BS in Health Information Management - Professional Practice

Enhance Your Education with Real-World Experience

Gain hands-on experience with SNHU's health informatics degree with the Professional Practice concentration. This concentration is ideal for someone just beginning their studies in health information and for professionals wanting a structured field experience as part of their degree program.

What You’ll Learn

Through specialized studies and an internship, you'll learn the technology, terminology and professional skills required for a career in health information management. You will be trained in a professional healthcare setting, giving you a competitive edge against other candidates in the field. Individuals who are not able to participate in an internship should select the BS Health Information Management program option without the professional practice internship.

Where You Can Go

At Southern New Hampshire University, the healthcare informatics degree program is unique, as it combines the study of information technology, healthcare management and health informatics. The Professional Practice concentration will prepare you to work in a variety of positions, including:

  • Health information analysts
  • Health information managers 
  • Information management redesign specialists
  • Implementation support specialists
  • Public health information analysts

Bachelor's in Health Information Management - Professional Practice Online Degree Curriculum

The Professional Practice concentration is based on the curriculum principles established by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This program is not approved or accredited by CAHIIM.

Professional Practice Concentration Availability:
The Professional Practice concentration is not available to residents of the following states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia and Puerto Rico.

Required Core Courses

General Education program: 45 credits

BIO-210: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Discussion/comparison of the principles of mammalian form and function. Includes molecular and cellular mechanisms of major processes (such as muscle contraction, neural transmission, and signal transduction) and examines the structure and function of the 11 organ systems of the human body. Laboratory exercises (BIO-210L) to follow lecture topics.
IHP-340: Statistics for Healthcare Professionals
This course explores the basic statistical concepts of inference, variability, and statistical significance. Statistical methods used to describe data, quantify relationships and to test for differences between means will be studied. Parametric statistics will be the main focus but some common nonparametric tests will be introduced. The course will focus on the interpretation of published research findings.

Major Courses

HCM-205: Medical Terminology
This course provides students with the ability to communicate in a professional, effective manner in a variety of healthcare settings. Through a realistic approach, students learn the rules for building and defining medical terms, the correct pronunciation and spelling of medical terms, and the application of medical terminology as it relates to each body system. The course introduces various types of medical records and reports, and provides the skills to read and interpret them. A variety of activities guide the student in the application of medical terminology as it relates to the clinical world.
HCM-340: Healthcare Delivery Systems
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.
HCM-345: Healthcare Reimbursement
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.
HIM-200: Introduction to Health Information Technology
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.
HIM-215: Coding & Classification Systems
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.
HIM-220: Healthcare Data Management
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.
HIM-350: Communication and Technologies
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).
HIM-360: Coding and Classifications Systems II
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).
HIM-480: Health Information Management Capstone
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.
IHP-420: Ethical and Legal Considerations of Healthcare
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.
IHP-430: Healthcare Quality Management
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.
IHP-450: Healthcare Management and Finance
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.
IT-201: Computer Platform Technologies
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.
CIS-100 or IT-100
IT-204: Introduction to Data and Information Management
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.
QSO-340: Project Management
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.

Professional Practice Concentration

DAT-220: Fundamentals of Data Mining
A large portion of data analytics focuses on identifying meaningful patterns in data. Using a case studies approach, students will examine effective strategies that blend both hypothesis testing and data-driven discovery methods to identify meaningful data patterns and apply that knowledge to common business problems. Emphasis will be placed on data-mining tasks such as classification, clustering, and sequential pattern discovery.
Take DAD-215, 220 or 334
HIM-445: Professional Practical Experience
The Professional Practical Experience course provides hands-on experiences for the Bachelor of Science students in Health Information Management. 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. This course is only available for Professional Practice candidates.
Professional Practice candidates only
OL-211: Human Resource Management
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.

Free Elective Credits: 21

Total Credits: 120

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