Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Health Information Management, Bachelor of Science (529P, 529)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/publichealth

Program Coordinator

Janice R. Hunt-Shepherd, jan.hunt-shepherd@wku.edu, (270) 745-3548

The Health Information Management bachelor degree program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)*. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA)** certification examination for the designation of Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

The major in health information management is designed to prepare the graduate HIM professional with skills and competencies in health data management, data analytics and informatics, information governance, privacy and security, compliance, clinical documentation improvement, revenue cycle management, medical coding, health information technology management and administrative and clinical work flow. Students will focus on operations management essential to ensuring an accurate and complete medical record and cost effective information processing.

A student's application to the baccalaureate degree program will be considered following:

  • Admission to WKU;
  • Earning grade of C or higher in introductory course, HIM 100: Health Data Content and Structure (or equivalent course or departmental exam) OR following successful completion of an associate degree in Health Information Management or Health Information Technology;
  • Submitting a criminal background check; and
  • Earning an overall GPA of 2.0.

Students are required to have professional liability insurance coverage prior to accessing health information and / or professional practice experience. Prior to participating in any professional practice experience (PPE) students are also required to provide a recent criminal background check, current immunization records and results of a current drug screen. At selected health care institutions, there may be additional certifications, training seminars, or other requirements that a student must meet in order to be eligible for training at the chosen facility. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all institutional requirements are met prior to participation in the PPE. Students may be responsible in part or in full for any costs incurred to meet such requirements. Policies, standards and requirements should be obtained directly from the program office or at http://www.wku.edu/healthinformationmanagement.

Program Requirements (61-64 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

This program requires a minimum of 120 hours and includes 61-64 hours for the HIM major; Colonnade courses must be completed in consultation with advisor and HIM courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Courses for transfer students and graduates from HIM and HIT programs will be accepted as substitutions for equivalent HIM courses.  Departmental examinations are available for the following courses: HIM 100, HIM 230, HIM 250, HIM 251, HIM 252, AH 290/HIM 290, HIM 291, and HIM 292.

Students not achieving a satisfactory score (70% or above) on the department examination(s) must complete the corresponding course(s). National specialty certifications and / or training may be considered as evidence of mastery of course content in specific courses.

HIM 100Health Data Content and Structure4
HIM 225Legal Issues in Health Information Management2
HIM 230Computer Systems and Applications in Health Information Management3
HIM 252Healthcare Payment Systems3
AH/HIM 290Medical Terminology2
HIM 291Advanced Medical Terminolgy2
HIM 292Pharmacology and Laboratory Diagnostics2
HIM 330Electronic Health Record Systems3
HIM 350Health Informatics Research3
HIM 353Management of Clinical Classification Systems3
HIM 421Health Information Leadership and Management3
HIM 422Clinical Evaluation and Outcomes3
HIM 430Health Data Management and Analytics3
HIM 450Application & Analysis of HIM Theory3
HIM 495Capstone Professional Practice Experience3-6
PH 383Biostatistics in the Health Sciences3
or MATH 183 Introductory Statistics
or SOCL 300 Social Statistics
BDAN 305Principles of MIS with Spreadsheets3
BIOL 131Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BDAN 250Introduction to Analytics3
Select 6 credit hours of the following:6
Business Data Analytics
Web Analytics
Structured Data Analysis
Data Management
DSS Analysis and Design
Predictive Modeling
Data Visualization
Special Topics - Analytics & Information Systems
Big Data with its Applications
Personal Information Technologies
Emerging Information Technologies
Total Hours61-64

233 North Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor        
Chicago, IL 60601-5800                
https:// www.cahiim.org                                                            

233 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601-5800
(312) 233-1100
https://www. ahima.org

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
ENG 1003COMM 1453
HIM 1004ENG 2003
HIM 290 or AH 2902HIST 101 or HIST 1023
Colonnade - Quantitative Reasoning3HIM 2912
General Elective3BIOL 1314
 15 15
Second Year
HIM 2252HIM 2303
HIM 2922HIM 2523
Colonnade - Arts & Humanities 3Colonnade - Natural & Physical Science3
BDAN 3053PH 383, MATH 183, or SOCL 3003
Colonnade - Social & Behavioral3General Elective3
 13 15
Third Year
HIM 3303HIM 4213
HIM 3533HIM 4223
HIM 3503General Elective3
BDAN 2503Restricted Elective (BDAN 310, BDAN 320, BDAN 330, BDAN 350, BDAN 410, BDAN 420, BDAN 430, BDAN 440, CIS 320, CIS 321, DATA 301)3
Connections - Systems3ENG 3003
 Connections - Local to Global3
 15 18
Fourth Year
HIM 4303HIM 4953-6
HIM 4503General Elective3
Connections - Social & Cultural3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
Restricted Elective (BDAN 310, BDAN 320, BDAN 330, BDAN 350, BDAN 410, BDAN 420, BDAN 430, BDAN 440, CIS 320, CIS 321, DATA 301)3General Elective3
 15 15-18
Total Hours 121-124