Health Information Management and Technology (BS)

Health Information Management and Technology (BS)

Description

Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) professionals govern, analyze and protect digital and traditional health information, which is vital to healthcare data and providing quality and consistent patient care.

The HIMT program at Detroit Mercy is a comprehensive, CAHIIM-accredited and HIMSS-partnered program that includes a 120-credit Bachelor of Science, an 18-credit minor and a 24-credit post-baccalaureate certificate. All HIM courses are offered online so you may “attend class” on your own schedule and within a global community of learners. 

The program is distinct in that it provides students with a global platform for the practice of health information management and while allowing students to choose a technology focus of interest. Within this Bachelor of Science program, students may choose a minor in Cybersecurity, a minor in Computer Science or a focus in data analytics (with no additional credits needed toward the degree). This allows students to mix their knowledge of health information management with their interest. This opens the field of health information management into the areas of cybersecurity and patient privacy, the computer science of health records design and the analysis and management of data.

The field of health information management and technology is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the United States, and is an excellent career choice for the person who is seeking a career in healthcare that combines technology, business, management, finance, medicine and research.  The field provides a diverse opportunity to work in many different disciplines of healthcare and a wide variety of work settings.  

Consistent with the Detroit Mercy mission, the HIMT program emphasizes service-learning and includes a service-learning practicum that provides students with the opportunity to apply HIMT skills within a healthcare environment that serves an underserved portion of the local healthcare community.

Benefits to Detroit Mercy’s HIMT Program

A major or post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management and Technology at University of Detroit Mercy will provide students the opportunity to specialize and prepare for the following international credentialing exams:

  • American Health Information Management (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)
  • American Health Information Management (AHIMA) Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA)
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP)
  • American Health Information Management (AHIMA) Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS)
  • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam
  • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM)
  • Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems
  • Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) Certified Physician Practice Executive (CMPE)

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    Accreditation

    The baccalaureate degree and post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management and Technology at Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Ave 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800 / 312-233-1134.

    Graduation from a CAHIIM accredited program allows students the opportunity to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.


     

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    Admission Criteria

    To be admitted to the Health Information Management and Technology program, applicants must meet the entrance requirements of the University. In addition, to gain acceptance to the program students must fulfill the following criteria:

    Freshmen

    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 Detroit Mercy 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 and Technology program should have a college preparatory program as outlined in the section of this catalog titled "Admission to the University." (see section "Recommended High School Preparation")

    Transfer

    Transfer students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 and must complete Detroit Mercy 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-admission status. In such cases, the applicant may be required to fulfill course work and/or conditions before full-admission status is granted.

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    Academic Standards

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

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    Degree Requirements

    Health Information Management and Technology
    Major Courses - 33 credits

    • HIM 1090 Information Systems for Global Healthcare (3 credits)
    • HIM 2050 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
    • HIM 2080 PathoPharmacology for Healthcare Professionals (3 credits)
    • HIM 2600 Global Healthcare Data and Statistics (3 credits)
    • HIM 3400 Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management (3 credits)
    • HIM 3750 Healthcare Classification Systems (3 credits)
    • HIM 3900 Clinical Documentation Improvement (3 credits)
    • HIM 4250 Quality and Security of Health Information (3 credits)
    • HIM 4600 Global Leadership & Strategic Planning for Health Professionals (3 credits)
    • HIM 4800 Healthcare Information and Data Governance (3 credits)
    • HIM 4900 Service Learning Health Information Management Internship (80 contact hours) (3 credits)

    HIM Supportive Courses - 41 credits

    • BIO 2300 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture I (3 credits)
    • BIO 2320 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II (3 credits)
    • HSA 3001 Accounting for Health Professions 
    • HSA 3100 Laws and Regulations (3 credits)
    • HSA 4700 Evidence-Based Research for Health Services Administrators (3 credits)

    HIMT Supportive Technology Courses

    Cybersecurity Minor

    Or

    Data Analytics Focus

    • CIS 3350 Introduction to Human Factors in IT Security
    • CIS 4060 Software Requirements and Design
    • CIS 4070 Software Testing and Quality Assurance or CIS 4600 Data Mining for Cybersecurity
    • CIS 4505 Software Project Management
    • CIS 4720 Introduction to Incident Response
    • CIS 4850 IA Risk Management

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    Computer Science Minor

    Select two of the following CSSE Electives (6 credits)
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    University Core Curriculum

    All undergraduate degree students at 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. See the Core Curriculum section for more details.

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    Electives

    Students may need to complete additional electives in order to reach the minimum total required credits of 120. Although not required, students could consider combining electives in order to also obtain up to two Detroit Mercy minors or obtaining an additional major (dual major).

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    Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) Student Handbook 2021-2022

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    Accreditation

    The baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management and Technology program at Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Ave 21st Floor, Chicago, IL  60601-5800 / 312-233-1134.
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    Program Contact Information

    Pat DeVoy, PhD, EdS, LPN, RHIA, CPC, CPPM, CMA
    Program Director, Health Information Management and Technology
    McNichols Campus
    College of Health Professions
    4001 W. McNichols
    Detroit, MI 48221-3038
    devoyps@udmercy.edu
    Telephone: 313-993-1565
    Fax: 313-993-1271
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