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Undergraduate Course Descriptions 2010-2011
Last updated 10/8/2010


04902/Health Information Management (HIM)

Lower Division Courses

1005. ICD-9-CM Diagnostic Coding (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: HIM 0005.)

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of medical terminology and permission of instructor.

An introductory course in coding diagnoses, using the International Classification of Disease, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification. Emphasis is on the use of the classification system in the physician practice setting.

Note: For non-majors. Mode: 3 hours lecture.

1101. Medical Terminology (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: HIM 0101.)

An introduction to the language of medicine, including medical and anatomical terminology, definitions, the process of word construction, and analysis of terms. The focus is on the use of prefixes, suffixes and combining forms that facilitate the ability to translate medical terms. Symptoms, diseases, operative procedures, laboratory tests, diagnostic and treatment terms, and abbreviations are studied.

Note: For non-majors. Mode: 3 hours lecture.

Upper Division Courses

3082. Independent Study in Health Information Management (1 to 3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: HIM 0290.)

Exploration of an aspect of health information management, in accordance with a studentís learning objectives.

Note: Permission of the faculty member is required.

3101. Health Information Systems in Acute Care (4 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HIM 0106.)

The health information documentation system is studied for the acute care setting, including the development, content, format, use and standards of clinical documentation. Content includes the analysis of the health record; forms and computer screen designs; master person index; and, storage, retention and retrieval systems in the paper-based and electronic environments. Accreditation standards are also studied.

Note: This course is for majors only. Mode: 4 hours lecture.

3103. U.S. Health Care System (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HIM 0141.)

The health care delivery system is studied, with a focus on issues related to access, cost and quality. System components are examined including: important values and beliefs; the historical development of the health care system and the current status; health services financing; the role of health care professionals; the use of technology; outpatient, primary care, inpatient, managed care, long-term care and integrated services; issues for special populations; the process and purpose of health policy; and, future options for the delivery system. The role of the health information management professional is examined within the context of the health care system, including the importance of the professional Code of Ethics.

Mode: 3 hours lecture.

3105. Language of Medicine (4 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HIM 0103.)

Prerequisite: Kinesiology 1223 (C100) and 1224 (C101) with C or better.

The in-depth analysis of the language of medicine for the body systems, including medical and anatomical terminology. The language is learned by studying definitions, the process of word construction, spelling and the analysis of the applications commonly used by members of the health care professions. This body of knowledge includes symptoms, diseases, operative procedures, laboratory tests, diagnostic and treatment terms, pharmacological interventions and abbreviations, as reflected in medical documentation. Understanding the language is explored by reading and interpreting the documentation in patient medical records.

Mode: 4 hours lecture.

3111. Statistics and Research in Health Care (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HIM 0251.)

Prerequisite: QA: Ql 0823 or 0824 with C or better and QB: [STAT 2101 (C021) or MATH 1013 (C067) or PSYCH 1167 (C067) or SOC 1167 (C067)] with C or better.

Course addresses medical research methodologies; computation of routine health care institutional statistics; the United States vital statistics system; and, presentation and interpretation of health care data.

Mode: 3 hours lecture.

3113. Healthcare Database Administration (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HIM 0107.)

Prerequisite: Computer & Information Sciences 1055 (C055) with C or better or permission of instructor.

Relational database design, structure and development; data modeling; and, data dictionaries and definitions. Clinical patient data will be utilized for query and report writing, including the use of Structured Query Language (SQL).

Mode: 2 hours lecture; 2 hours lab.

3185. Elective Internship in Health Information Management (1 to 3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: HIM 0289.)

Clinical experience in administration of health information systems, based on a studentís learning objectives.

Note: Permission of Internship Coordinator is required.

3202. Legal Aspects of Health Information Management (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HIM 0105.)

Prerequisite: HIM 3101 (0106) and HIM 3103 (0141) with C or better.

Federal and state legislation and regulations for health information systems with a focus on privacy and confidentiality; negligence, malpractice and liability; access to health information; and, informed consent and contracts.

Mode: 3 hours lecture.

3204. Health Information Systems in Nonacute Care (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HIM 0205.)

Prerequisite: HIM 3101 (0106) and HIM 3103 (0141) with C or better.

An examination of non-acute, specialty health care systems at mental health, substance abuse, ambulatory, long term care, home health, managed care, correctional, hospice, rehabilitation, dental, and, veterinary settings. The focus is on documentation requirements; accreditation and licensure standards; required data sets; and, reimbursement systems and methodologies. The role of the health information management professional is examined within the context of these settings. Course also includes an examination of disease and procedural indices, specialized registries and databases.

Mode: 3 hours lecture.

3206. Clinical Medicine I (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HIM 0271.)

Prerequisite: HIM 3105 (0103) with C or better.

Pathophysiology is studied, with a focus on the clinical aspects of disease, such as, inflammation, infection, and neoplasm. Diseases affecting selected body systems are also studied, such as, cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive. Anatomy and physiology, the language of medicine and pharmacological terms are reviewed.

Mode: 3 hours lecture.

3208. International Classification of Disease (4 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: HIM 0207.)

Prerequisite: HIM 3105 (0103)with C or better. Co-Requisite: HIM 3206 (0271) or permission of instructor.

An intensive coding course, based on the International Classification of Disease classification system, as modified for use in the United States. The emphasis of instruction will be on application of coding principles for the acute care inpatient setting. The Medicare inpatient prospective payment system and the determination of diagnostic related groups (MS-DRGs) for hospital reimbursement purposes will also be addressed.

Mode: 4 hours lecture.

3211. Management in Health Information Systems (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HIM 0161.)

Prerequisite: HIM 3101 (0106) with C or better.

This course includes the study of organizational behaviors, management, and leadership and emphasizes the role of the health information management professional.

Mode: 3 hours lecture.

3285. Professional Practice Internship (2 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: HIM W181.)

Prerequisite: HIM 3101 (0106), HIM 3103 (0141), HIM 3105 (0103), HIM 3111 (0251), HIM 3113 (0107) with C or better and permission of department chair.

A supervised clinical internship that facilitates an understanding of the professional practice aspects of the health information system. The student will learn about the organization, regulation, accreditation and logistics of the acute care information system, as well as non-acute care components, such as, long term care; behavioral health; utilization, risk and quality management; classification and reimbursement systems and datasets; and patient care registries.

Mode: 6 clinical hours per day, once a week.

4101. Health Informatics: Infrastructure and Standards (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HIM 0109.)

Prerequisite: HIM 3113 (0107) with C or better.

Study of the electronic health record (EHR), including architecture; network topologies and devices; telecommunication systems; and, transmission media and interfacing. Includes industry standard protocols, with a focus on regulatory requirements and health information security.

Mode: 3 hours lecture.

4105. CPT Coding (4 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: HIM 0203.)

Prerequisite: HIM 3105 (0103), HIM 3206 (0271), HIM 3208 (0207) with C or above or permission of instructor. Co-Requisite: HIM 4109 (0274).

A coding course, based on the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding system that is used for classifying physician and hospital outpatient services. The course examines the role of CPT codes in claim submission, benefit adjudication and provider reimbursement. Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) II is also addressed and coding skills for the application of coding principles are developed.

Mode: 4 hours lecture.

4107. Quality Improvement in Healthcare (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HIM 0209.)

Prerequisite: HIM 3208 (0207) and HIM 3111 (0251) with C or better.

Course addresses quality management processes and total quality management with an emphasis on health information services. Additional topics presented include: medical staff credentialing, risk management, data analysis and presentation and clinical outcomes.

Mode: 3 hours lecture.

4109. Clinical Medicine II (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: HIM 0274.)

Prerequisite: HIM 3206 (0271) with C or better.

Pathophysiology is studied, with a focus on the clinical aspects of diseases for medical and surgical specialties, such as, pediatrics, orthopedics, radiology, obstetrics, gynecology, and psychiatry. Anatomy and physiology, the language of medicine and pharmacological terms are reviewed.

Mode: 3 hours lecture.

4197. Human Resource Management in Health Information Systems (3 s.h.) F. RCI: WI.

(Formerly: HIM 0162.)

Prerequisite: HIM 3211 (0161) with C or better. Co-Requisite: HIM 3285 (W181).

Personnel policies and practices are evaluated for the healthcare environment, including: recruitment, selection and retention; personnel training and development; job design and analysis; performance management; employee and labor relations; compensation and benefits programs; and health and safety issues.

Note: Writing Intensive course. Mode: 3 hours lecture.

4202. Health Informatics: Systems and Design (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HIM 0204.)

Prerequisite: HIM 4101 (0109) with C or better. Co-Requisite: HIM 4204 (0263).

Life cycle of computerized clinical information systems and the electronic health record (EHR), including cost-benefit analysis, return on investment, requests for proposal and depreciation. Health information systems and applications are studied, such as, encoders, medical record tracking, abstracting, quality improvement, dictation/transcription and release of information.

Mode: 3 hours lecture.

4204. Systems Analysis in Health Information Management (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HIM 0263.)

Prerequisite: HIM 4197 (0162), HIM 4101 (0109) with C or better. Co-Requisite: HIM 4202 (0204).

This is a capstone course which includes methods and management tools used in the analysis of health information systems, including the development of objectives, policies and procedures; benchmarking; workflow, productivity measurement, layout analysis, and project management.

Mode: 2 hours lecture; 2 hours lab.

4211. Political, Social and Ethical Aspects of Health Information (2 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HIM 0342.)

Prerequisite: HIM 3202 (0105), HIM 3285 (W181) with C or better or permission of instructor.

Analysis of the impact of public policy formulation, with an emphasis on health information management systems. Includes discussion of the legislative and regulatory process and the role of advocacy by the professional association. Research and health information management ethical issues are examined.

Mode: 2 hours lecture.

4213. Healthcare Reimbursement Systems (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: HIM 0343.)

Prerequisite: HIM 4105 (0203) and HIM 3208 (0207) with C or better.

Reimbursement methodologies are studied, as they relate to a variety of health care settings, payers and patient populations. Case mix analysis, charge master description, revenue cycle management, claims processing and fraud and abuse are discussed. Provides an overview of accounting and financial terms used by health care managers.

Mode: 3 hours lecture.

4286. Management Internship (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: HIM 0282.)

Prerequisite: HIM 4101 (0109), HIM 4105 (0203), HIM 4107 (0209), HIM 4109 (0274), HIM 3285 (W181), HIM 4197 (0162) with C or better and permission of department chair and final senior semester.

Intensive clinical experience on a full-time basis for 4 weeks at selected affiliated institutions; emphasis on administrative aspects of health information management services.

Mode: 4 weeks, full-time clinical internship.

4298. Health Information Management Case Studies (3 s.h.) S. RCI: WI.

(Formerly: HIM 0260.)

Prerequisite: HIM 4101 (0109), HIM 4105 (0203), HIM 4107 (0209), HIM 4109 (0274), HIM 3285 (W181), HIM 4197 (0162) with C or better and permission of department chair and final senior semester.

Writing intensive capstone course that requires a formal paper regarding an important and current health information management issue. Problems and cases are also used for the development of critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills. The assignments facilitate the application of health information management expertise and the skills needed for a professional career path.

Note: Writing intensive course. Mode: 3 hours lecture.


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