BS in Health Information Management

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Applied Health Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. Students should visit the department's Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management page to learn about completing the program online.

Summary of Requirements
Pre-Health Information Management Course Requirements60
Health Information Management Required Courses63
Total Hours123

Pre-Health Information Management Course Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
BIOS 100Biology of Cells and Organisms a5
Additional Analyzing the Natural World course b3-5
Choose one of the following sequences:8-10
Human Physiological Anatomy I c
Human Physiological Anatomy II c
OR
Human Anatomy and Physiology I c
Human Anatomy and Physiology II c
MATH 110College Algebra4
or MATH 118 Mathematical Reasoning
PSCH 100Introduction to Psychology d4
PSCH 242Introduction to Research in Psychology3-4
or STAT 101 Introduction to Statistics
Exploring World Cultures course b3
Understanding the Creative Arts course b3
Understanding the Past course b3
Understanding U.S. Society course b3
IDS 200Intro to Management Information Systems4
Electives—To complete the required total of 60 hours of Pre-Health Information Management courses. 6-11
Total Hours60
a

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

b

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list approved courses in this category.

c

KN 251/KN 252 sequence begins in the fall term only.

d

This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category. 

Health Information Management Required Courses

Required Courses
HIM 410Introduction to the Health Care System3
HIM 317Principles of Health Information Management4
HIM 319Alternative Health Records4
HIM 320Technical Affiliation2
HIM 329Legal Aspects of Health Information Management3
HIM 432Coding and Classification Systems3
HIM 433Coding and Reimbursement Systems4
HIM 337Analysis of Health Care Data4
HIM 343Quality Evaluation and Management3
HIM 361Human Resources Management4
HIM 367Systems Analysis3
HIM 374Health Information Research3
HIM 377Current Issues in Health Information Management2
HIM 384Clinical Practicum5
HIM 481Healthcare Financial Management2
BHIS 405Medical Sciences and Human Pathophysiology a3
BHIS 406Medical Terminology for Health Information Management2
BHIS 410Health Data Structures and Management3
BHIS 460Introduction to Health Informatics1
BHIS 461Information Systems for Health Information Management2
BHIS 480Management and Business Practices3
Total Hours63
a

BHIS 405 must be taken within the first 17 hours of matriculation, excluding prerequisite courses. The student will be denied further registration in the program until this course is successfully completed.

Important Note: The following listing is for graduates of accredited associate's degree programs in Health Information Technology or others with equivalent course work. Graduates of an associate's degree program in Health Information Technology accredited by the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), who also hold current Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification; or who provide a transcript of equivalent course work and demonstrate proficiency by exam, may receive 24 hours of proficiency credit as follows:

Profiency Credits
HIM 317Principles of Health Information Management4
HIM 319Alternative Health Records4
HIM 320Technical Affiliation2
HIM 329Legal Aspects of Health Information Management3
HIM 386Independent Study3
HIM 410Introduction to the Health Care System3
BHIS 405Medical Sciences and Human Pathophysiology3
BHIS 406Medical Terminology for Health Information Management2
Students with a current CPC, CCA, CCS, CCS-P coding or RHIT credential and demonstrate proficiency via an exam, may receive proficiency credit for the following 7 hours:7
Coding and Classification Systems (3 hours)
Coding and Reimbursement Systems (4 hours)
The proficiency credit will be granted following completion of 16 hours (50%) of the HIM course work taken at UIC with a grade of C or better.
Total Hours24-31

Required Courses after Proficiency Credits 

Required Courses
HIM 361Human Resources Management4
HIM 367Systems Analysis3
HIM 374Health Information Research3
HIM 377Current Issues in Health Information Management2
HIM 384Clinical Practicum5
BHIS 410Health Data Structures and Management3
BHIS 460Introduction to Health Informatics1
BHIS 461Information Systems for Health Information Management2
BHIS 480Management and Business Practices3
HIM 481Healthcare Financial Management2
HIM 452Quality Management and Data Analysis4
PLUS, if not receiving proficiency credit:
HIM 432Coding and Classification Systems3
HIM 433Coding and Reimbursement Systems4
Total Hours32-39

Sample Course Schedule for Campus Program

Plan of Study Grid
Junior Year
Fall SemesterHours
HIM 410 Introduction to the Health Care System 3
HIM 317 Principles of Health Information Management 4
BHIS 405 Medical Sciences and Human Pathophysiology 3
BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management 2
BHIS 460 Introduction to Health Informatics 1
BHIS 461 Information Systems for Health Information Management 2
BHIS 480 Management and Business Practices 3
 Hours18
Spring Semester
HIM 319 Alternative Health Records 4
HIM 320 Technical Affiliation 2
HIM 329 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3
HIM 432 Coding and Classification Systems 3
HIM 337 Analysis of Health Care Data 4
 Hours16
Senior Year
Fall Semester
HIM 433 Coding and Reimbursement Systems 4
HIM 343 Quality Evaluation and Management 3
HIM 361 Human Resources Management 4
HIM 481 Healthcare Financial Management 2
BHIS 410 Health Data Structures and Management 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
HIM 367 Systems Analysis 3
HIM 374 Health Information Research 3
HIM 377 Current Issues in Health Information Management 2
HIM 384 Clinical Practicum 5
 Hours13
 Total Hours63