B.S. Health Information Management Areas of Study

The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management provides a solid foundation in computer information systems and technologies for healthcare organizations including healthcare regulation, project management of health systems, databases, and security. In addition to the health information management content, the degree program includes a broad collegiate education. The program is designed for those who have some technical or clinical knowledge in a health care environment and are ready to move to increased levels of expertise and knowledge in the health information management field. The health information management component of the Bachelor of Science program consists of the following areas of study: Healthcare Data, Health Information Technology, Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. There are a number of other areas of study that students master including Fundamentals of IT in Healthcare, Legal and Ethical Considerations in Healthcare, Leadership and Management, Anatomy and Physiology, Healthcare Compliance and Coding, Project Management, Financial Resource Management, and Healthcare Statistics. There are two professional practice experiences required with a portfolio project in each. At the end of the program students complete a capstone project.

Healthcare Management

Healthcare Ecosystems
This course covers skills and competencies in relation to the organization, components, and operation of healthcare systems; licensure and accreditation, quality, and reimbursement; access to healthcare, federal healthcare, and legislative programs; and trends in healthcare delivery.

Healthcare Information Systems Management
Information Systems Management provides an overview of many facets of information systems applicable to business. The course explores the importance of viewing information technology (IT) as an organizational resource that must be managed, so that it supports or enables organizational strategy. The 7 competencies covered in the course include the primary processes involved in system development (i.e., analysis, design, and implementation), networks, database resource management, hardware and software, e-commerce and social media, IS security and ethics, and mobile vs. desktop computing. Students will learn how decision support and communication are securely facilitated in a global marketplace. The course also explores current and continuously evolving technologies, strategic thinking, and big-picture issues at the intersection of management and technology.

Health Information Law and Regulations
Health Information Law and Regulations prepares you to manage health information in compliance with legal guidelines and teaches you how to respond to questions and challenges when legal issues occur. It also presents the types of situations occurring in health information management which could result in ethical dilemmas, and establishes a foundation for your work based on legal and ethical guidelines.

Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology focuses on the anatomy of word building and medical terminology as it relates to body organization and directional terms, the integumentary system, special senses of the eye and ear, the musculoskeletal system, the digestive system, blood, lymphatic, immunity and infections, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, nervous system and mental health, urinary system, endocrine system, male and female reproductive systems, and cancer.

Pathophysiology is an overview of the pathology and treatment of diseases in the human body, tissues, glands and membranes, the integumentary system, the sensory system, skeletal and muscular systems, the digestive system, blood, vessels and circulation, lymphatic system, immunity and disease, heart and respiratory system, nervous, urinary and endocrine systems, and male and female reproductive systems.

Healthcare Compliance
Healthcare Compliance examines the role of the coding professional within Healthcare Information Management. The course covers the compliance plan, issues that arise with noncompliance, and management of internal and external audits.

Healthcare Financial Resource Management
Healthcare Financial Resource Management examines financial practices within healthcare industries to promote effective management at the departmental and organizational level. Focusing on financial processes associated with facility operations in the healthcare field, students will analyze the impact of strategic financial planning, and regulatory control processes. This course has no prerequisites.

Healthcare Reimbursement
Healthcare Reimbursement addresses the management of financial resources at the departmental or organizational level. Competency areas include analysis of reimbursement systems and how the coding and billing function impacts the revenue cycle.

Quality and Performance Management and Methods
Quality and Performance Management and Methods examines quality initiatives within healthcare. Quality issues cover human resource management, employee performance and they ultimate goal is patient safety. This course focuses on quality improvement initiatives and performance improvement within the health information management perspective.

General Education

English Composition I
This course introduces learners to the types of writing and thinking that is valued in college and beyond. Students will practice writing in several genres and several media, with emphasis placed on writing and revising academic arguments. The course contains supporting media, articles, and excerpts to support a focus on one of five disciplinary threads (covering the topics of nursing, business, information technology, teaching, and literature, art, and culture) designed to engage students and welcome them into discussion about contemporary issues. The course supports peer review activities, though it may be completed asynchronously as well. Instruction and exercises in grammar, mechanics, research documentation, and style are paired with each module so that writers can practice these skills as necessary. This course includes full access to the MindEdge Writing Pad to support student writing and coaching sessions.

Introduction to Communication
This introductory communication course allows students to become familiar with the fundamental communication theories and practices necessary to engage in healthy professional and personal relationships. Students will survey human communication on multiple levels and critically apply the theoretical grounding of the course to interpersonal, intercultural, small group, and public presentational contexts. The course also encourages students to consider the influence of language, perception, culture, and media on their daily communicative interactions. In addition to theory, students will engage in the application of effective communication skills through systematically preparing and delivering an oral presentation. By practicing these fundamental skills in human communication, students become more competent communicators as they develop more flexible, useful, and discriminatory communicative practices in a variety of contexts.

English Composition II
English Composition II introduces learners to research writing and thinking that are valued in college and beyond. The Composition II course at WGU should be seen as a foundational course designed to help undergraduate students build fundamental skills for ongoing development in writing and research. Students will complete an academic research paper.

Intermediate Algebra
This course provides an introduction of algebraic concepts and the development of the essential groundwork for College Algebra. Topics include: A review of basic mathematical skills, the real number system, algebraic expressions, linear equations, graphing, exponents and polynomials.

Critical Thinking and Logic
Reasoning and Problem Solving helps students internalize a systematic process for exploring issues that takes them beyond an unexamined point of view and encourages them to become more self-aware thinkers by applying principles of problem identification and clarification, planning and information gathering, identifying assumptions and values, analysis and interpretation of information and data, reaching well-founded conclusions, and identifying the role of critical thinking in the disciplines and professions.

College Algebra
College Algebra covers basic algebraic concepts and functions and their use in describing, interpreting, and modeling realworld situations. Topics include real and complex numbers, algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities, graphs, relations and functions, polynomial, rational, inverse, exponential and logarithmic functions, function composition, and systems of linear equations.

Survey of United States Constitution and Government
In Survey of United States Constitution and Government, you will examine the structure, institutions and principles of the American political system. The foundation of the United States government is the U.S. Constitution, and this course will introduce the concepts of (a) separation of powers, (b) checks and balances, (c) civil liberties and civil rights, and (d) federalism and republicanism. By completing this course, you will have proven competency in the structures of government, your own role in the policymaking process, and the ways in which the Constitution and government has changed over time.

Introduction to Humanities
This introductory humanities course allows students to practice essential writing, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to engage in civic and professional interactions as mature, informed adults. Whether through studying literature, visual and performing arts, or philosophy, all humanities courses stress the need to form reasoned, analytical, and articulate responses to cultural and creative works. Studying a wide variety of creative works allows students to more effectively enter the global community with a broad and enlightened perspective.

Introduction to Biology
This course is an introduction to the biological sciences for non major students. The overarching theories of life from biological research are explored as well as the fundamental concepts and principles of the study of living organisms and their interaction with the environment. Key concepts include how living organisms use and produce energy; how life grows, develops, and reproduces; how life responds to the environment to maintain internal stability; and how life evolves and adapts to the environment.

Introduction to Probability and Statistics
In this course, students demonstrate competency in the basic concepts, logic, and issues involved in statistical reasoning. Topics include summarizing and analyzing data, sampling and study design, and probability.

Introduction to Psychology
In this course, students will develop an understanding of psychology and how it helps them better understand others and themselves. Students will learn general theories about psychological development, the structure of the brain, and how psychologists study behavior. They will gain an understanding of both normal and disordered psychological behaviors, as well as general applications of the science of psychology in society (such as personality typing and counseling).

IT Fundamentals

Introduction to IT
This course introduces students to information technology as a discipline and the various roles and functions of the IT department as business support. Students are presented with various IT disciplines including systems and services, network and security, scripting and programming, data management, and business of IT, with a survey of technologies in every area and how they relate to each other and to the business.

Health Information Technology

Healthcare Informatics

Classification Systems

Healthcare Data

Data Analytics and Information Governance

Healthcare Statistics and Research

Health Sciences

Anatomy and Physiology I
This course introduces basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology through a survey of the structures and functions of the body’s organ systems. Students will have the opportunity to explore the body through laboratory experience and apply the basic knowledge of the course. For nursing students this is the first of two anatomy and physiology courses within the program of study.

Pharmacology covers concepts in Pharmacology including drug classification and effects, and the numerous types of pharmacological interventions used to treat disease and disorders in the systems of the human body.

Business of IT

Business of IT – Project Management
This course introduces the student to the project management & business analysis process within the context of an IT project. Fundamental concepts of project management will be covered including all phase of project management during a system life cycle including business analysis, requirements capturing, issue tracking, and release planning. Additional topics to include: development environments (dev, integration, QA, production), help desk and support, IT planning for business continuity. This course prepares students for the following certification exam: CompTIA Project+.

Business of IT – Applications
This course introduces IT students to information systems (IS). The course includes important topics related to management of information systems (MIS), such as system development, and business continuity. The course also provides an overview of management tools and issue tracking systems.

Leadership and Management

Organizational Behavior and Leadership
This course explores how to lead and manage effectively in diverse business environments. Students are asked to demonstrate the ability to apply organizational leadership theories and management strategies in a series of scenario-based problems.

Principles of Management
This course addresses strategic planning, total quality, entrepreneurship, conflict and change, human resource management, diversity, and organizational structure.

Data Management

Data Management - Foundations
This course introduces students to the concepts and terminology used in the field of data management. They will be introduced to Structured Query Language (SQL) and will learn how to use Data Definition Language (DDL) and Data Manipulation Language (DML) commands to define, retrieve, and manipulate data. This course covers differentiations of data—structured vs. unstructured and quasi-structured (relational, hierarchical, XML, textual, visual, etc); it also covers aspects of data management (quality, policy, storage methodologies). Foundational concepts of data security will be included.

Professional Practice Experience

Professional Practice Experience and Portfolio - Technical Level

Professional Practice Experience and Portfolio Management Level


Health Informatics Capstone Project
Health Informatics Capstone Project is the culmination of the student's degree program. It requires the demonstration of competencies through a deliverable of significant scope in the form of a research project. The capstone project consists of a technical work product applicable to the field of health informatics and information management. Students should consider creating this final product with the aim of expanding the body of knowledge within the profession. The topic of the Capstone must be presented to and approved by the Capstone Mentor before starting the project.

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