction and utilization of health care data sets; the use of computerized statistical packages in health care; and the role of health informatics in financial and performance improvement goals. The student will apply common performance improvement models and tools to develop data-driven organizational reports. Prerequisite: HIM 301.

HIM 440 Health Informatics Research Methods and Data Analysis

3 Credits

This course explores in depth the relationship of research and informatics, research methods, the research process and the quantitative and qualitative analysis of data, including descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will explore the role of epidemiology in research and policy development. Prerequisites: Successful completion of mathematical competency and HIM 360.

HIM 445 Healthcare Project Management

3 Credits

This course explores principles of project management to improve quality and decrease cost in healthcare. While addressing the intersection of healthcare and information technology, students will learn about the project process and related tools and techniques to successfully plan, execute, control and assess a project. Prerequisite: HCA 205 and HIM 450, HCA 311, HCA 312 or ACC 281.

HIM 450 Healthcare Management

3 Credits

This course focuses on key management principles in healthcare management and unique Health Information Management activities. Students will learn about organizational structure, the planning and decision making process, budgeting, committee and team dynamics, staff hiring and development and key indicators of department performance. Prerequisites: HCA 205, HCA 375, HIM 105, HIM 205, HIM 206, HIM 210, HIM 217, HIM 250, HIM 251, HIM 252, HIM 310, HIM 360 and HIM 370. This course must be taken at Ashford University and may not be transferred from another institution.

HIM 495 Professional Practice Experience II

3 Credits

This course is a combination of virtual activities and a supervised management experience in a healthcare setting. Students complete 40 hours in a professional work environment demonstrating mastery in their knowledge, application, analysis and synthesis of key Health Informatics and Health Information Management concepts. Prerequisite: Completion of BSHIM program core courses. This course must be taken at Ashford University and may not be transferred from another institution. This course is not eligible to be taken as Non-degree seeking. PPE site approval is required before this course can be scheduled.