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Health Information Management

Cindy Joy Marselis, MBA, MS RHIA, Interim 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).  HIM professionals also have 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.


Students enrolled in the HIM program and in the last term of study are eligible to apply for and sit for the examination of the American Health Information Management Association for certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), which is nationally and internationally recognized.

Following satisfactory completion of all course requirements, the graduate is awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management.


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. 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 general and prerequisite requirements of the program.

1. University requirements

  • All new students starting in the 2011-2012 academic year and beyond are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum (Analytical Reading & Writing, Mosaic I and II, Arts, Human Behavior, World Society, U.S. Society, Race & Diversity, Science & Technology, Quantitative Literacy).
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.

2. Program requirements

Students in the HIM program are required to satisfy the following prerequisite and professional courses. A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite and professional courses. (A grade of C- is not acceptable.)

  • Health Information Management prerequisites:
    • Mathematics 1013 or Psychology 1167 or Sociology 1167 or Statistics 2101.
    • Kinesiology 1223 & 1224.
    • Computer & Information Sciences 1055 or successfully pass a computer competency exam.
  • Health Information Management Professional Courses:
    • HIM 1101, 3020, 3101, 3103, 3111, 3113, 3202, 3204, 3206, 3208, 3211, 3285, 4101, 4105, 4107, 4109, 4197, 4202, 4204, 4211, 4213, 4286, 4298.

3. Electives: 11 credits. Strongly recommended electives include business writing and writing-intensive electives.


Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan


Requirements for New Students starting in the 2011-2012 Academic Year

Pre-Professional Curriculum
Freshman Year, Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy* 4 GQ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
HIM 1101 Medical Terminology 3  
Varies   General Elective 2  
Total       16-17  
* MATH 0823: Math for a Digital World or MATH 0824: Mathematical Patterns is strongly recommended.
Freshman Year, Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Kinesiology 1223 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4  
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Total       16  
Sophomore Year, Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Kinesiology 1224 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4  
Intellectual Heritage   0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Varies   Elective ** 3  
Total       13  
** English 2596: Writing for Business & Industry is recommended.
Sophomore Year, Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
C+IN SC   1055 Computers & Applications 4  
Varies   General Elective 3 WI




Elements of Statistics
Foundations in Statistical Methods
Social Statistics


Varies   General Elective 3  
Total       13  
Professional Curriculum
NOTE: A grade of "C" or better is required to satisfy ALL prerequisite course requirements.
Grades below a "C" will not be accepted.
Junior Year, Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
HIM 3101 Health Information Systems in Acute Care 4  
HIM 3103 U.S. Health Care System 3  
HIM 3111 Statistics and Research in Health Care 3  
HIM 3113 Healthcare Database Administration 3  
HIM 3020 Special Topics in Health Information Management 1  
Total     14  
Junior Year, Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
HIM 3202 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3  
HIM 3204 Health Information Systems in Nonacute Care 3  
HIM 3206 Clinical Medicine I 3  
HIM 3208 International Classification of Disease 4  
HIM 3211 Management in Health Information Systems  3  
HIM 3285 Professional Practice Internship 2  
Total     18  
Senior Year, Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
HIM 4101 Health Informatics: Infrastructure & Standards 3  
HIM 4105 CPT Coding 4  
HIM 4107 Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3  
HIM 4109 Clinical Medicine II 3  
HIM 4197 Human Resource Management in Health Information Systems 3 WI^
Total     16  
^Indicates writing capstone for major.
Senior Year, Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
HIM 4202 Health Informatics: Systems & Design 3  
HIM 4204 Systems Analysis in Health Information Management 3  
HIM 4211 Political, Social & Ethical Aspects of Health Information 2  
HIM 4213 Healthcare Reimbursement Systems 3  
HIM 4286 Management Internship 3  
HIM 4298 Health Information Management Case Studies 3 WI^
Total     17  
^Indicates writing capstone for major.
Total Credits Required for Graduation: 123  



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