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Health Information Management

Cindy Joy Marselis, MBA, MS RHIA, Interim Chair
3307 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140



Health Information Management (HIM) is focused on the development, implementation, management and maintenance of patient health information systems in accordance with legal, regulatory and accrediting agencies' requirements for health care data collection and dissemination. HIM professionals have a special role in making sure that patient information remains confidential and maintained in a manner that ensures the patient's privacy and that health care information is secure. A career in HIM combines interests in medicine, management, information technology, electronic health record systems, and finance. HIM professionals design and management health information systems, with special attention to quality and privacy of health information, in a wide range of settings such as hospitals, managed and ambulatory care, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, and public health organizations.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM) includes classes covering six main areas:

  • Core HIM: Health Record Documentation, Legal Aspects of HIM, Internships, Healthcare Delivery Systems, and Professional Development
  • Data Analytics: HIM IT Fundamentals, Electronic Health Record Systems, Informatics, and Database Development and Design
  • Management: Leadership and Strategy, Human Resource, Operations, and Project Management
  • Classification and Reimbursement: ICD-10, CPT4, Intermediate Coding, and Reimbursement
  • Clinical Medicine: Pathophysiology, Medical Terminology, Clinical Procedures, and Pharmacology
  • Internships: Professional Practice Internship (one full day per week for five weeks at a facility in the Delaware Valley) and Management Internship (four weeks at a facility outside of the area where you will be participating in solving a management project at that organization. Examples of internship sites include: University of Pennsylvania Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, NYU Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Philadelphia Eagles.)



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 the nationally recognized certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

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 students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum (Analytical Reading & Writing, Mosaic I and II, Arts, Human Behavior, Global/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 Sociology 1167.
    • Kinesiology 1223 & 1224.
    • Computer & Information Science 1055 or successfully pass a computer competency exam.
    • Health Information Management 1101 (Medical Terminology).
    • Health Information Management 2203 (U.S. Health Care System).
    • Health Information Management 2215 (Health Information Management IT Fundamentals).
  • Health Information Management Professional Courses:
    • Health Information Management 3101, 3106, 3107, 3111, 3113, 3203, 3208, 3212, 3214, 3271, 3297, 4101, 4102, 4104, 4105, 4113, 4121, 4185, 4202, 4206, 4207, 4286, 4298.

3. Electives: 9 credits. Strongly recommended electives include business writing electives.


Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan


Requirements for New Students starting in the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Year 1, Fall (Term 1)
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 GA
Health Information Management 1101 Medical Terminology 3  
Total       14  
* Mathematics 0823: Math for a Digital World or Mathematics 0824: Mathematical Patterns is strongly recommended.
Year 1, Spring (Term 2)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Kinesiology 1223 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 (GS)
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  
Year 2, Fall (Term 3)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage   0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Varies   Elective ** 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Kinesiology 1224 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 (GS)

Elements of Statistics
Social Statistics
Total       16  
** English 2007: Writing for Business & Industry is recommended.
Year 2, Spring (Term 4)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Computer & Information Science 1055 Computers & Applications 4  
Health Information Management 2215 Health Information Management IT Fundamentals 3  
Varies   General Elective 3  
Health Information Management 2203 U.S. Health Care System 3  
Varies   General Elective 3  
Total       16  
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.
Year 3, Fall (Term 5)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Health Information Management 3101 Health Record Documentation 3  
Health Information Management 3106 Pathophysiology 3  
Health Information Management 3107 Health Information Management Leadership
& Strategic Management
Health Information Management 3111 Statistics and Research in Health Care 3  
Health Information Management 3113 Healthcare Database Design and Development 3  
Total     15  
Year 3, Spring (Term 6)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Health Information Management 3297 Health Information Management Human
Resource Management
3 WI^
Health Information Management 3212 Clinical Procedures 2  
Health Information Management 3208 International Classification of Diseases 3  
Health Information Management 3203 Electronic Health Record Systems 3  
Health Information Management 3214 Pharmacology 1  
Health Information Management 3271 Professional Development 1  
Total     13  
^Indicates writing capstone for major.
Year 4, Fall (Term 7)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Health Information Management 4101 Health Informatics: Infrastructure & Standards 3  
Health Information Management 4102 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3  
Health Information Management 4105 Current Procedural Terminology Coding 3  
Health Information Management 4113 Healthcare Reimbursement Systems 3  
Health Information Management 4207 Healthcare Quality Improvement 3  
Health Information Management 4185 Professional Practice Internship 1  
Health Information Management 4121 Healthcare Data Analytics 1  
Total     17  
Year 4, Spring (Term 8)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Health Information Management 4202 Health Information Management Project Management 3  
Health Information Management 4104 Health Information Management Operations Management 3  
Health Information Management 4206 Intermediate Coding 3  
Health Information Management 4286 Management Internship 4  
Health Information Management 4298 Health Information Management Senior Seminar 3 WI^
Total     16  
^Indicates writing capstone for major.
Total Credits Required for Graduation: 123  
Note: All professional courses are offered only once a year.


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