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Health Information Management and Technology (BS)

Description

The healthcare environment is rapidly changing and the field of health information management and technology (HIMT) is at the forefront of that change. HIMT professionals must function within a global environment of healthcare technology to manage patient medical records, administer computer systems, collect and analyze patient data, use globally accepted classification systems, and apply medical, technical, administrative and legal standards to protect the privacy of protected health information.

The HIMT program at Detroit Mercy is distinct. It provides students with a global platform for the practice of health information management and allows students to choose a technology focus of interest and career goal. Within this Bachelor of Science program, students may choose a minor in cybersecurity, a minor in computer science or a focus in data analytics (with no additional credits needed toward the degree). This allows students to mix their knowledge of health information management with the segment of technology of their choice. It opens the field of health information management into the realm of cybersecurity and patient privacy, the computer science of electronic health data and the analyzing governance of healthcare data.

The field of health information management and technology is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the United States, and is an excellent career choice for the person who is seeking a career in healthcare that combines technology, business, management, finance, medicine and research.  The field provides a diverse opportunity to work in many different disciplines of healthcare and a wide variety of work settings.  

Consistent with the Detroit Mercy mission, the HIMT program emphasizes service learning and includes a service learning practicum to provide students with the opportunity to apply their HIMT skills within a healthcare environment which serves an underserved portion of the local healthcare community.

Benefits to Detroit Mercy’s HIMT Program

A major or minor in Health Information Management  and Technology at University of Detroit Mercy will also provide students the opportunity to specialize and prepare for the following international credentialing exams:

  • American Health Information Management (AHIMA) Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA);
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP);
  • American Health Information Management Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security and the
  • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

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    Accreditation

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    The baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management and Technology program at Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Ave 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800 / 312-233-1134.

    Graduation from a CAHIIM accredited program allows students the opportunity to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.


     

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    Admission Criteria

    To be admitted to the Health Information Management and Technology program, applicants must meet the entrance requirements of the University. In addition, to gain acceptance to the program students must fulfill the following criteria:

    Freshmen

    First-time college students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.50 and have completed two years of high school mathematics with a grade of C or higher and must complete Detroit Mercy placement tests in English composition and mathematics. Scores on the College Entrance Examination Board (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) will also be examined. High school graduates who are properly prepared to undertake the Health Information Management  and Technology program should have a college preparatory program as outlined in the section of this catalog titled "Admission to the University." (see section "Recommended High School Preparation")

    Transfer

    Transfer students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 and must complete Detroit Mercy placement tests in English composition and mathematics.

    Conditional Admission

    Conditional admission may be granted to those students whose academic achievement falls below the standards required for full-admission status. In such cases, the applicant may be required to fulfill course work and/or conditions before full-admission status is granted.

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    Academic Standards

    Students in the Health Information Management  and Technology program must attain a minimum grade of "C" or better in all HIM courses. In addition, students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. The academic policies in the Student Handbook govern academic conduct, progression, withdrawal and dismissal.

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    Degree Requirements

    Health Information Management and Technology
    Major Courses - 33 credits

    • HIM 1090 Information Systems for Global Healthcare (3 credits)
    • HIM 2050 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
    • HIM 2080 PathoPharmacology for Healthcare Professionals (3 credits)
    • HIM 2600 Global Healthcare Data and Statistics (3 credits)
    • HIM 3650 Healthcare Reimbursement and CPT Classification Systems (3 credits)
    • HIM 3700 ICD Classification Systems (3 credits)
    • HIM 3900 Clinical Documentation and Management of Health Information (3 credits)
    • HIM 4250 Quality and Security of Health Information (3 credits)
    • HIM 4600 Global Leadership & Strategic Planning for Health Professionals (3 credits)
    • HIM 4800 Healthcare Information and Data Governance (3 credits)
    • HIM 4900 Service Learning Health Information Management Internship (80 contact hours) (3 credits)

    HIM Supportive Courses - 41 credits

    • BIO 2300 Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture I (3 credits)
    • BIO 2320 Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture II (3 credits)
    • HSA 3001 Accounting for Health Professions 
    • HSA 3100 Laws and Regulations (3 credits)
    • HSA 3710 International Health Care or HSA 4600 Health Care Emergency Mgmt
    • HSA 4650 Health Service Financial Management (3 credits)
    • HSA 4700 Evidence-Based Research for Health Services Administrators (3 credits)

    HIMT Supportive Technology Courses

    Cybersecurity Focus

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    Data Analytics focus

    Or
    Computer Science Focus

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    University Core Curriculum

    All undergraduate degree students at the University of Detroit Mercy are required to fulfill the objectives of the University's Core Curriculum. The curriculum consists of courses designed to meet objectives which ensure that students received an overall education consistent with the mission of the University. See the Core Curriculum section for more details.

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    Electives

    Students may need to complete additional electives in order to reach the minimum total required credits of 126. Although not required, students could consider combining electives in order to also obtain up to two Detroit Mercy minors or obtaining an additional major (dual major).

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    Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) Student Handbook 2019-2020

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    Accreditation

    The baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management  and Technology program at Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Ave 21st Floor, Chicago, IL  60601-5800 (312) 233-1134.
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    Program Contact Information

    Pat DeVoy, PhD, EdS, RHIA
    Program Director, Health Information Management and Technology
    McNichols Campus
    College of Health Professions
    4001 W. McNichols
    Detroit, MI 48221-3038
    devoyps@udmercy.edu
    Telephone: (313) 993-1565
    Fax: (313) 993-1271
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