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
General Education, Core Requirements, and Electives59-60
Health Information Management Required Courses63-64
Total Hours123

Note: Students who do not place into certain courses or do not carefully plan sequential course work should expect to take summer session courses or possibly take longer than two years to complete the pre-health information management course work. Students should seek advising from the Health Information Management program for advice on course planning. Visit the department website for additional information and directions on becoming a health information management major.

The General Education Core Requirements and University Writing Requirements are required prerequisites courses for many of the Health Information Management Common Core courses and therefore should be completed within the first two years of the program.

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 110Biology of Cells and Organisms a4
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 105 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. 6-12
Total Hours59-60

Health Information Management Required Courses

Required Courses
HIM 101Health Information Management First Year Seminar (First year students only)0-1
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 Management3
HIM 367Systems Analysis3
HIM 374Health Information Research4
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 Hours63-64

Proficiency Credit for Graduates of Accredited Programs in Health Information Technology (or Equivalent Course Work)

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 21 hours of proficiency credit as follows:

Proficiency Credits
HIM 317Principles of Health Information Management4
HIM 319Alternative Health Records4
HIM 320Technical Affiliation2
HIM 329Legal Aspects of Health Information Management3
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 Hours21-28
Required Courses after Proficiency Credits
HIM 337Analysis of Health Care Data4
HIM 343Quality Evaluation and Management3
HIM 361Human Resources Management3
HIM 367Systems Analysis3
HIM 374Health Information Research4
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
PLUS, if not receiving proficiency credit:
HIM 432Coding and Classification Systems3
HIM 433Coding and Reimbursement Systems4
Total Hours35-42

Sample Course Schedule for Campus Program

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
BIOS 110 Biology of Cells and Organisms a 4
HIM 101 Health Information Management First Year Seminar 1
Understanding the Past course b 3
General Elective 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
PSCH 100 Introduction to Psychology d 4
BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management 2
Analyzying the Natural World course b 3
Understanding U.S. Society course b 3
 Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
KN 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I c 4
MATH 110
College Algebra
or Mathematical Reasoning
4
IDS 200 Intro to Management Information Systems 4
Understanding the Creative Arts course b 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
KN 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II c 4
PSCH 242
Introduction to Research in Psychology
or Introduction to Statistics
3-4
Exploring World Cultures course b 3
HIM 410 Introduction to the Health Care System (Session A Online) 3
General Elective 4
 Hours17-18
Junior Year
Fall Semester
Fall Session A  
HIM 317 Principles of Health Information Management 4
General Elective 3
Fall Session B  
HIM 319 Alternative Health Records 4
BHIS 405 Medical Sciences and Human Pathophysiology 3
BHIS 460 Introduction to Health Informatics 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Spring Session A  
BHIS 461 Information Systems for Health Information Management 2
BHIS 480 Management and Business Practices 3
HIM 432 Coding and Classification Systems 3
Spring Session B  
HIM 320 Technical Affiliation 2
HIM 329 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3
HIM 361 Human Resources Management 3
 Hours16
Senior Year
Fall Semester
Fall Session A  
HIM 337 Analysis of Health Care Data 4
BHIS 410 Health Data Structures and Management 3
Fall Session B  
HIM 433 Coding and Reimbursement Systems 4
HIM 374 Health Information Research 4
HIM 481 Healthcare Financial Management 2
 Hours17
Spring Semester
Spring Session A  
HIM 343 Quality Evaluation and Management 3
HIM 367 Systems Analysis 3
HIM 377 Current Issues in Health Information Management 2
Spring Session B  
HIM 384 Clinical Practicum 5
 Hours13
 Total Hours123