Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management.

William E. Aaronson, Ph.D., Chair
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https://cph.temple.edu/healthadminpolicy

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 manage 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 Resources, Operations, and Project Management
  • Classification and Reimbursement: ICD-10, CPT4, Intermediate Coding, and Reimbursement
  • Clinical Medicine: Pathophysiology, Medical Terminology, Clinical Procedures, and Pharmacology
  • Internship: 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 the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, NYU Medical Center, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Certification

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.

See www.ahima.org/certification/cchiim for information about credentialing in Health Information Management.

Accreditation

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).

Summary of Requirements

This is an upper-level program. Admitted students begin the program in the fall of their junior year and must have at least 55 credits completed by that semester. Transfer students must have their transfer credits evaluated by the Admissions Office and must meet general and prerequisite requirements of the program.

University Requirements

All students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum (Analytical Reading & Writing, Intellectual Heritage 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 writing-intensive courses for this major are HIM 3297 and HIM 4298.

College Requirement

All CPH students must complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001 Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play.

Clearance Requirements

Please note the Health Information Management program requires students to complete internships at facilities both on and off the University campus. These placements may require criminal background checks, Act 33/34 clearances and perhaps a drug screen. Placements may also require the student to maintain personal health insurance. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options which can, in turn, result in an inability to meet graduation requirements.

Program Requirements

Students in the HIM program are required to satisfy the following prerequisite courses (before or while applying to the program) and professional courses (after being admitted to the program). 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:

MATH 1013Elements of Statistics3
or PSY 1167 Foundations in Statistical Methods
or SOC 1167 Social Statistics
or EPBI 2219 Biostatistics and Public Health
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I 13-4
or KINS 1221 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II 13-4
or KINS 1222 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II
HIM 1101Medical Terminology3
HIM 1055IT Applications for Health3
HPM 2214Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System3
Total Credit Hours18-20

Health Information Management Professional Courses:2

HIM 2215Health Information Management IT Fundamentals3
HIM 3101Health Record Documentation3
HIM 3106Pathophysiology3
HIM 3107Health Information Management Leadership and Strategic Management3
HIM 3111Statistics and Research in Health Care3
HIM 3113Healthcare Database Design and Development3
HIM 3203Electronic Health Record Systems3
HIM 3208International Classification of Diseases3
HIM 3216Clinical Procedures and Pharmacology3
HIM 3271Professional Development1
HIM 3297Health Information Management Human Resource Management (WI)3
HIM 4101Health Informatics: Infrastructure and Standards3
HIM 4102Legal Aspects of Health Information Management3
HIM 4207Healthcare Quality Improvement3
HIM 4105Current Procedural Terminology Coding3
HIM 4113Healthcare Reimbursement Systems3
HIM 4121Healthcare Data Analytics3
HIM 4202Health Information Management Project Management3
HIM 4206Intermediate Coding3
HIM 4104Health Information Management Operations Management3
HIM 4286Management Internship4
HIM 4298Health Information Management Senior Seminar (WI)3
Total Credit Hours65

Electives

6 credits. Strongly recommended electives include business writing electives. 

Suggested Academic Plan 

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]14
GenEd Breadth Course3
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
KINS 1223 or 1221Human Anatomy and Physiology I (GS)23-4
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
GenEd Breadth Course3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
KINS 1224 or 1222Human Anatomy and Physiology II (GS)23-4
Select one of the following:3
Elements of Statistics 
Foundations in Statistical Methods 
Social Statistics 
Biostatistics and Public Health 
 Term Credit Hours13
Spring
General Elective3
HIM 1055IT Applications for Health3
General Elective3
HIM 1101Medical Terminology3
HPM 2214Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
HIM 2215Health Information Management IT Fundamentals3
HIM 3101Health Record Documentation3
HIM 3106Pathophysiology3
HIM 3107Health Information Management Leadership and Strategic Management3
HIM 3111Statistics and Research in Health Care3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
HIM 3113Healthcare Database Design and Development3
HIM 3203Electronic Health Record Systems3
HIM 3208International Classification of Diseases3
HIM 3216Clinical Procedures and Pharmacology3
HIM 3271Professional Development1
HIM 3297Health Information Management Human Resource Management [WI]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
HIM 4101Health Informatics: Infrastructure and Standards3
HIM 4102Legal Aspects of Health Information Management3
HIM 4105Current Procedural Terminology Coding3
HIM 4113Healthcare Reimbursement Systems3
HIM 4121Healthcare Data Analytics3
HIM 4207Healthcare Quality Improvement3
 Term Credit Hours18
Spring
HIM 4202Health Information Management Project Management3
HIM 4104Health Information Management Operations Management3
HIM 4206Intermediate Coding3
HIM 4286Management Internship4
HIM 4298Health Information Management Senior Seminar [WI]33
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123

A grade of C or better is required to satisfy ALL prerequisite and professional course requirements. Grades below a C will not be accepted.

Note: All professional courses are offered only once a year.