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 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 a 120-hour HIM practicum onsite with an area hospital.

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Application to Program 

Admission to the HIM program is a prerequisite for enrolling in 3000-4000 coursework. Students are responsible for completing the application below and receiving a letter of acceptance from the HIM Program Director in order for a student to enroll in upper division courses.  
The application packet should be completed and submitted via email to the program director ( no later than April 1st for fall admission to program.

HIM Application Packet

HIM Program Requirement

Mandatory Background Check and Drug Screen when notified by HIM faculty.

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.

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

Link to eMajor Online Quiz

Link to eCore Online Quiz

Area A: Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1111College Algebra3
or MATH 1101 Intro to Mathematical Modeling
Area B: Institutional Options
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
Choose one of the following:1
Argumentation and Advocacy
Intro to Greek Mythology
Creative Writing
Natural Hazards
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
Art Appreciation
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
World Music
American Music
Theatre Appreciation
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
BIOL 1107KPrinciples of Biology I4
BIOL 1108KPrinciples of Biology II4
MATH 2200Introduction to Statistics3
Area E: Social Sciences
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
POLS 1101American Government3
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology3
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 1500 CE
World Civilization since 1500
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
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Development
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Area F: Major Related
ACCT 2101Principles of Accounting I3
BIOL 2212KAnatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 2213KAnatomy and Physiology II4
HIMS 2203Intro to Health Informatics3
HIMS 2204Medical Terminology2
HIMS 2205Pathology and Pharmacology2
Major Field Courses
HIMS 3100Intro to Medical Records3
HIMS 3102Healthcare Statistics3
HIMS 3105Database Design & HIMS I4
HIMS 3107Healthcare Compliance/Coding I4
HIMS 3108Database Design & HIMS II4
HIMS 3109Managerial Pract/Med Records2
HIMS 3110Organizational Leadership3
HIMS 3111Privacy and Security3
HIMS 4400Human Resource Management3
HIMS 4403Healthcare Ethics and Law3
HIMS 4405Reimbursement & Finance3
HIMS 4407Electronic Health Records3
HIMS 4500Data Analytics3
HIMS 4501Data Analytics3
HIMS 4503Data Governance3
HIMS 4504Capstone I3
HIMS 4600Health Information Management3
HIMS 4601Professional Practicum3
HIMS 4603Applic Mngt Concepts Hlth Care3
HIMS 4604Capstone II3
Total Hours121-122
HIMS 31003HIMS 31084
HIMS 31023HIMS 31092
HIMS 31054HIMS 31103
HIMS 31074HIMS 31113
 14 12
Total Hours: 26
HIMS 44003HIMS 45003HIMS 46003
HADM 4403 or HIMS 44033HIMS 45013HIMS 46013
HIMS 44053HIMS 45033HIMS 46033
HIMS 44073HIMS 45043HIMS 46043
 12 12 12
Total Hours: 36


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.