The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Health Records and Information Management provides health care professionals as well as individuals with a minimum of 45 credits toward a health related undergraduate degree an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in Health Records and Information Management. Students currently employed in the health care industry can utilize this program to migrate from the clinical side of the health care industry to the administrative, business or leadership side. St. Thomas University views the previous health care related coursework as initial professional preparation and development in the chosen Health Care field. The remaining credits completed at the University will add a liberal arts and health records and information management component. The BA in Health Records and Information Management program will help in achieving an important transition into this professional career. Improvement in performance will be experienced and potential as an effective decision maker will be discovered. The BA in Health Records and Information Management is offered over a fifteen month period and consists of four semesters, four courses (12 credits) per semester with an average semester consisting of 16 weeks. Courses are five weeks in duration and are offered on-line. The program normally starts each January, May and August.
- Electronic Health Record Manager
- Director of Health Information Systems
- Privacy Officer
- Medical Practice Manager
- Health Information Data Analyst
Curriculum (Course Sampling)
HIM 3303 Health Care Systems
A comprehensive overview of the United States health services delivery system from the perspective of the health services administrator/manager.
HIM 3311 Technology in Health Care Organizations
Explores basic concepts of data composition and organization; internal and external storage structures; arrays, stacks, and linked lists; file allocations, accessing, searching and sorting; and recursive and non-recursive processing. An introduction to the myriad uses of information technology and information systems in the health care industry. Main subtopics are history, basic technical aspects, patient information, organizational management systems, care delivery systems, technical challenges, confidentiality and other practical challenges, and evaluation strategies.
HCS 411 Management of Health Information Systems
Examines the use of information technologies in business and health care. Information processing is studied at a system level, including discussions of information technology, management information systems, information services, and programming languages.
HCS 445 Health Care Quality, Statistics & Database Management
Emphasizes how to develop, deploy, and evaluate new tools to analyze clinical data resources. Special attention is given to improving health care quality and decision- making to address the needs of a clinical practice or administration. Case studies involving the development and assessment of databases for disease management and drug utilization will be covered. Students will learn how to collect, summarize, statistically analyze, present, and interpret data. Students will be trained in the fundamentals of database design and information retrieval as they develop a working tool to address health care quality improvement. Finally, legal and ethical issues involving training, documentation, security, confidentiality, the use of informed consent, and regulatory requirements will be addressed.