KU's health information management program is ever-changing and evolving to support a rapidly changing profession. This program is designed to attract highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals interested in a profession leading health care into the 21st century. Student learn 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 on-campus bachelor's degree program begins each fall on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. With the exception of the senior semesters, most courses are held Tuesday through Friday mornings ending around noon each day. Many courses are taught in a hybrid manner with off-campus and online elements. 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)

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)

HEIM 501

Information Resources for Health Professions (1)

First Year, Spring (16 hours)

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)

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)

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

* Tue/Thu, 1-4 p.m. for professional practice experience in which students are required to spend afternoons in a health care setting attaining professional practice experiences.

** Mon/Wed, 1-4 p.m. for a laboratory/professional practice experience

For course descriptions, please visit the KU Academic Catalog list of courses in this program.

Last modified: Sep 04, 2014

Prospective Students
The priority deadline to apply to this program is February 1. Applications may be accepted after the deadline based on space available in the next class.

More about this program:
Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
Apply online
Tuition and fees
KU Core Courses PDF document

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