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Technology is transforming health care, opening up a new world of opportunities for health information management (HIM) professionals with specialized skills in collecting, analyzing, and protecting vital patient information and medical records. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for medical and health services managers, which include health information jobs, will grow by 17 percent between 2014 and 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.* Kaplan University’s online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program can prepare you to play a key role in this dynamic field.
If you received a CAHIIM-approved Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology, your prior degree could put you on the fast track to your bachelor’s degree. Completion of an associate’s degree is not a prerequisite for the 4-year program.
Kaplan University’s online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program combines theory and practice to prepare you to take on real responsibilities in this growing, data-driven profession. You can develop the technology, medical terminology, and professional skills required for a career in health information management.†
The final capstone project lets you demonstrate your competency and apply what you have learned to a health information management challenge in the field. During your externship at a hospital or health care facility, you will have an opportunity to gain real-world experience and build a valuable professional network. The online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program allows you the flexibility to fit education into your busy life.
After completing the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program, you will be able to:
Access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.
Graduates of Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science
in Health Information Management program could choose from many different
career paths in a variety of settings including physicians’ offices, hospitals,
government agencies, software and IT vendor firms, insurance companies, and
The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates national
long-term growth in the health care industry for health information management
professionals. Employment of medical and health services managers, a category that includes health information managers, is expected to increase by 23 percent through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.†
Kaplan University’s online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management offers a solid foundation in planning, designing, managing, and evaluating electronic health information and data systems. The comprehensive curriculum focuses on areas including information systems and technology for health care, management of health information, advanced reimbursement methodology, advanced health informatics, and organizational development for health care. You’ll learn from industry-experienced instructors who are committed to your academic and career success.
Our Bachelor of Science in Health Information
Management is designed to prepare students to:
of Science in Health Information Management program culminates in the
successful completion of a practice-focused capstone project. This project provides
students with opportunities to apply what they’ve learned throughout the
program to a challenging, real-world HIM problem or issue. Students conduct the
capstone project under the mentorship of a faculty advisor.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.
Online and Campus Start Date
Jun 07, 2017
Online Start Date
Jul 05, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Aug 02, 2017
Total Program Credits: 180
This course explores human resource practices
in health care settings. It addresses a wide range of topics
including staffing, worker safety and security, general
employment practices, performance management, organizational
development, and employee relations. Upon completion of the
course, students will be able to implement/integrate
evidence-based human resource strategies into the day-to-day
management of their departments.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course provides you with foundational theory, related to the health care industry and health information profession, necessary to support your learning in health information management courses. This course also provides you with an overview of relevant legal concepts related to the management of health information in a variety of health care settings. Topics of study include an introduction to the U.S. health care system and the health information management profession, as well as legal and ethical issues in health information management including common legal compliance issues. You will have the opportunity to utilize computerized software to perform tasks related to the release and management of the health record.
This course provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to work within a computerized health care environment. It reinforces basic software skills in applications, and outlines the critical stages of developing a health information system. The key features of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Health Information Exchanges (HIE) will be examined. The importance of safeguarding protected health information, along with privacy and security issues, will be explored. Finally, you will examine the future technologies important to the management of health information.
This course will show students the reimbursement side of health care and the importance of correct coding and billing practices to both the facility and the patient. Students will gain insight into the various types of health insurance plans, and also study compliance as it relates to reimbursement.
None | Corequisite: HI 255
In this course, you will study performance improvement and quality assessment concepts as they relate to health information and quality care at the facility level. Team concepts, risk management, utilization management, accreditation and licensure, data quality issues, and patient outcomes are important topics in this course. You will learn the correlation of performance metrics with use of health care data for decision making in the facility.
This course surveys the basics of medical coding for inpatient and outpatient health care settings. Specifically, the format, conventions, and general guidelines for the ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, HCPCS Level I/II, and CPT code sets are examined. You learn to apply appropriate diagnosis and procedure codes upon reviewing key health record information. Additionally, the course provides an introduction to clinical documentation improvement (CDI), compliance audits, and health information systems (i.e., CAC, encoders).
Prequisite or corequisite: SC 131
This course explores advanced topics vital to the ethical, legal, and compliant practice of medical coding within inpatient and outpatient settings. You will examine case scenarios throughout the course using a problem-based learning approach. The course offers virtual laboratories on health information systems and technologies critical to quality coding practices in today's digital world.
This course provides a logical understanding of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling, and pronunciation. These principles are applied to the study of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic, lab, and surgical procedures; and pharmacology for interest and knowledge.
This course is a systematic study of basic
pharmacology principles with emphasis on the skills and
information needed to succeed in a working environment. Topics
covered include drug classes, dosage calculations and measurement
conversions, drug administration routes, and proper medication
Studies include principles of vaccinations and disease prevention, chronic diseases, diagnosis and treatments, and the economic impact. You will also learn about infectious diseases, disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. In addition, genes, mutations, inheritance, genetic diseases, cancer, and cancer treatments will be reviewed.
This course discusses the scope and practice
of health care administration. Students learn various models of
health care delivery systems and social, political, individual,
and organizational forces that impact health care delivery.
Studies will include marketing, operations, financial, and human
resources management, as well as effective communication
strategies involved in health care
In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.
In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include, but are not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level. This course includes a lab component.
In this course, you implement and manage technology, gain knowledge of database architecture and design, and design and generate administrative reports. Enforcement of confidentiality, e-health security, and measures to protect health information are also stressed.
This course examines the role of the health information manager in strategic information technology system planning and administration, with an analysis of the role of project and quality management. Legal and ethical policies and procedures that ensure privacy and confidentiality will be evaluated. Regulatory requirements and accreditation issues will also be analyzed within the context of health care delivery systems. The course will prepare the student to be a leader in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of information systems in health care.
In this course, you will explore the reimbursement concepts practiced in health care including compliance strategies and reporting, chargemaster and case mix analysis, and compliance and reimbursement auditing. The payment systems used in commercial, managed care, and federal insurance plans, such as DRGs, RBRVS, and RUGs, will also be reviewed. Application of payment methods and calculations will be detailed and practiced.
Enrollment in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
This course enables you to explore ethics within the health industry, research methods, and the evaluation of scientific literature. You will engage with health data through database querying, data extraction, and data mining opportunities. You will learn to procure appropriate metrics for analysis, utilize data mining to generate insights into health organizational outcomes, and evaluate health data to make evidence-based decisions. You will use computer software applications to manage data throughout this course.
In this course, you will explore the use of descriptive statistics within the health industry. You will learn to summarize data by the data center (i.e., central tendency) and data spread (i.e., variability). A focus on visual representation of data will be introduced. You will demonstrate your data analytical skills by proposing recommendations to a health industry issue based on summary statistics and/or health care or epidemiological formulae.
You will collect and analyze data in order to solve health and clinical problems. In this course, you will study inferential statistics and advanced epidemiological constructs. You will study epidemiology and biostatistics as it applies to peer-reviewed, health-based publications.
The health information field is strongly
influenced by data and data standards. This course focuses on the
structure and use of health information, storage methods, data
sets, and e-health delivery. In addition, the development of
clinical, financial, and decision support systems are
This course provides a foundation in strategic management for health care organizations built on professional ethics, personal integrity, and respect for all persons. You will explore the theoretical, procedural, and cultural aspects of change management through strategic planning and organizational analysis. Evidence-based management skills are explored using the tools and techniques that monitor quality and performance compliance throughout a health care facility.
Successful completion of this course will require 120 hours of professional practice experience (i.e., practicum) at an approved health care facility. Through this professional practice experience (PPE), you will gain on-the-job skills related to the health information profession. Additionally, this course will provide a content review on the common body of knowledge of health information management relevant to the national certification examination.
HI 305, last term, completion of all program-specific courses, and permission of the Clinical Placement Team.
Total Program Credits: 180
Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Master of Health Care Administration, Master of Health Informatics, Master of Health Information Management, Master of Science in Health Education or Master of Public Health option will take up to five graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate elective.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Health Service Managers, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
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