The healthcare field is rapidly expanding, and with that growth comes the need to leverage information to improve patient outcomes and organizational effectiveness. Healthcare organizations depend on medical databases like never before, and the planning, operations and maintenance behind these systems is critical to keeping processes running smoothly at hospitals, physician offices and care facilities.
With SNHU’s online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Health Information Management, you’ll focus on the integration of technology in healthcare organizations. As a graduate of one of our specialized healthcare administration programs, you’ll be equipped to identify and implement business rules to develop effective medical information management systems, especially in supervisory positions.
SNHU’s specialized healthcare administration bachelor’s in health information management is ideal for students seeking managerial roles. Healthcare organizations can benefit from the use of healthcare data and its application to decision-making. The health information concentration keys in on areas administrators may need to understand more deeply, such as computerized diagnostic and treatment equipment, health insurance changes, record management systems, data processing technology, and activity reports on a variety of programs and services.
Students interested in focusing their career solely in the area of health information management are encouraged to consider SNHU’s BS in Health Information Management program.
By earning your healthcare administration bachelor’s in health information management, you’ll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission — to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your healthcare administration bachelor’s in health information management at SNHU include:
Healthcare is the largest industry in the United States, as well as the second largest employer. That’s why the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth of 23 percent through 2022 for medical and health services managers. Salaries, which vary by region and responsibility, averaged $88,580 in May 2012.
A healthcare administration bachelor’s in health information management positions graduates for managerial roles such as first-line supervisors, business intelligence analysts, administrative services managers and quality control systems managers.
The curriculum for our healthcare administration bachelor’s in health information management combines technology knowledge – through courses such as Healthcare Data Management, Communication and Technologies, and Healthcare IT Infrastructure and Network Management – with our healthcare administration program’s core, which zeroes in on business, ethics and policy. Courses are taught by leading professionals in the healthcare administration and IT fields.
This course explains the economic tools healthcare administrators need to utilize for effective decision making. The course further explores a framework for understanding pricing, regulation, costs, market demand, profitability, and risk issues within the healthcare economy and utilizes case studies to synthesize this content.
This course explores key marketing concepts that the healthcare leader needs to understand to plan and implement an effective marketing strategy. The concepts explore include the marketing process, needs assessment, developing marketing campaigns and evaluating efficacy of marketing efforts.
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 provides an overview of the two main areas of Healthcare Finance, accounting and financial management. Topics explore include the healthcare financial environment, financial accounting principles, managerial accounting principles, financial management, long-term financing and capital investments.
This course examines the complex and intricate nature of the U.S. healthcare system and its implication for healthcare organizations and the populations served. Topics include the organization of healthcare, access to care and disparities, quality of care, funding, healthcare reform and impact for strategic planning for healthcare organizations.
Students in this course will develop the knowledge and skills to apply assessment instruments, data collection, research designs, and statistical analysis for needs assessment and program planning. Additionally students will explore contextual issues surrounding evaluation, evaluation designs and methodological issues pertinent to programmatic evaluation.
The capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired throughout their course work in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated program outcomes of their degree program in Healthcare Administration. Students must have completed 111 credits prior to registration.
This course presents the basic principles of epidemiology with particular emphasis on applications in healthcare management. Topics include specific tools of epidemiology used for purposes of planning, monitoring, and evaluating population health. These include identification of disease, measures of incidence and prevalence, study designs, confidence intervals, p-values, statistical interaction, causal inference, and survival analysis. Methods for managing the health of populations using an understanding of the factors that influence population health are discussed. Strategies that health care organizations and systems can use to control these factors are also considered.
This course explores a population-based approach to understanding disease management, chronic care management, and health policy making. It explores how behavioral factors, social circumstances and environmental exposures affects a population and how to mitigate these factors using culturally relevant approaches to create a culture of wellness.
Students in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in healthcare. Students explore concepts and principles of health care policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the health care environment. The impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care systems is explored.
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.
The human relations skills that managers need to develop interaction skills that contribute directly to effective human resource management and the development of higher productivity are studied. Skill areas include leadership, motivation, communications, group dynamics, organizational development, management by objectives, and stress and time management. Students learn techniques for becoming more effective managers, subordinates, peers and persons. Students are introduced to the international aspects of human relations.
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.
This course focuses on the primary factors that influence behavior in organizations. Emphasis is placed on leadership, group dynamics, inter- group dynamics, organizational structure and design, change, culture, power and politics, environment and technology and organizational behavior in an international context. Offered every year. Writing and team intensive course. Junior standing or permission of instructor.
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 learn about the primary infrastructure components of the modern healthcare information systems including hardware, software, and storage systems relevant to maintaining the healthcare network. Students will learn about planning, maintaining and auditing data communications and networks in an organization. Students engage in assignments focused on long and short-term planning, operations, maintenance and forecasting.
Free elective Credits: 21
Total Credits: 120
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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