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Health Information Management

Laurinda B. Harman, Ph.D., RHIA, Chair
3307 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

A career as a Health Information Management (HIM) professional allows students to combine interests in health care, business, and information technology. HIM professionals have expertise in health informatics, which requires knowledge of clinical medicine; the computer-based patient record; healthcare database administration; and computerized clinical information systems. This individual also has expertise in coding and classification systems, quality and human resource management, the legal aspects of health information systems, and the regulatory, and accrediting agency requirements that affect the health information system. Clinical internships are scheduled at several health care institutions.

The HIM professional works closely with all other health professionals to collect and disseminate the information needed to provide high-quality patient care. The health information system supports the needs of patients, health care professionals, administrators, the community, and those involved in research and education. Job opportunities include positions with hospitals and other health care institutions, research and pharmaceutical firms, and governmental agencies. Career opportunities for the HIM professional include: Information Security Officer, Director of Integrated Health Information Systems, Research and Decision-Support Analyst, Clinical Data Specialist, Data Resource Administrator, Patient Information Coordinator, Director of Medical Records, and Clinical Coding Specialist.


Following satisfactory completion of all course requirements, the graduate is awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and is eligible to write the examination of the American Health Information Management Association for certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), which is nationally recognized.


The baccalaureate program in Health Information Management at Temple University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).


This is an upper-level program, and students are admitted in the fall of the junior year and must have 55 credits completed by the fall semester of admission to the program. Transfer students must have their transfer credits evaluated by the admissions office and must meet core and prerequisite requirements of the program.

1. University requirements – Temple core requirements for American Culture, The Arts, English Composition, Intellectual Heritage, Individual and Society, International Studies or Language, Studies in Race, and one Writing Intensive.

Program requirements - Health Information Management prerequisites. The prerequisites for the Health Information Management curriculum include courses that fulfill the CORE requirements.
Quantitative Reasoning: QA: Math C055 – College Mathematics and
QB: Statistics C021 – Statistical Methods and Concepts or Mathematics C067 – Elements of Statistics or Psychology C067 – Foundations in Statistical Methods.
Science and Technology: Kinesiology C100 and C101 or Anatomy & Physiology I and II and Computer and Information Sciences C055 – Computers and Applications.

3. Electives: 7-8 credits. Strongly recommended electives include HIM 0101 (Medical Terminology) and computer science, business, and writing intensive electives.

 Course Requirements for Health Information Management

Preprofessional Requirements        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Core Requirements, including the following prerequisites 55  
Math C055 College Mathematics or equivalent QA course 3 QA




Statistical Methods and Concepts
Elements of Statistics
Fundamentals in Statistical Methods




Kinesiology C100 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 SA
Kinesiology C101 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 SB
Computer &
Information Sciences
C055 Computers and Applications 4 SB
Total     18  

Professional Curriculum      
Junior Year, Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HIM 0103 Language of Medicine 4  
HIM 0106 Health Information Systems in Acute Care 4  
HIM 0107 Healthcare Database Administration 3  
HIM 0141 U.S. Health Care System 3  
HIM 0251 Statistics, Research & Registries in Health Care 3  
Total     17  

Junior Year, Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HIM 0105 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3  
HIM 0161 Management in Health Information Systems  3  
HIM W181 Acute Care Internship 2 WI*
HIM 0205 Health Information Systems in Nonacute Care 3  
HIM 0207 International Classification of Disease 4  
HIM 0271 Clinical Medicine I 3  
Total     18  

Senior Year, Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HIM 0109 Health Informatics: Infrastructure and Standards 3  
HIM 0162 Human Resource Management in Health Information Systems 3  
HIM 0203 Ambulatory Coding System 4  
HIM 0209 Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3  
HIM 0274 Clinical Medicine II 3  
HIM W281 Nonacute Care Internship 2 WI*
Total     18  

Senior Year, Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HIM 0204 Health Informatics: Systems and Design 3  
HIM 0260 Current Topics & Case Studies in HIM 3  
HIM 0263 Systems Analysis in Health Information Management 3  
HIM 0282 Management Internship 3  
HIM 0342 Political, Social and Ethical Aspects of HIM 2  
HIM 0343 Healthcare Reimbursement Systems 3  
Total     17  

Total Credits Required for Graduation 125

*Indicate writing capstone for major.

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