Joint bachelor's/master's program

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
Master of Health Services Administration

The joint Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Master of Health Services Administration program is offered through KU's Department of Health Policy and Management in association with the Department of Health Information Management at the KU Medical Center. By participating in this intensive, full-time bridge program, students can achieve both degrees in five years. Students pursuing the BSHIM/MHSA will be prepared to assume management and executive positions in health-related organizations and to bring their expertise in health information management to these positions.

Today, as never before, the healthcare sector is under tremendous pressure to significantly elevate its ability to control, organize, and manage its information resources in efforts to make healthcare safer and more affordable. Successfully addressing these challenges will depend on individuals who are well trained in the fields of health information management and health services administration.


Prior to entering the BSHIM Program on the KUMC campus, students must complete the following pre-requisite coursework: Composition, Composition and Literature, Technical Writing, Speaker-Audience Communication, Principles and Biology (with lab), Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, College Algebra, Financial Accounting, Statistics, General Psychology, Elements of Sociology, six hours of humanities coursework, and twenty-four hours of elective coursework. A minimum of sixty-three hours of completed coursework is required for entry into the BSHIM Program.

Admission Requirements

The BSHIM Program will recruit students for the BSHIM/MHSA Program, with the understanding that applicants to the joint degree program must be able to be competitively admitted to the MHSA Program. Students who desire to be admitted to the BSHIM/MHSA program will make application during their junior year by the March 1st deadline, so that they are admitted by the summer between their junior and senior years. Application requirements will include: a transcript that displays a grade point average of at least 3.00 GPA; a resume; a personal statement as specified by the MHSA Program; and three letters of reference (one of which must be from the BSHIM Program Director).


The following outlines coursework in years 3, 4, and 5 of the BSHIM/MHSA program. This coursework would be taken on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. Year three would consist of BSHIM courses, while the last two years would be a combination of BSHIM and MHSA coursework. The last year is composed of MHSA courses only.

Year 3, Fall Term (15 hrs)

HEIM 330: Medical Terminology (3)
HEIM 440: Management of Information Systems (3)
HEIM 360: Record Documentation Systems (3)
HEIM 380: Principles of Healthcare Management (3)
HEIM 415: Healthcare Delivery Systems (2)

Year 3, Spring Term (16 hrs)

HEIM 435:  Pathophysiology for Health Professionals (3)
HEIM 450: Introduction to Professional Practice Experiences (1)
HEIM 480: Human Resource Management (3)
HEIM 520: Legal Aspects of Healthcare (4)
HEIM 525: Database Management (3)
HEIM 325: Pharmacology (2)

Year 4, Fall Term (14-17 hrs.*)

HEIM 510: Professional Practice Experience I (1)
HEIM 565 Healthcare Coding Systems I (4)
HEIM 590: Knowledge Management (3)
HEIM 640: Health Information Systems (3)
HP&M 858: Health and Social Behavior (3)
*NOTE: Students that will not have the required 120 hours to graduate from the HIM program will have to make up the additional hours with HEIM 575 or another accepted elective:
HEIM 575: Applied Statistics, Research Methods and Analysis in Healthcare (3)
- OR - Another accepted three (3) hour elective that counts toward KU graduation. 

Year 4, Spring Term (15-18 hrs*)

HEIM 580: Reimbursement (3)
HEIM 604: Professional Practice Experience II (2)
HEIM 635: Healthcare Coding Systems II (3)
HEIM 665: Topics in Health Information Management (1)
HP&M 850:  Introduction to Operations (3)
HP&M 874: Statistics for Decision Making (3)
HEIM 680: Management Internship (3)*

*NOTE: Students will have the option to take HEIM 680 in the Spring, Year 4 or Summer 4/5.

Summer between Years 4 and 5 (0-3 hrs.*)
HEIM 680: Management Internship (3)

*NOTE: Students will have the option to take HEIM 680 in the Spring, Year 4 or Summer 4/5 

Year 5, Fall (12 hrs)

HP&M 825: Financial Concepts in Healthcare Management (3)
HP&M 848: Designing Healthcare Organizations (2)
HP&M 859: Professional Development (1)
HP&M 837: Health Policy (3)
HP&M 819: Research for Health Care Leaders (3)

Year 5, Spring (15 hrs)

HP&M 827: Financial Applications in Healthcare Mgmt. (3)
HP&M 861: Capstone Seminar (2)
HP&M 840: Organizational Foundations for Leading Change (3)
HP&M 852: Strategic Marketing (2)
HP&M 833: Ethics (2)
HP&M 822: Healthcare Economics (3)

Year 5, Summer (4 hrs)

HP&M 853: Strategic Management (2)
HP&M 860: Graduate Internship in Health Services Admin. (2)

Total MHSA Hours: 40
Total HIM hours: 57
Total hours required for joint BSHIM/MHSA: 97

See also: KU Course Descriptions – HEIM CoursesHP&M Courses

Last modified: Oct 07, 2013