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Program Description
The environment of the HIM professional is rapidly changing with the emphasis on electronic health records, new coding systems, patient privacy, and innovations in reimbursement and regulation. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Information Management (HIM) at UDM prepares students to become leaders in this changing environment and to develop the attitudes and principles which will encourage continuing growth in the profession that is constantly expanding in scope and responsibility.

Projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the United States, health information management (HIM) is and excellent career choice for the person who is seeking a healthcare profession that combines interest in computer sciences, business, management, legal procedures, and healthcare research.

Health Information Management improves the quality of health care by insuring that the best information is available to make any healthcare decision. HIM professionals manage healthcare data and information resources. The profession encompasses services in planning, collecting, aggregating, analyzing, and disseminating individual patient and aggregate clinical data. It serves the healthcare industry including: patient care organizations, payers, research and policy agencies, and other healthcare related industries.

Baccalaureate degree HIM graduates may hold positions such as data quality manager, project manager, analyst, compliance officer, privacy/security officer, standards manager, or reimbursement manager within the healthcare industry.

Consistent with the UDM Mission, the HIM program emphasizes service and skills to support the provision of quality health care to address current and future needs in the local community and beyond.

Admission Criteria
In order to be admitted to the Health Information Management program, applicant must meet the entrance requirements of the University. In addition, to gain acceptance to the program students must fulfill the following criteria:

First-time college students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.50 and have completed two years of high school mathematics with a grade of C or higher and must complete UDM placement tests in English composition and mathematics. Scores on the College Entrance Examination Board (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) will also be examined. High school graduates who are properly prepared to undertake the Health Information Management program should have a college preparatory program as outlined in the "Recommended High School Preparation" section of this catalog under "Admission to the University."

Transfer students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 and must complete UDM placement tests in English composition and mathematics.

Conditional Admission
Conditional admission may be granted to those students whose academic achievement falls below the standards required for full-admissions status. In such cases, the applicant may be required to fulfill course work and/or conditions before full-admissions status is granted.

Academic Standards
Students in the Health Information Management program must attain a minimum grade of "C" or better in all HIM courses. In addition, stuents must maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. The academic policies in the Student Handbook govern academic conduct, progression, withdrawal and dismissal.

University Core Curriculum
All undergraduate degree students at the University of Detroit Mercy are required to fulfill the objectives of the University's Core Curriculum. The curriculum consists of courses designed to meet objectives which ensure that students received an overall education consistent with the mission of the University.

Degree Requirements

HIM Core Courses - 27 credits
HIM 2050 Medical Terminology 3
HIM 2800 Pharmacotherapy 3
HIM 3350 Clinical Data & Health Information Needs 3
HIM 3650 Health Reimbursement Systems Management 3
HIM 3700 Coding Systems 3
HIM 3800 Health Information Accreditation Regulation and Standards 3
HIM 4200 Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management 3
HIM 4600 Strategic Planning and Management of Health Information Systems 3
HIM 4900 Health Information Management Internship (168 contact hours) 3

Supportive Core - 51 credits
BIO 2450 Principles of Human Anatomy 3
BIO 2550 Principles of Human Physiology 3
BIO 4980 Pathophysiology 3
HSA 3010 Overview of Healthcare Systems 3
HSA 3750 Management of Health Services Organizations 3
HSA 3640 Human Resource Management in Healthcare 3
HSA 3000 Accounting for Health Care Professionals 3
HSA 4700 Quantative Methods for Health Services 3
HSA 3100 Health Care Law & Regulations 3
HSA 4650 Health Services Financial Management 3
CIS 1060 Healthcare Informatics 3
CIS 3050 HIM Software Requirement 3
CIS 3450 HIM Project Management 3
CIS 3820 Database Design 3
CIS 3870 HIM Secured Database Programming 3
CIS 4850 HIM Information Assurance 3
STA 2250 Statistics 3

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