KU's health information management program is an ever-changing and evolving program in order to support a rapidly changing profession. This program is designed to attract highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals interested in a profession, which is leading health care into the 21st century. The student learns theory and practice to attain entry-level competencies related to health records in management, personnel administration, legal aspects, health information systems, information retention and retrieval systems, health statistics, research, quality improvement systems, and classification and indexing systems.

The program begins each fall when a maximum of 24 students enter their first semester of professional coursework on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. The program culminates in a 4-week capstone professional experience at the end of the spring semester of the senior year.

Note: During the senior year spring semester, students are required to complete an early application for the national registry exam offered by AHIMA, Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM). Students will pay a fee attached to course HEIM 680 Internship when registering for the semester. The fee will cover the cost of registering for the exam and is scaled to the CCHIIM exam cost published on the AHIMA website. Passing this examination certifies the individual as a professional health information manager and permits the use of the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential.

The schedule of courses below provides a general sense of academic workload for students during the 2-year program in Health Information Management at KU:

First Year, Fall (15 hours)

Tue/Thu – 9:00am to 12:30pm   |   Wed/Fri – 9:00am to 11:30am

HEIM 330

Medical Terminology (3)

HEIM 360

Record Documentation Systems (3)

HEIM 380

Principles of Healthcare Management (3)

HEIM 415

Healthcare Delivery Systems (2)

HEIM 440

Management of Information Systems (4)

First Year, Spring (16 hours)

Tue/Thu – 9:00am to 12:00pm  |  Wed/Fri – 9:00am to 12:00pm

HEIM 325

Pharmacology (2)

HEIM 435

Pathophysiology for Health Professionals (3)

HEIM 450

Introduction to the Professional Practice Experiences (1)

HEIM 480

Human Resource Management (3)

HEIM 520

Legal Aspects of HC (4)

HEIM 525

Database Management E H R (3)

Second Year, Fall (17 hours)

Tue/Thu – 9:00am to 12:00pm  |  Wed/Fri – 9:00am to 12:30pm
Tue/Thu – 1:00pm to 4:00pm for professional practice experience
Note: For a minimum of 30 hours students are required to spend afternoons in a healthcare setting attaining professional practice experiences.

HEIM 510

Professional Practice Experience I (1)

HEIM 565

Healthcare Coding Systems I (4)

HEIM 567

Quality & Performance Improvement in Healthcare (3)

HEIM 575

Applied Statistics, Research Methods and Analysis in Healthcare (3)

HEIM 590

Knowledge Management (3)

HEIM 640

Health Information Systems (3)

Second Year, Spring (15 hours)

M/T/W/Th/F – 9:00am to 12:00pm
M/W – 1:00pm to 4:00pm for a laboratory/professional practice experience

HEIM 580

Reimbursement (3)

HEIM 604

Professional Practice Experience II (2)

HEIM 635

Healthcare Coding Systems II (3)

HEIM 665

Topics in HIM (2)

HEIM 675

Management Seminar (2)

HEIM 680

Management Internship (3)


63 Total Hours

Course Descriptions

Junior Year - Fall Semester

HEIM 330 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (3) A study of the language of medicine including word construction, definition and use of terms related to various areas of medical science, hospital service and the allied health specialties.

HEIM 360 RECORD DOCUMENTATION SYSTEMS (3) A course of study relating to the composition of the health record and the department responsible for its security, confidentiality, and availability. The student will compare and contrast the content and formats of the health record across the continuum of healthcare systems; understand the record management issues unique to the health record; record access, record retention guidelines, and record storage options currently available; and trends to the future.

HEIM 380 PRINCIPLES OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (3) This course will examine the unique characteristics of the healthcare industry in order to help the students identify (1) particular management skills needed as a business leader in the healthcare industry; (2) participate in the theory, skills, and applications of healthcare management through case studies and team projects. Prerequisite: College Algebra (or higher), Managerial or Financial Accounting..

HEIM 415 HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS (2) This course provides an introduction to the wide spectrum of healthcare delivery systems in which health information management and other healthcare professionals use their organizational and management skills. Special emphasis is placed on acute care, ambulatory care, home health, hospice care, long term care, and managed care. The student will focus on how each delivery system is structured, their function, what data sets are collected, the reimbursement schemes used, health policy that shapes the system, outcomes (cost, quality, access) and how each system is integrated into the current delivery of healthcare in the United States.

HEIM 440 MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS (4)  This course provides an extensive introduction to real-world information technology, focusing on translating students' personal use of technology to the larger organizational design, strategy, and operations of systems such as networking, identity management, relational databases, information architecture, project management, and business analytics. In addition, the course will reinforce students' capabilities using common enterprise office productivity software such as PowerPoint, Excel, and Access.



Junior Year - Spring Semester

HEIM 325 PHARMACOLOGY (2) This introduction to pharmacology course is intended to provide the student with the background information necessary to practice within the field of health information management. The course covers the fundamentals of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The classification of drugs, the use of drug reference materials, and the mechanisms of therapeutic and adverse responses to drugs will be covered in the course. This course will also introduce the processes used for drug approval in the United States. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. LEC

HEIM 435 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (3). An in-depth study of the fundamentals of medical science, medical essentials and the language of medicine, signs, symptoms, and test findings of disease processes and the current therapy employed in the treatment of diseases. Prerequisites: Courses in anatomy and lab, physiology and lab, medical terminology or consent of the instructor.

HEIM 450 INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE (1) This course is designed to prepare students and develop the skills required for experiences outside of the classroom environment. The emphasis is on professional behavior for health information management professionals in the workplace. The course also introduces students to the application of electronic health record concepts. The content is intended to prepare students for site visits, professional practice experiences, the internship, as well as their future careers.

HEIM 480 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3) This course provides students the opportunity to obtain the knowledge of human resources management skills. Course topics include the legal environment of HR, recruitment, selection, training, development, retention, motivation and the global HR issues within the rapidly changing business and healthcare sectors. Content is presented via lecture, readings in required text, discussion of current events relating to HR, team and individual projects. Prerequisite: HEIM 380

HEIM 520 LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH CARE (4) This course is designed to introduce the students to fundamental concepts of the American legal system, to the process of legal change, and to the healthcare practitioner's potential legal interactions with patients, employees, law enforcement officers, and governmental agencies. This class will also focus on the HIM-specific elements, informed consent, malpractice liability, corporate negligence, hospital employment, the legal health record, risk management, professional compliance and licensure. This course will also address the changes in privacy, security, and confidentiality rules and statutes as addressed at the federal level and state level.

HEIM 525 DATABASE MANAGEMENT FOR EHR (3) This course is designed to help students understand databases and database management systems. Students will learn to model and understand database design, in conjunction with learning methods to structure data as records, tables, or objects. Students will also learn how query languages are used for searching, sorting, reporting, and other “decision support” activities to best utilize the available data. Along with acquiring knowledge fundamental to management of the electronic health record (EHR), students will develop general technical knowledge to become capable health information professionals.



Senior Year - Fall Semester

HEIM 510 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE I (1) Through supervised learning situations, students are given opportunities to visit different types of healthcare facilities in the area. These opportunities vary from year-to-year based upon availability. Opportunities might include (but not be limited to) developing competence while practicing a specific HIM functions in an actual HIM department, exploring nontraditional HIM career roles, or visiting with and interviewing a long term care, behavioral health, rehabilitation, or managed care HIM department manager. Prerequisites: Successful completion of junior-level HIM academic courses or permission from the instructor.

HEIM 565 HEALTHCARE CODING SYSTEMS I (4) The introduction and study of classification systems and terminologies used in healthcare. This course will be taught with an emphasis on classification systems such as ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS and relationship of these systems to patient care, research, and reimbursement systems. Application of coding guidelines, conventions, and rules of classification systems such as ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Prerequisite: HEIM 435 or permission of the instructor.

HEIM 567 QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT IN HEATHCARE (3) A study of the requirement of the Joint Commission with a focus on health information standards, quality improvement methodologies, utilization review, and medical staff credentialing and privilege delineation. In addition, Utilization Management is approached from the theoretical and practical application of the SI/IS criteria for the hospital setting. Prerequisites: HEIM 415 and HEIM 460.

HEIM 575 APPLIED STATISTICS, RESEARCH METHODS AND ANALYSIS IN HEALTHCARE (3) Emphasis is on the statistical analysis of healthcare data. Content includes hospital-based statistics, an introduction to epidemiological concepts, research design and methodology, research ethics and protocol, hypothesis testing, data management, analysis and presentation. Prerequisites: MATH 101 Algebra or 104 Pre-Calculus and MATH 365 Elementary Statistics.

HEIM 590 KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT (3) This course will look at the study of knowledge management as a way for an entity to generate, communicate, and leverage their intellectual assets. Topics will focus not only information technology applications but also the human side of knowledge creation, diffusion of innovation, and the application of knowledge. Online discussions will be supplemented with labs that encourage the student to manipulate data sets to derive various perspectives from the same information. Prerequisites: HEIM 380, HEIM 440.

HEIM 640 HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3) The focus of this course is to provide a hands-on progression from the theories developed in HEIM 440 Management Information System. This course will require the student to apply this knowledge to real world problems with emphasis on Health Information Management Systems as well as Clinical Information Systems. Prerequisite: HEIM 440.



Senior Year - Spring Semester

HEIM 580 REIMBURSEMENT (3) This course will examine the complex financial systems within the healthcare industry. The student will gain a thorough knowledge of the diverse reimbursement methodologies utilized throughout the governmental and private insurance entities with application through: (1) case studies, and (2) information systems integrated within the course work. Prerequisite: HEIM 565.

HEIM 604 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE II (2) Provides a laboratory/professional practice experience setting for the application of coding practices learned in HEIM 565 and HEIM 635. This is a two-credit-hour lab to be taken concurrently with HEIM 635. LAB.

HEIM 635 HEALTHCARE CODING SYSTEMS II (3) Continued study of classification systems and terminologies used in healthcare. With an emphasis on CPT®/HCPCS and SNOMED CT® systems and relationship of these systems to patient care, research, and reimbursement systems. Application of CPT®/HCPCS coding guidelines, conventions and rules. This course will be an introduction to the role of mapping between the various classification systems, nomenclatures and clinical terminologies used in healthcare. Prerequisite: HEIM 565 or permission of the instructor.

HEIM 665 TOPICS IN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (2) The course utilizes case studies and guest lectures to address the latest developments in the management of healthcare information. Knowledge and skills learned will be applied to real-world problems. Students will research selected topics culminating in written and oral presentations. Students will also focus on professional development and career preparation. Prerequisites: HEIM 380 and HEIM 565.

HEIM 675 MANAGEMENT SEMINAR (2) This course will provide application of the healthcare and business management skills obtained from previous management courses within the Health Information management track. Student teams will be introduced to key management issues within the business sector through a series of seminar topics and presentations. The student teams will also participate in field projects within the local business sector. Prerequisites: Senior status and permission of the instructor.

HEIM 680 MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP (3) A four-week internship that provides the student with a management capstone experience in the activities and responsibilities of the health information administrator. Students are responsible for all costs to include: room, board, and transportation. Management sites are selected based on the experience and credentials of the student. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all HIM professional course work and permission from the instructor.

Last modified: Jan 21, 2014