Build your skillset and gain valuable professional practice experience with SNHU’s health information management degree online. This bachelor of science degree is ideal for someone just beginning their studies in health information and for professionals wanting a structured field experience as part of their online HIM degree program.
Through specialized studies and a professional practice or experiential learning experience, you'll learn the technology, terminology and professional skills required for a career in health information management. You’ll also receive value exposure to a professional healthcare setting, giving you an advantage over other job seekers.
The HIM degree program is based on the curriculum principles established by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Health Information Management education programs (CAHIIM). The program is not approved or accredited by CAHIIM and is not available to residents of the following states: Kentucky, North Carolina.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission — to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning an online HIM degree at SNHU include:
Recent federal regulations requiring healthcare organizations to maintain secure electronic patient records have expanded the job opportunities in health information management. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for educated HIM professionals will grow 22 percent by 2022. The increased use of data to produce better treatment and patient outcomes, together with our aging population, has created strong opportunities for employment in this expanding field. SNHU’s online HIM degree and professional practice experience provides a solid foundation for this growing discipline.
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With a bachelor’s in health information management, you'll be prepared to work in a variety of health-related careers. Job titles include: clinical information specialist, database administrator, implementation support specialist, public health information analyst and health information analyst, specialist and manager. Employment settings include:
SNHU’s health information management bachelor’s program teaches you the technology, terminology and professional skills required for a rewarding career in health information management then combines on-the-job experience to give you the ultimate competitive edge. By combining theory and practice, you’ll emerge ready to take on real responsibilities in this vitally important, data-driven profession.
This course provides an overview of the nature, organization, and function of the continuum of health services found in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the interrelation of cultural, economic, political and social aspects of health care delivery at the federal, state and local level. Topics include health care costs, accessibility of services, governmental influence on health care delivery, private industry role in health care, services for the medically indigent and elderly, ethical issues regarding transplants, reproductive technology, end of life decisions and funding.
This course explores some of the major issues facing the healthcare industry and the effect that public policy and business environment has on a healthcare organization. Emphasis is on supply and demand theory, reimbursement systems, managed care, charge-master management, Case-mix management, DRG prospective payment, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, governmental regulations, accessibility, eligibility, budgeting, and planning. Students learn to use informational and research tools to make effective management decisions.
This course describes the use of information technology and the role of HIT professionals in the development of the electronic health record. It introduces the health information infrastructure and systems along with healthcare informatics, including applications, technology, privacy, and security.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the basic ability to identify nomenclatures and classification systems as well as assign codes using the appropriate principles, guidelines, and conventions and apply ICD-10-CM and ICD conventions' rules and guidelines.
This course examines the design and the use of medical databases. Students will learn how to implement business rules and data modeling to develop medical information management systems. The course further explores database applications for decision support including evidence-based practice, alerts, allergy management, and identification of gaps in care. Students will design databases and systems that reflect privacy and security requirements of HIPAA and HITECH Act.
The Communication and Technologies course will review and evaluate an assortment of technologies including: data, information, and file structures (data administration, data definitions, data dictionary, data modeling, data structures, data warehousing, database management systems), system interoperability, data sharing, Health Information Exchanges (HIE), and the Nation-wide Health Information Infrastructure (NHIN).
In this course students will learn to manage health data elements, data sets (i.e. HEDIS, UHDDS, OASIS) and databases as well as perform a data quality assessment and integrity review. Health information archival and retrieval systems, as well as data capture tools and technologies (i.e. forms, data input screens, templates, other health record documentation tools), will be analyzed. Students will review healthcare taxonomies, clinical vocabularies nomenclatures (such as ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, SNOWMED-CT, DSM-IV). Topics will include severity of illness systems, data integrity, coding audits, CCI, electronic billing, patient identity management policies, and X12N. Additionally, the course will review charge-master management, revenue cycles, and audit processes (i.e. compliance and reimbursement).
Students in this course will examine ethics and the fundamentals of law as they pertain to health information management professionals. Students will practice developing organization-wide ethical guidelines, policies, and procedures which comply with current healthcare law and best practices. Students will learn about the U.S. legal system, civil procedure, evidence, and tort law. Students will analyze the legal health record (maintenance, content, documentation, & disposition). Students will review corporations, contracts, business associate agreements, anti-trust legal issues, medical staff, and work place law. Other areas covered include: consent to treat, HIPAA privacy rule, HIPAA security rule, security threats and controls, risk management, access, use, & disclosure/release of health information, corporate compliance, required reporting, and mandatory disclosure laws.
The capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management or the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management - Professional Practice Concentration. This course builds on the concepts of all courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their course work in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program in Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management or the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management - Professional Practice Concentration.
This combined Pathophysiology and Pharmacology course will examine alterations in the normal physiology of body structures, as well as concepts of pharmacodynamics, biochemistry, and pharmacokinetics across the lifespan. The relationships among evidence and many variables impacting pathophysiology and pharmacology, such as culture, genetics, religion, gender, lifestyle, economics, and age, will also be explored. Implications related to pathophysiological and pharmacological concepts will be applied to health informatics.
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the management of operations and explore how healthcare organizations can use advance methods to improve healthcare processes, delivery, and outcomes. Specific focus will be on analyzing cycle times (e.g., patient wait times), measuring productivity, streamlining process flows, tracking outcomes and performance metrics, and generally improving health management processes and health outcomes. The process improvement will be measured by how it can improve quality of care and safety of healthcare delivery, reduce waste, and reduce costs. The role of technology and innovative approaches in improving continuing quality improvement in healthcare delivery will be presented.
This course focuses on the concepts, principles, tools, finances and strategies used in managing operations within a performance improvement model. Students will explore problem solving and decision making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, reporting, and improving the productivity and performance of resources within a healthcare department. Additionally, topics will include healthcare finance reimbursement, bookkeeping, accounting principles, budgeting processes (capital and operating), and cost/benefits analysis.
This course provides the hardware/software technology background for information technology personnel. Hardware topics include CPU architecture, memory, registers, addressing modes, busses, instruction sets and a variety of input/output devices. Software topics include operating system modules, process management, memory and file system management. Also included are basic network components and multi-user operating systems. Offered every year.
This course provides students with an introduction to the foundations of data and information management, centered around the core skills of data management and database organization. The course will focus on identifying organizational requirements for data and information, modeling the requirements using relational techniques, implementing the models into a database using a database management system, and understanding the issues of data quality and data security. The course will also introduce the framework of enterprise information management and the growing need for managing data and information in organizations effectively to support decision making and competitive advantage.
As modern organizations have become more complex, they have also become more project-driven. This course uses a basic project management framework in which the project life-cycle is broken into organizing, planning, monitoring and controlling the project. You will learn the methodologies and tools necessary at each stage for managing the projects effectively in terms of time, cost, quality, risk and resources.
This course examines the fundamentals of policies and administration. Major tasks of procedures and developing, maintaining and utilizing an effective team are studied. Students are introduced to international human resource management. Offered every semester.
The emergence of new data sources is transforming the role of the data analyst from one who simply reports information to one who is charged with making sense of the available data and distilling from it the salient aspects for the given audience. In this course, students will examine the concepts of data analysis and how it informs the business process. Emphasis will be placed on the development of sound research questions, the identification and verification of data sources, the retrieval, cleaning, and manipulation of data, and the process for identifying the data elements that are relevant for a given audience. An overview of the regulatory organizations that govern the release of data will also be reviewed.
The Professional Practical Experience course provides hands-on experiences for the Bachelor of Science students in Health Information Management. Students will choose either a traditional on-site internship with a preceptor or a hybrid internship which includes working with a preceptor on an off-site project and participating in an online simulation. The Professional Practice Experience (PPE) is designed to provide students with a directed preceptor experience, which is supervised and evaluated at professional practice site(s). The PPE provides students with the opportunity to refine developed competencies and skills sets that were introduced in the Health Information Management courses.
Free Elective Credits: 21
Total Credits: 120
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Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
*Tuition rates are subject to change. Changes are generally implemented in June each year.
Additional Costs Books (course by course).
Students are responsible for providing their own internet access.
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