Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Information Management (HIM)

Prepare for an In-Demand Health Information Management Career

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.

Gain Practical Experience and Build Industry Connections in Health Information Management

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.

Program Outcomes

After completing the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the principles of planning, designing, managing, and evaluating electronic information systems.
  • Apply research and critical thinking skills to create solutions for health care issues.
  • Analyze the forces impacting health care delivery and health information systems.
  • Implement best practices in decision-making regarding the management of health information. 
  • Interpret and apply medical, administrative, ethical, and legal requirements and standards related to health care delivery and the privacy of protected health information.
Expand to Learn More

Capstone Project

The Bachelor 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. 

Expand to Learn More

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

Meet the Growing Demand for Health Information Professionals

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 consulting firms.

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.

How Do I Get Started?

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.

07

Dec

Online Start Date

December 07, 2016

04

Jan

Online and Campus Start Date

January 04, 2017

01

Feb

Online Start Date

February 01, 2017

01

Mar

Online and Campus Start Date

March 01, 2017

22

Mar

Online and Campus Start Date

March 22, 2017

19

Apr

Online Start Date

April 19, 2017

17

May

Online and Campus Start Date

May 17, 2017

07

Jun

Online and Campus Start Date

June 07, 2017

05

Jul

Online Start Date

July 05, 2017

02

Aug

Online and Campus Start Date

August 02, 2017

23

Aug

Online and Campus Start Date

August 23, 2017

20

Sep

Online Start Date

September 20, 2017

18

Oct

Online and Campus Start Date

October 18, 2017

08

Nov

Online and Campus Start Date

November 08, 2017

06

Dec

Online Start Date

December 06, 2017

Curriculum: Standard Track

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 33

    Total Program Credits: 180

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 117

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • HA 255: HUMAN RESOURCES FOR HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      HS 230

    • HI 135: LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH INFORMATION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 150: AUTOMATION OF HEALTH INFORMATION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 215: REIMBURSEMENT METHODOLOGIES Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None | Corequisite: HI 255

    • HI 230: QUALITY ASSURANCE AND STATISTICS IN HEALTH INFORMATION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 253: MEDICAL CODING I Change

      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).

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Prequisite or corequisite: SC 131

    • HI 255: MEDICAL CODING II Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      HI 253

    • HS 111: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 140: PHARMACOLOGY Change

      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 documentation procedures.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 200: DISEASES OF THE HUMAN BODY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 230: HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION Change

      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 administration.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 121: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 131: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      SC 121

    • HI 300: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH CARE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 305: MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH INFORMATION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 410: ADVANCED REIMBURSEMENT METHODOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Enrollment in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

    • HS 305: RESEARCH METHODS FOR HEALTH SCIENCES Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 311: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS I Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 312: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS II Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      HS 311

    • HS 420: ADVANCED HEALTH INFORMATICS Change

      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 addressed.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 450: STRATEGIC PLANNING AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH CARE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      HI 305, last term, completion of all program-specific courses, and permission of the Clinical Placement Team.

  • Open Electives

    Total Open Electives Credits: 30

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • OPEN ELECTIVES Change

      Credits:

      30

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
      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.

Curriculum: Concentration

Can I Afford This?

Kaplan University is committed to helping you find more ways to save on college tuition. Our Tuition Cap, scholarships, grant, military reductions, and transfer and experiential learning credits are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Ways to Save

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Helpful Information

Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.

View Brochures

Request More Information

To receive the Kaplan University Program Guide, including areas of study and associated career paths, please complete this information form.
View notes and conditions

*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.