Health Information Management
Bachelor of Science
Bachelors of Science in Health Information Management
The Health Information Management (HIM) program of study is an interdisciplinary program with a foundation in business, technology and health sciences. HIM is the application of clinical data and information to improve health and understand health care trends. Students will be required to meet all course requirements and satisfactorily complete an internship and field experience in their area of focus. The Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2006) states that Health Information Management professionals can address the core of the health care crisis. This includes improving efficiencies, lowering costs, improving quality, reducing errors, increasing safety and engaging patients.
The Health Information Management for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was signed into law on February 17, 2009, to promote the adoption and meaningful use of Health Information Management. With stricter guidelines and more oversight, entry levels jobs in this field are requiring higher skill levels and certified positions.
Health Information Management will provide the scientific background for 21st century career opportunities, and expand access to preparation for a high-need career. There is a widely and regionally recognized need for better outcomes, data utilization, and decision making in healthcare. International, national and regional trends all converge on the same identified need for educated practitioners at the baccalaureate level who know how to utilize information technology and can interact with medical and business professionals in helping to deliver quality health care in an effective and efficient manner. Position openings in the field have been increasing over the last decade, along with the number of degree programs and salary levels for HIM practitioners. With national debate about how to improve health care being front and center in Washington DC, one of the least debatable recommendations is the need to improve information flow within health care environments so that decisions are grounded in data, the data are grounded in real experiences, and systems can quickly generate insights in order that diagnoses and decisions are likely to achieve maximum outcomes with minimum expenditures of resources.
Many of the pre-requisite courses for this program are offered on campus. The major field courses are offered online, however, students will be required to complete an HIM practicum onsite with an area hospital.
More about Health Information Management http://libguides.daltonstate.edu/HIM
Application to Program
Mandatory Background Check and Drug Screen
Students whose applications are accepted for the fall program will be required to undergo a drug screen and background check. Students who fail to pass these screens will not be eligible for admission to the HIM program. HIM faculty will provide eligible students with the information needed to obtain the drug screen and background checks.
AHIMA Student Membership
Students who are accepted into the HIM program and those taking HIMS field courses, are required to hold a student membership with AHIMA. See the link below for membership details.
Registering for Online Courses
Before registering for an online course at DSC, students will need to complete an “online quiz” to assure he/she has the competency and technology needed to be a successful online learner. Once you have completed the quiz, DSC requires 48 hours to process your quiz. After this time, you are able to register for your course(s). Below, you will find links to these quizzes. Choose the quiz that correlates with the class you want to register for.
Link to DSC Online Course Quiz https://www.daltonstate.edu/academics/elearning.cms
Link to eMajor Online Quiz https://emajor.usg.edu/prospective/orientation.php
Link to eCore Online Quiz https://ecore.usg.edu/future-students/new-student-introduction-quiz/index.php
|Area A: Essential Skills|
|ENGL 1101||English Composition I||3|
|ENGL 1102||English Composition II||3|
|MATH 1111||College Algebra||3|
|or MATH 1101||Intro to Mathematical Modeling|
|Area B: Institutional Options|
|COMM 1110||Fundamentals of Speech||3|
|Choose one of the following:||1|
|Argumentation and Advocacy|
|Intro to Greek Mythology|
|Appalachian Hist-Special Topic|
|Sports Hist & Amer Character|
|Mystery Fiction in Pop Culture|
|Political and Social Rhetoric|
|Christian Fiction/Pop Culture|
|Health & Wellness Concepts|
|Race and Ethnicity in America|
|Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts|
|Choose one to two ENGL course(s):||3-6|
|World Literature I|
|World Literature II|
|British Literature I|
|British Literature II|
|American Literature I|
|American Literature II|
|Intro to Film as Literature|
|If only one ENGL course chosen, add one of the following:||0-3|
|Expressions of Culture I|
|Expressions of Culture II|
|Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology|
|BIOL 1107K||Principles of Biology I||4|
|BIOL 1108K||Principles of Biology II||4|
|MATH 2200||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|Area E: Social Sciences|
|HIST 2111||United States History to 1877||3|
|or HIST 2112||United States Hist since 1877|
|POLS 1101||American Government||3|
|PSYC 1101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|or SOCI 1101||Introduction to Sociology|
|Choose one of the following electives:||3|
|Intro to Cultural Anthropology|
|Principles of Macroeconomics|
|Principles of Microeconomics|
|Introduction to Geography|
|Intro to Human Geography|
|Intro to Physical Geography|
|World Civilization to 1650 CE|
|World Civilization since 1650|
|United States History to 1877|
|United States Hist since 1877|
|Intro to World Religions|
|Intro to Philosophical Issues|
|Logic and Critical Thinking|
|Intro to Political Science|
|State and Local Government|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Psychology of Adjustment|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|Area F: Major Related|
|ACCT 2101||Principles of Accounting I||3|
|BIOL 2212K||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIOL 2213K||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|CMPS 1301||Principles of Programming I||3|
|CMPS 1302||Principles of Programming II||3|
|HIMS 2201||Organizational Leadership||1|
|HIMS 2202||Health Info Privacy & Security||3|
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE||1|
|Major Field Courses|
|HADM 3301||Health Care Organizations||3|
|or HIMS 3301||Health Care Organizations|
|HADM 4402||Health Information Mgmt||3|
|or HIMS 4402||Health Information Management|
|HADM 4403||Healthcare Ethics and Law||3|
|HIMS 3100||Intro to Medical Records||3|
|HIMS 3102||Healthcare Statistics||3|
|HIMS 3103||Medical Terminology||3|
|HIMS 3104||Med Records Proc Practicum||2|
|HIMS 3110||Introd to Pathophysiology||3|
|HIMS 3105||Database Design & HIMS I||4|
|HIMS 3106||Essentials of Pharmacology||3|
|HIMS 3107||Healthcare Compliance/Coding I||4|
|HIMS 3108||Database Design & HIMS II||4|
|HIMS 3109||Managerial Pract/Med Records||2|
|HIMS 4100||Health Data Governance||3|
|HIMS 4102||Healthcare Compl/Coding II||3|
|HIMS 4105||Professional Practicum||6|
|HIMS 4106||Health Information Capstone||2|
|HIMS 4107||Quality/Performance Management||3|
|HIMS 4405||Reimbursement & Finance||3|
|HIMS 3100||3||HIMS 3108||4|
|HIMS 3103||3||HIMS 3106||3|
|HADM 3301 or HIMS 3301||3||HIMS 3107||4|
|HIMS 3105||4||HIMS 4100||3|
|Total Hours: 27|
|HADM 4403 or HIMS 4403||3-4||HIMS 3104||2||HIMS 4105||6|
|HIMS 3102||3||HIMS 3109||2||HIMS 4106||2|
|HIMS 4102||3||HADM 3303||3|
|HADM 4402 or HIMS 4402||3-4||HIMS 4107||3|
|Total Hours: 33-35|
HLTH 2000. Personal Health & Wellness. 3-0-3 Units.
Explores specific topics which promote healthy proactive lifestyles. Each topic covered includes applied skills for making positive lifestyle choices. Focus topics and skills are: exploring the various dimensions of wellness, eliminating self-defeating behaviors, and designing and implementing a personal wellness plan.
HLTH 2005. Responding to Emergencies. 3-0-3 Units.
This course is directed towards those seeking advanced first aid training for schools and communities. It offers American Red Cross certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid and Automated External Defibrillation. This course can train and certify students majoring in various health care, education, criminal justice and general studies curriculums. Also offered as an elective for the minor in Health and Wellness program.
HLTH 2500. Interpersonal Health/Relations. 3-0-3 Units.
Examines the research on developing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships. Emphasis will be placed on promoting positive interactions and productive versus non-productive conflict management.
HLTH 3000. Coping/Stress Mgt/Life Satisf. 3-0-3 Units.
Provides a holistic approach overviewing the basic principles, theories, and techniques for effectively coping with and managing personal stress. Emphasis will be placed on prevention of stress and application of the research on coping and life satisfaction.
HLTH 3500. Health Aspects/Human Sexuality. 3-0-3 Units.
Examines health issues associated with sex roles, values, gender, sexual orientation, sexual behavior, sexual problems and other issues related to sexual behavior and sexuality.
HLTH 4000. Motiv Aspects of Hlth Beh Chng. 3-0-3 Units.
Provides an introduction to the study of health behavior change. Theoretical models for behavior change will be explored and applied. Emphasis will be placed on application of theory for the enhancement of community health and for individual well-being.
HLTH 4500. Special Topics Health/Wellness. 3-0-3 Units.
This course will address selected health related topics of special interest to faculty and students.