Health Informatics and Information Management

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The associate degree program in Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) was recently approved in the Spring of 2018.  HIIM is an integration of healthcare management, business management, and information systems technology. HIIM professionals possess a unique blend of knowledge, skills, and competencies related to the complex and ever-evolving healthcare industry, including healthcare systems organization; workflow and delivery processes; healthcare privacy and security; policy and finance; data management; compliance; clinical documentation improvement; and quality healthcare outcomes and improvement processes. 

The associate degree in HIIM provides the first two years of the bachelor’s degree program. The goal of the program is to prepare students to transfer into a bachelor’s program or to gain entry level positions within the healthcare system. Graduates with the associate degree in HIIM will also be able to take a coding certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Career Opportunities

An associate degree in HIIM prepares students to gain entry level positions or transfer into a baccalaureate program. Students graduating with a degree in HIIM are prepared for roles in a wide variety of job settings, such as hospitals or a physician’s office.  Careers are available in healthcare privacy and security, health informatics/data analysis, clinical documentation improvement, operations/administration, and revenue cycle management (clinical coding and billing).

Medical records and health information technicians earned a median salary of $39,180 per year and medical and health services managers (bachelor’s degree) earned a median salary of $98,350 in 2017 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Requirements3
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all graded courses required for the major
Minimum GPA of 2.5 required
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (GEF 1)3
ENGL 102Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)3
BIOL 102
BIOL 104
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2B)
4
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications (GEF 8)4
Program Requirements
STAT 111Understanding Statistics (GEF 3)3
PATH 200Medical Terminology3
BIOL 230Human Anatomy and Physiology 14
BIOL 231Human Anatomy and Physiology 24
Major Requirements
HIIM 110Introduction to U.S. Healthcare Delivery System3
HIIM 112Fundamentals of Health Information Management3
HIIM 231Health Information Management Applications2
HIIM 233Health Informatics and Information Management Disease Fundamentals and Management3
HIIM 235Coding and Classification of Diseases3
HIIM 237Introduction to Professional Practice1
HIIM 240Classification of Healthcare Procedures3
HIIM 242Healthcare Reimbursement and Revenue Cycle Management2
HIIM 244Principles of Health Informatics and Information Management Quality Management2
HIIM 246Fundamentals of Clinical Documentation Improvement3
HIIM 247Registries in Healthcare2
HIIM 248Health Informatics and Information Management Professional Practice 11
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
CS 101 (GEF 8)4BIOL 2304
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3STAT 111 (GEF 3)3
HIIM 1103PATH 2003
BIOL 102
BIOL 104 (GEF 2)
4HIIM 1123
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
HIIM 2312HIIM 2403
HIIM 2333HIIM 2442
HIIM 2353HIIM 2463
HIIM 2371HIIM 2472
HIIM 2422HIIM 2481
BIOL 2314GEF Elective (4, 6, 7 or 8)3
 15 14
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Outcomes

Health Informatics and Information Management

Upon completion of the associates in health informatics and information management program, students will be able to:

  • Use medical vocabularies and classification systems and define data and retrieve information from computer-based patient record systems using vocabularies and classification systems.
  • Apply reimbursement strategies related to various delivery systems.
  • Utilize systems and strategic planning, integrate and maintain information resources, and describe acquisition and implementation of systems.
  • Manage the implementation of systems necessary to support the computer-based patient record and other systems implementation projects.
  • Transfer into a bachelor’s HIIM program.
  • Obtain an AHIMA Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certificate.

Faculty

Chair

  • VIcki Huffman - Ph.D. Biomedical Science