Curriculum

Program Overview

The joint master's program consists of 58 credits between the Health Information Management and IT Leadership programs. The courses include 51 credits of core courses and seven credits of a research sequence. The course work is a collaborative experience with involvement from faculty in both programs to integrate research and practices from both disciplines.

Two on-site sessions in a retreat-like setting provide an invaluable opportunity to meet and interact in person with fellow students, professionals, faculty and staff.

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Credential track

The joint master's program also includes a new credential track for students who have not earned their RHIA credential. This track consists of 88 credits.

Students who do not hold their RHIA credential begin with our foundational courses. The number of foundational courses may vary by student, depending on your previous experience. 

  • Computer competence  - Word, Excel, Access
  • BIO 2002 | Human Body in Health & Disease (4)
  • HSC 2203 | U.S. Health Care System (4)
  • HIM 2102 | Intro to Pharmacothereapeutics (1)
  • HIM 2110 | Concepts & Principles of HIM (2)
  • HIM 2111 | HIM Technologies in Practice (2)
  • HIM 3132 | Medicolegal Issues (4)
  • HIM 4315 | Management Tools and Strategies (4)
  • CIS 3108 | Systems Analysis and Design (4)
  • HIM 4222 | Clinical Data Management (3)
  • HIM 4520 | Directed Practice (2)

Capstone

Students in both tracks choose a capstone option.

Plan A - Research focused, with a final applied project.

  • HIM 6535 | Final Applied Project Research I
  • HIM 6536 | Final Applied Project Research II (3)

Plan B - Choose 2 electives

  • HIM 6511 | Health Information Security Systems (3)
  • HIM 6529 | Change Leadership (3)
  • HIM 6531 | Best Practices/Implementation Strategies for the EHR (3)
  • HIM 6533 | Methods of Health Information Exchange (3)
  • HIF 6230 | Human Factors & Usability Assessment (3)
  • HIF 6537 | System Design & Software Development (3)

Advanced Track

  • HIM 6501 | Technology Applications in Healthcare (3)
  • HIM 6502 | Development of Clinical Information Systems (3)
  • HIM 6505 | Database Methods for Clinical Information Management (3)
  • HIM 6509 | Medical Vocabularies and Classification Systems (3)
  • HIM 6506 | Assessing Healthcare Quality (3)
  • HIM 6532 | Methods of Healthcare Monitoring, Evaluating, and Research (3)
  • HIM 6508 | Healthcare Data Analytics (3)
  • CIS 6101 | Leadership Communication (3)
  • CIS 6105 | Strategies of Information Technology (3)
  • CIS 6113 | IT Management Ethics (3)
  • CIS 6208 | IT Project Management (3)
  • CIS 6248 | IT Change Leadership (3)
  • CIS 6575 | Optimizing Intellectual Capital (3)
  • PRM 6119 | Strategic Decision Making (3)
  • HIM 6545 | Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry (3)
  • HIM 6530 | Clinical Workflow & Process Redesign (3)
  • HIM 6524 | Strategic Management in Healthcare (3)
  • HIM 6523 | Graduate Seminar (1)

Capstone

Students in both tracks choose a capstone option.

Plan A - Research focused, with a final applied project.

  • HIM 6535 | Final Applied Project Research I
  • HIM 6536 | Final Applied Project Research II (3)

Plan B - Choose 2 electives

  • HIM 6511 | Health Information Security Systems (3)
  • HIM 6529 | Change Leadership (3)
  • HIM 6531 | Best Practices/Implementation Strategies for the EHR (3)
  • HIM 6533 | Methods of Health Information Exchange (3)
  • HIF 6230 | Human Factors & Usability Assessment (3)
  • HIF 6537 | System Design & Software Development (3)
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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse CIS 6101 - Leadership Communication

An examination of the importance of leadership theories and styles, and the essential importance of communication. Oral and written communication methods will be studied to determine how effective communication is integral to the success of IT initiatives. Topics include communicating complex ideas, collaboration in a team environment, and using communication to lead a team and work effectively with complex interpersonal and team processes. (8weeks)

Expand and Collapse CIS 6105 - Strategies of Information Technology

Discussion of best practices in information technology (IT) with focus on how IT is used strategically in different organizations. The current trends in IT are studied and how IT infrastructure is changing in light of these trends. Case studies of specific organizations will be analyzed. (8 weeks)

Expand and Collapse CIS 6113 - IT Management Ethics

An examination on how technology affects societal thinking and the ways information technology challenges traditional ethical, legal, and social concepts. Additionally, a high level overview of security threats and corresponding policies are explored within this ethical context. Students will analyze different leadership, technology, and security issues and develop solutions to proactively address these concerns.

Expand and Collapse CIS 6208 - IT Project Management

A discussion of the project management process through the framework prescribed by a project management certifying body. Providing an IT perspective of planning, estimating, leading, and monitoring projects. Students will not only use project management software, but will also explore communication and personnel issues related to project management. (8 weeks)

Expand and Collapse CIS 6248 - IT Change Leadership

This course will focus on leveraging information technologies to affect change from an individual, team and organizational perspective. 21st century leaders must understand the strategic importance of change in their organizations. More and more, it is the IT leader that is expected to lead this change efficiently and effectively. This course will provide IT leaders with the opportunity to explore current change literature and apply it to their professional and personal situations.

Expand and Collapse CIS 6575 - Optimizing Intellectual Capital

An in-depth study of the methods and techniques organizations use to effectively discover, capture, manage, and reuse knowledge assets. During this course, students explore the approaches used to design, implement, and apply knowledge management and business intelligence practices as well as the cultural and technical environments needed to support these practices.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6501 - Technology Appl Health Care

Introduction to current and emerging technology applications and data standards in the healthcare industry and how they relate to the collection of patient data and conversion to health information. Legacy, client server-based, and web-based systems examined, along with emerging technologies that support the creation of the electronic health record (EHR). Emphasis is on systems integration, systems security and the processes for evaluating and selecting applications that address organizational goals and functional requirements. Prerequisite: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6502 - Develop Clinical Info Systems

Focused on providing students with the expertise to conceptualize and strategically plan and build the appropriate health information infrastructure for supporting the knowledge requirements of the healthcare organization. Topics to be addressed include information systems theory and strategic planning; clinical information systems applications and operations analysis, data and technical infrastructures for the electronic health records; information system acquisition and implementation and the regulatory, standards and ethical environment and future trends in health information systems. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of HIM and US Healthcare System, HIM 6501, or permission of the department.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6505 - Database Methods Clin Info Mgt

Addresses database theory, methodologies for database design and issues related to database administration. Emphasis is on requirements and methodologies for assuring data integrity and security in healthcare enterprise information systems, specifically in relationship to the database environment. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of HIM and US Healthcare System, or permission of the department.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6506 - Assessing Healthcare Quality

Assess outcomes research activities, exert leadership in implementing clinical outcomes measurement projects/programs within healthcare organizations and systems. The course focuses on the role patient-centered outcomes information plays in assuring that healthcare systems are able to establish cost-effective clinical practices that do improve the health, functional status and well-being of healthcare consumers, and accreditation and legislative initiatives impacting healthcare outcomes activities. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of department.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6508 - Healthcare Data Analytics

Covers the techniques, strategies and the need/use of Information Technology (IT) tools for data collection, data analysis, reporting and knowledge management. Offers learners the foundational terminology, concepts, models, processes and tools associated with decision support and knowledge management systems to leverage data into information and knowledge enhance care processes, data quality, cost effectiveness and decision-making, ultimately increasing the strategic acumen of the organization. Prerequisites: Finance or Accounting and HIM 6505, or permission of the department.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6509 - Med Vocab & Classif Systems

The representation of clinical data through the use of medical vocabularies and clinical classification systems. Emphasis is on developing expertise in identifying appropriate clinical classification systems and medical vocabularies, identifying their appropriate uses and sources, and applying them within and among health information systems to promote effective communication. Prerequisite: HIM 6501 or permission of department.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6523 - Graduate Seminar

A capstone seminar in which students present the results of their Final Applied Projects and explore current issues relative to the field of Health Information Management in a rapidly changing health care delivery system. Prerequisite: HIM 6522.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6524 - Strategic Management in Health

Explores the theory and leadership practice of strategy, strategic thinking and strategic management in healthcare for success in changing and turbulent times. Focus is on the phases of environmental assessment, business planning, implementation and evaluation. Prepares students to lead through organizational change, innovation, strategic management and execution. The course serves as a core curriculum capstone for the HIM program and requires students to synthesize and integrate lessons learned in their previous courses.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6530 - Clinical Workflow & Process Re

This course explores how ancillary & clinical processes are designed and integrated together with the flow of information throughout a healthcare facility to bring decision-making value to healthcare professionals though quality information gathered in the most effective and efficient ways. Topics to be addressed include theory of quality and process improvement, workflow redesign, modeling techniques, use case scenario descriptions, clinical process reengineering, relationship to system infrastructure preparation and system build, outcomes measurement, and impact of change on organizational climate. Prerequisites: HIM 6502 or permission of the department.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6532 - Methods of Healthcare Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

Explores methods and processes used to systematically collect and measure information for the purpose of program evaluation. The course integrates several knowledge and skill areas including: research methods, statistics, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6535 - FAP Research I

Provides students with an opportunity to identify and research a topic related to Health Informatics and Information Management and explore it in detail. The student will develop a research plan, identify and finalize the research topic, develop a research design utilizing appropriate methods and analysis, and submit an IRB proposal.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6536 - FAP Research II

Provides students with an opportunity to conduct in-depth research on a topic related to Health Informatics and Information Management. The student will continue the research they began in HIM 6535, culminating in the completion of a Final Applied Project. The student will deploy a data collection instrument, collect and analyze the data, and submit a written report summarizing their research and analyzing results that support their recommendation/conclusion.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6545 - Corporate Compliance/HlthCare

Addresses a growing need to adequately train health care leaders in the field of health care compliance and various topics in health care compliance, including corporate compliance (fraud and abuse), privacy, risk management and identity theft. Essential elements of a corporate compliance program will be presented as well as primary federal legislation addressing fraud and abuse. Privacy of patient information will be discussed in terms of the HIPPA and HITECH regulations. Risk management concepts will be presented as well as identity theft as relates to medical identity theft. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.

Expand and Collapse PRM 6119 - Strategic Decision Making

An examination of the methods used to make informed and ethical strategic decisions. The course provides a review of qualitative and quantitative methods applied to the decision making process. Topics include goal setting, systems thinking, cost-benefit analysis, contingency planning, decision trees, risk assessment, and decision evaluation.

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