Health Information Management (Bachelor of Science)

Pursue a career in healthcare without getting a medical degree – an IT career, that is. From web design to security operations, Grantham University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management combines computer systems management coursework with healthcare applications.

What will I learn in this online Health Information Management degree program?

This Health Information Management degree program gives you the skills to analyze information needs, design solutions and manage information storage, transfer and retrieval in healthcare environments.

What careers can I pursue with my Health Information Management degree?

After completing the online health management courses in this program, you will be prepared for a number of IT careers in the healthcare industry, including data processing manager and information systems supervisor1.

How long is the online Health Information Management degree program?

At 122 credit hours, the online Bachelor of Science Health Information Management degree program is designed to be completed in 38 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.

How much will my Health Information Management degree online program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses typically begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program, other accredited degree programs, opportunities financial assistance or if you have any questions about the enrollment process.

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Health Information Management (Bachelor of Science)

Health Information Management Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this healthcare management degree online program, you will be able to:

  • Utilize information system tools, techniques and methodologies applicable to healthcare systems
  • Apply project management principles to information systems development efforts in healthcare institutions
  • Structure information collection and presentation to facilitate executive-level planning and decision-making in healthcare environments
  • Apply fundamental systems analysis and design concepts and problem-solving strategies to information technology problems
  • Analyze, design and implement solutions to healthcare information problems
  • Develop reporting and support capabilities for healthcare decisions
University Professional Outcomes

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

Health Information Management (Bachelor of Science)

A Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from Grantham can prepare you for IT positions in a number of healthcare-related industries1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Data Processing Manager
  • Information Systems Supervisor
  • Computing Services Director
  • Technical Services Manager

Employers can include:

  • Hospital systems
  • Medical complexes
  • Healthcare services
  • Insurance firms
  • Doctor or Dental offices

Health Information Management (Bachelor of Science)

As you consider your educational options for health information systems degree program, keep in mind that Grantham’s coursework is 100% online to fit your busy schedule.

Program Core Credits: 69
General Education Core Credits: 21
Electives Credits: 32
Total Credit Hours: 122
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 69
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: AH111 Title: Healthcare Delivery Systems Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to different types of healthcare delivery systems and how to analyze the organization, financing, regulatory issues, and delivery of different healthcare services. Topics covered include the "continuum of care" concept, and methods and theories in healthcare delivery systems and computer applications in healthcare. Focus is placed on evolution and trends in managed healthcare, including research, statistics, quality management, and integrating information technologies into medical office practices. Other processes such as staffing, productivity, and improving quality are also discussed.
Course: AH112 Title: Introduction to Health Information Management Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to health information management concepts of healthcare delivery settings in the U.S., including filing systems, storage, circulation, and documentation issues. Topics also explored are the electronic health record (EHR), patient confidentiality, the impact of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) on medical practices, ICD-10-CM implementation, and career opportunities for health information management professionals. Students apply health information management concepts and skills to course exercises to demonstrate application of knowledge.
Course: AH114 Title: Medical Terminology Credits: 3
  Students identify the appropriate medical terminology used to describe the major pathological conditions in the human body. The major systems included in this course are: skeletal, integumentary, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. Students are expected to use correct spelling and apply the terminology appropriately within the scope of healthcare.
Course: AH212 Title: Basic Diagnosis Coding Systems Credits: 3
  This course examines medical billing and coding in medical practice. All basic medical billing and coding issues are discussed, including coding diagnosis, the International Classification of Diseases Manual (ICD-10-CM), coding compliance and legal and ethical compliance. Students extrapolate coding information from the ICD-10-CM manual and examine usage guidelines for Volumes I, II and III.
Course: AH213 Title: Basic Procedure Coding Systems Credits: 3
  This course provides the student with in-depth coverage of procedural coding using the HCPCS coding system composed of Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) and national codes. The course includes detailed application of the CPT classification system for inpatient and outpatient services. Emphasis includes evaluation and management, anesthesia, surgery, radiology, pathology and laboratory and medicine codes, as well as the use of modifiers. Students will apply coding and billing principles through the use of exercises and coding simulation software.
Course: AH214 Title: Reimbursement Methodologies Credits: 3
  This course provides students with a working knowledge of medical insurance and its applications. Emphasis is on understanding insurance essentials, including the role of the medical insurance billing specialist and legal and ethical requirements. Medical documents and coding diagnoses and procedures are discussed. Students comprehend the claimsprocess, focusing on charges, methods of payments, billing, and reimbursement. Other topics covered are private payers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Medicaid and Medicare, worker's compensation, disability insurance, hospital insurance, long-term care, and dental insurance. Patient billing software is also explored.
Course: AH356 Title: Information Security and Privacy in Healthcare Organizations Credits: 3
  This course explores the regulatory issues associated with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the implications of this Act related to data security and privacy issues in healthcare organizations. Topics examined are identifying and prioritizing information assets and threats to those assets; defining information security strategy and architecture; planning responses to intruders in an information system; and identifying legal and ethical issues and implications of information security.
Course: AH432 Title: Healthcare Informatics Credits: 3
  Students focus on the day-to-day requirements of healthcare systems in the processing and storing of patient information and the medical management systems to facilitate appropriate and safe care. Students examine a broad range of topics including: aspects of the healthcare delivery system in relation to overall management functions, institutional, social, and political forces in health care, the role of IT in healthcare management, and information security and patient privacy.
Course: AH497 Title: Health Systems Management Capstone Project Credits: 3
  Students develop and implement a unique project that demonstrates mastery of the program objectives. Program objectives include applying fundamental systems analysis and design concepts and program solving strategies to information technology problems; applying project management principles to information systems development efforts, and analyzing, designing, and implementing solutions to healthcare information challenges.
Course: MGT150 Title: Principles of Business Management Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides students with a practical and concrete explanation of the concepts and techniques they will need as managers in today's new organizations. The sequence of topics follows the familiar pattern of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Throughout the course, the manager's role in leading and accommodating change is emphasized. The course also introduces the student to the issues of managing global businesses, especially the ways in which managers need to develop a global perspective in order to be successful. Issues in strategy, diversity, and entrepreneurship are covered extensively.
Course: ACC220 Title: Financial Accounting Credits: 3
  This introductory financial accounting course introduces the student to the important role of financial accounting in modern business. The key role of financial accounting is to provide useful information to external users so that a wide variety of economic decisions can be made. The course covers the theory and practice of accounting applicable to the recording, summarizing and reporting of business transactions. Topics include the different types of financial statements and accounts, asset valuation, revenue and expense recognition and appropriate accounting for asset, liability and capital accounts.
Course: MGT461 Title: Leadership in Organizations Credits: 3
  Students support leadership as a way of acting that involves the influence of people to inspire change toward a mutually-desired outcome. Technological advancements and globalization have created a business environment where rapid and constant change is the norm. This course uncovers how effective leaders embrace the inevitability of constant change and diversity, and use their interpersonal skills to promote change, communicate vision, provide a sense of direction and inspire employees.
Course: MGT430 Title: Introduction to Quality Management Credits: 3
  This course presents a broad overview of the quality management system. The total quality concept as an approach to doing business began to gain wide acceptance in the late 1980s. The evolution and methodologies for managing the quality system in manufacturing changed the way business was conducted. This course provides an overview of the transformation, the tools used, and how the system has evolved.
Course: BIO113 Title: Anatomy and Physiology Credits: 3
  Students examine the twelve major systems of the human body. These systems include: skeletal, integumentary, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. In addition, students develop the use of appropriate medical terminology, examine cell and tissue structure, and review how body systems maintain health homeostasis.
Course: CS205 Title: Computer Software Applications in Healthcare Credits: 3
  This course provides students with an overview of commonly available software tools used in healthcare, including an introduction to encoding tools and computer-assisted coding software used in healthcare data processing. Focus is placed specifically on healthcare software and its many uses, functions, and applications in the medical office. Other processes such as medical office billing and information technology are also discussed.
Course: IS216 Title: Computer Networks Credits: 3
  Students are provided an introduction to networking technologies including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), protocols, topologies, transmission media, and security. In addition to introducing a variety of fundamental concepts, the course encompasses in-depth aspects of networking including the Internet protocol suite (TCP-IP).
Course: IS211 Title: Introduction to Information Systems Security Credits: 3
  Students explore principles, policies and technologies for securing computer and information systems. Topics include a survey of computer system vulnerabilities, cryptographic techniques, access control policies and mechanisms and the implications of security technology in the realm of risk management. Designing and implementing computer security policies and standards, formulating contingency plans and analyzing system security architectures as well as compliance and ethics are also examined. Students gain hands-on experience using various systems tools to reinforce concepts and theories.
Course: IS242 Title: Management Information Systems Credits: 3
  Students apply the fundamental concepts of Information Systems to business. Topics include coverage of information technology in management, information systems in decision-making, planning of information systems, systems developments, controls and security measures, and electronic commerce coverage.
Course: IS311 Title: Security Operations Credits: 3
  Students identify the principles and practices of secure operation and management of information systems. Topics include identification of information assets, documentation of policies, standards, procedures and guidelines that ensure confidentiality and availability. Principles and practices of analysis and monitoring of systems security are also addressed.
Course: IS320 Title: Database Applications Credits: 3
  This course presents the fundamental concepts of database systems. The course covers the relational model, structured query language (SQL), data modeling, database design and database administration.
Course: IS336 Title: Systems Analysis and Design Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to the tools and techniques used in systems analysis and design, including Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) and Gantt charts, economic feasibility analysis, data flow diagramming, and other modeling techniques. The primary focus of the course is ascertaining the early phases of the Systems Development Life Cycle.
Course: IS351 Title: Information Systems Project Management Credits: 3
  Students analyze the technical and managerial aspects of project management as identified by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Emphasis is placed on defining project management and its relationship to other business disciplines. Topics include organizational structure and culture, network diagrams, critical chain scheduling, cost estimation and project control procedures.
Course: MA230 Title: Mathematical Statistics I Credits: 3
  This intermediate mathematics course presents methods in making analytical decisions using statistics. This course focuses on the characteristics of numerical and categorical data, methods of presentation, and descriptive statistics. Correlation and covariance are presented in the context of business analysis. The course also introduces students to basic methods of sampling and of making inferences using one or two independent samples.
General Education: 21
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Course: GU101 Title: Student Success Credits: 3
  This course provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for today's online college environment. Students will explore their own preparedness for online learning through examination and analysis of their own skills, traits, and behaviors. In addition, students will acclimate to the online college environment through specifically-designed activities which provide opportunities to acquire necessary skills, behaviors, and understandings which are essential for academic success.
Course: BIO116 Title: Introduction to Pathophysiology Credits: 3
  Students explore the pathophysiology of diseases and disorders of the principal organ systems of the human body. Topics presented include homeostasis and disease processes, trauma, cancer, pain management, and an overview of common diseases and disorders of each organ system. Students ascertain how pathophysiological processes disrupt normal functioning of the human body.
Course: CO101 Title: Introduction to Public Speaking Credits: 3
  This course provides students with a broad overview of public speaking, including such topics as audience analysis, idea generation and development, speech organization and speech delivery. Topics include how to outline speeches, create effective introductions and conclusions, use appropriate language and control nervousness. In addition, students examine guidelines for and practice delivering informative and persuasive speeches. Students will record themselves delivering speeches, thus they will need to know how to use a webcam and how to upload video files from their devices into the assignment dropbox in the Learning Management System.
Course: CS105 Title: Introduction to Computer Applications Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for folder and file navigation and manipulation. Students explore the fundamentals of an office productivity suite, developing skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.
Course: EN101 Title: English Composition I Credits: 3
  This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  An introductory level course on the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations, polynomial and rational functions and graphing, and exponential and logarithmic functions.
Course: GU299 Title: General Education Capstone Credits: 3
  GU299 is the capstone course for Grantham University's general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, GU299 helps students bridge the gap between the broad-based learning they experience throughout their general education courses and the discipline-specific learning they will engage in as they move closer toward degree completion. By highlighting the specific skills and knowledge they attained through their general studies and working with them to incorporate those skills and that knowledge within their specific academic areas, students will achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined, and better recognize how information drawn from one experience can be applied directly toward another, leading them to become more actively engaged, socially-aware citizens of the various communities to which they belong.