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  Academic Programs / Health Professions

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 individuals to combine interests in health care, business, and information technology. HIM professionals have expertise in health informatics, which requires knowledge of clinical medicine and the electronic health record (EHR).  This individual also has expertise in coding and classification systems, quality and human resource management, the legal and ethical aspects of health information systems, the regulatory and accrediting agency requirements, and the public policy issues 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, Director of Medical Records, Research and Decision-Support Analyst, Clinical Data Specialist, Data Resource Administrator, Patient Information Manager 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 and internationally 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 1011 (College Mathematics) and QB: Statistics 2101 (Statistical Methods & Concepts) OR Mathematics 1013 (Elements of Statistics) OR Psychology 1167 (Foundations in Statistical Methods).
Science and Technology: Kinesiology 1223 & 1224 (Anatomy & Physiology I & II) and Computer & Information Sciences 1055 (Computers & Applications).

3. Electives: 7-8 credits. Strongly recommended electives include HIM 1101 (Medical Terminology) and computer science, business, and writing intensive electives.

 Course Requirements for Health Information Management

Pre-Professional Requirements        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Core Requirements, including the following prerequisites 55  
Math 1011 College Mathematics or equivalent QA course 3 QA




Statistical Methods & Concepts
Elements of Statistics
Fundamentals in Statistical Methods




Kinesiology 1123 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 SA
Kinesiology 1124 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 SB
Computer &
Information Sciences
1055 Computers & Applications 4 SB
Total     18  

Professional Curriculum      
Junior Year, Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HIM 3105 Language of Medicine 4  
HIM 3101 Health Information Systems in Acute Care 4  
HIM 3113 Healthcare Database Administration 3  
HIM 3103 U.S. Health Care System 3  
HIM 3111 Statistics, Research & Registries in Health Care 3  
Total     17  

Junior Year, Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HIM 3202 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3  
HIM 3211 Management in Health Information Systems  3  
HIM 3285 Acute Care Internship 2  
HIM 3204 Health Information Systems in Nonacute Care 3  
HIM 3208 International Classification of Disease 4  
HIM 3206 Clinical Medicine I 3  
Total     18  

Senior Year, Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HIM 4101 Health Informatics: Infrastructure and Standards 3  
HIM 4197 Human Resource Management in Health Information Systems 3 WI*
HIM 4105 CPT Coding 4  
HIM 4107 Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3  
HIM 4109 Clinical Medicine II 3  
HIM 4186 Nonacute Care Internship 2  
Total     18  

Senior Year, Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HIM 4202 Health Informatics: Systems and Design 3  
HIM 4298 Health Information Management Case Studies 3 WI*
HIM 4204 Systems Analysis in Health Information Management 3  
HIM 4286 Management Internship 3  
HIM 4211 Political, Social and Ethical Aspects of HIM 2  
HIM 4213 Healthcare Reimbursement Systems 3  
Total     17  

Total Credits Required for Graduation 125

*Indicates writing capstone for major.

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