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Herzing University    
 
    
 
  Nov 19, 2017
 
September 2017 Undergraduate Catalog

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM)


(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus  chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at www.herzing.edu/career-programs/downloads for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)

Program Description

This CAHIIM-accredited program prepares students with the necessary skills and knowledge in the health information management field for management positions in a variety of health-related settings including hospitals, clinics, long-term care settings, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance companies, and software vendors. A health information management professional is responsible for the management of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, and legal requirements of the healthcare delivery system. They are experts in coding and classification systems, managing patient health information, and administrating computer information systems. Individuals with interests in computer science, business administration, health science, and healthcare administration are well-suited for a career in health information management. Upon completion of this degree, students are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification examination.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Manage patient health records including data structure, content, and standards to maintain organizational compliance with regulations, accreditation, licensure, and certification standards.
  2. Develop and implement organization-wide confidentiality and privacy policies and procedures.
  3. Implement and manage software applications, process engineering, and project management techniques to ensure efficient workflow and appropriate outcomes for all areas relating to health information management based on research and healthcare statistics.
  4. Demonstrate management of the revenue cycle including reimbursement systems, chargemaster, and financial reporting.
  5. Develop compliance monitoring programs for coding, clinical documentation improvement, quality monitoring, and fraud and abuse detection.
  6. Demonstrate leadership abilities by effectively managing change, workflow, human resources, training, and strategic planning.

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, health information manager, health information administrator, compliance / risk management officer, revenue cycle (coding & billing) manager, data analyst, health information educator, and health informaticist.

Program Content

A minimum of 124.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Management Core Courses


All courses, 24.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Courses in Health Information Management Core


All courses, 45.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Anatomy and Physiology Courses


All courses, ◊8.00 semester credit hours, are required. (3.00 of these credit hours satisfies Science General Education Requirement).

Elective Courses


A minimum of 8.00 semester credit hours is required. Students may take any healthcare or health information management, business management, or human resources course. At least 3.00 semester credit hours must be at the 300- or 400-level.

Required Courses in General Education


Students enrolled in this bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general education (◊ includes 3.0 credit hours from Anatomy and Physiology listed in above required) distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline.

12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications

9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

◊ Science Semester Credit Hours are satisfied through Anatomy and Physiology requirement listed above.

Personal and Professional Development Courses


2.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Internship Experience


4.00 credit hours are required.

* Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions.

** Enrollment in a student readiness training is required two terms prior to internship course.  Successful completion of training is required prior to internship course enrollment.