Joint BS in HIM/MHSA Bridge Program

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

This program is a selective-admission program offered exclusively to students already admitted into the on-campus health information management bachelor's degree program. The program is offered through KU's Department of Health Policy and Management, in partnership with the Department of Health Information Management. By participating in this intensive, full-time bridge program, students ultimately complete a bachelor's degree and master's degree in five years. Graduates will be prepared to assume management and executive positions in health care organizations and bring expertise in health information management to these positions.

Today, as never before, the health care sector is under tremendous pressure to significantly elevate its ability to control, organize, and manage its information resources in efforts to make care 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.


Requirements and Eligibility
The application to apply for this program is available only to junior year students already admitted into the bachelor's degree in health information management program at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansass.

Steps to apply include the following:

    1. Undergo academic advising and receive approval from health information management department chair to apply by February 1 of junior year
    2. Complete the GRE revised General Test
    3. Submit completed application to the MHSA department by March 1. The application also requires the following documents to be submitted:
      • Official transcripts reflecting minimum 3.0 GPA
      • Resume
      • Personal statement
      • Three letters of recommendation (one of which must be written by the health information management department chair)
      • Official score on the GRE revised General Test

Curriculum
Students accepted into the Joint BS in HIM/MHSA Bridge Program complete a course of study as prescribed below:

Junior Year, Fall Term
HEIM 301 Health Information Management Orientation (1 credit hour)
HEIM 325 Pharmacology (2 credit hours)
HEIM 401 Introduction to Health Information Management (3 credithours)
HEIM 415 Healthcare Delivery Systems (3 credit hours)
HEIM 435 Pathophysiology for Health Professionals (3 credit hours)
HEIM 501 Information Resources for Health  Professions (1 credit hour)
HEIM 570 Introduction to Healthcare Management (3 credit hours)
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 16 HEIM hours

Junior Year, Spring Term
HEIM 420 Legal Aspects of Healthcare (3 credit hours)
HEIM 450 Introduction to Professional Practice Experience (1 credithour)
HEIM 525 Healthcare Database and Architecture (3 credit hours)
HEIM 540 Health Information Systems (3 credit hours)
HEIM 565 Clinical Terminologies & Classification Systems I (4credit hours)
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 14 HEIM hours

Senior Year Undergraduate; First Semester Graduate, Fall Term
Undergraduate
HEIM 510 Professional Practice Experience/Lab I (1 credit hour)
HEIM 571 Human Resource Management in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
HEIM 585 Healthcare Reimbursement and Financing (3 credit hours)
HEIM 635 Clinical Terminologies & Classification Systems II (3credit hours)
Graduate
HP&M 819 Research for Healthcare Leaders (3 credit hours)
HP&M 858 Health and Social Behavior (3 credit hours)
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 10 HEIM hours, 6 HP&M hours

Senior Year Undergraduate;Second Semester Graduate, Spring Term
Undergraduate
HEIM 604 Professional Practice Experience/Lab II (2 credit hours)
HEIM 665 Topics in Health Information Management (2 credit hours)
HEIM 676 Healthcare Analytics (3 credit hours)
HEIM 679 Information Governance in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
HEIM 680 Management Internship (3 credit hours)
Graduate
HP&M 850 Introduction to Operations (3 credit hours)
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:
13 HEIM hours Student graduates with BS in HIM degree in May                                           
3 HP&M hours

After Undergraduate, SummerTerm
HP&M 852 Strategic Marketing (2 credit hours)
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 2 HP&Mhours

Final Year Graduate School,Fall Term
HP&M 825 Financial Concepts in Healthcare Management (3 credithours)
HP&M 848 Designing Healthcare Organizations (2 credit hours)
HP&M 859 Professional Development (2 credit hours)
HP&M 837 Health Policy (3 credit hours)
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 10 HP&M hours

Final Year Graduate School,Spring Term
HP&M 827 Financial Applications in Healthcare Management (3credit hours)
HP&M 861 Capstone Seminar (2 credit hours)
HP&M 840 Organizational Foundations for Leading Change (3 credithours)
HP&M 853 Strategic Management (2 credit hours)
HP&M 833 Ethics (2 credit hours)
HP&M 822 Healthcare Economics (3 credit hours)
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 15 HP&M hours

Final Year Graduate School,Summer Term
HP&M 860 Graduate Internship in Health Services Administration (1credit hour)
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 1 HP&M hours Student graduates with MHSA degree                                            

Total undergraduate HIM credit hours: 53 credit hours

Total graduate MHSA credit hours: 43 credit hours


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

Last modified: Sep 14, 2016
Advising

We're here to answer your questions and help you prepare for a rewarding career in health information management. Advising for prospective students is available Monday-Friday by appointment. Please email him@kumc.edu for scheduling.

For advising on the Lawrence campus, please see the KU Undergraduate Advising Center at (785) 864-2834 or visit Strong Hall Room 132.

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