The HIMT curriculum has two tracks: Health Information Technology and Health Information Management. Students will enter the program with 60 credits. All students will take 16 core courses and then, depending on which track you choose, you will take four additional courses in a given track to complete the degree. There are no electives. Graduates will earn a concentration in Health Information Management OR Health Information Technology.
- HIMT 300: Survey of Contemporary Computing – UW-Green Bay
- HIMT 310: Healthcare Systems and Organizations – UW-Green Bay
- HIMT 320: Survey of Information Technology in Healthcare – UW-La Crosse
- HIMT 330: Healthcare I: Terminology and Body Systems – UW-Stevens Point
- HIMT 340: Ethical Issues, Security Management and Compliance– UW-La Crosse
- HIMT 345: Programming and Software Development – UW-Stevens Point
- HIMT 350: Statistics for Healthcare – UW-Stevens Point
- HIMT 355: Principles of Management for HIMT Professionals – UW-Green Bay
- HIMT 360: Healthcare II: Survey of Disease and Treatments – UW-Parkside
- HIMT 365: Healthcare Economics – UW-Stevens Point
- HIMT 370: Healthcare Systems: Analysis and Design – UW-La Crosse
- HIMT 375: Database Structures and Management Systems – UW-Stevens Point
- HIMT 380: Healthcare Billing, Coding and Reimbursement – UW-Parkside
- HIMT 400: Healthcare Information and Technology - Data – UW-Parkside
- HIMT 410: Healthcare Systems: Implementation and Integration – UW-Parkside
- HIMT 415: Human Resource Management in Healthcare – UW-Green Bay
- HIMT 420: Healthcare Systems: Project Management – UW-La Crosse
- HIMT 425: Data Warehousing and Mining – UW-Stevens Point
- HIMT 430: Quality Assessment and Improvement – UW-Green Bay
- HIMT 435: Data Communications and Networks in Healthcare – UW-La Crosse
- HIMT 440: Group Processes, Team Building and Leadership – UW-Green Bay
- HIMT 445: Application of Leadership and Management in Healthcare Technology – UW-Parkside
- HIMT 450: Healthcare Information and Technology – Standards – UW-Parkside
- HIMT 490: Capstone – UW-La Crosse
HIMT 300: Survey of Contemporary Computing – UW-Green Bay
This course provides a basic overview of contemporary information technology and computers. Topics include computer concepts (e.g., hardware, system architectures, operating systems), communication technologies, Internet technologies, and data organization/structures. Special emphasis placed on database management systems and data warehousing.
HIMT 310: Healthcare Systems and Organizations – UW-Green Bay
This course provides an overview of how healthcare and public health are organized and how their services are delivered in the United States. Topics to be covered include public policy (including U.S. health reform initiatives); organization of healthcare systems; components and operation of healthcare organizations including e-health delivery; professional roles and accreditation; legal and regulatory issues including licensure requirements.
HIMT 320: Survey of Information Technology in Healthcare – UW-La Crosse
This course surveys essential healthcare information technologies that are used for healthcare information systems. Popular healthcare information systems include electronic medical record systems that keep record of patients’ history: the computerized provider order entry systems that record the history of the procurement of medicine and other medical necessaries; telemedicine, which keeps information for medical doctors in the computers; telehealth e-prescribing, which prescribes the medicine electronically; medication administration, which keeps the information for medical doctors and other hospital staff members; and nursing and ancillary service systems.
HIMT 330: Healthcare I: Terminology and Body Systems – UW-Stevens Point
This course will examine specific terminology and vocabulary used by workers in healthcare and public health. The focus of this course is on medical terminology that broadly relates to human anatomy and physiology, body systems and diagnosis. The bases of medical terms will be examined – such as prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combined forms. Topics will also include healthcare taxonomies and nomenclatures (ICD-9-CM, ICD-10, etc.).
Prerequisite(s): UW Colleges BIO 101 Concepts of Biology or equivalent
HIMT 340: Ethical Issues, Security Management and Compliance– UW-La Crosse
This course introduces three broad subjects: (1) evidence-based medical ethics pertaining to healthcare information management; (2) framework of healthcare information security management, including security principles, policies and procedures, security management models, risk assessment, and protection mechanisms; (3) healthcare regulations and compliance with focuses on the legislative systems, policies, and legal environment of healthcare in the U.S. and the existing health information laws, regulations, and standards. Also addressed are the elements and development of compliance programs.
HIMT 345: Programming and Software Development – UW-Stevens Point
Introduction to object-oriented programming paradigm, object-oriented systems analysis and design, fundamental data structures, and n-tier software design. Examination of the role of each in the software development process.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 300 Survey of Contemporary Computing or concurrent enrollment
HIMT 350: Statistics for Healthcare – UW-Stevens Point
This is an introductory course in statistical methods for the health sciences. The course will emphasize the principles of statistical reasoning, underlying assumptions, hypothesis testing, and careful interpretation of results. Some topics covered: major study designs, descriptive statistics, graphical displays of data, probability, confidence intervals and tests for means, differences of means, sample size and power, differences of proportions, chi-square tests for categorical variables, regression, multiple regression, and non-parametric statistics.
Prerequisite(s): UW Colleges MAT 105 Introduction to College Algebra or equivalent
HIMT 355: Principles of Management for HIMT Professionals – UW-Green Bay
This course provides an overview of basic principles involved in management and communication. Topics include basic management principles, communication skills, interpersonal communication competence, negotiation technique, team/consensus building, professional development, and problem solving/decision-making processes.
HIMT 360: Healthcare II: Survey of Disease and Treatments – UW-Parkside
This course further investigates the topics covered in HIMT 330 Health Care I. On the basis of each body system, the course will further expand into the topics of human disease, human health issues, and classification of disease/health issues. Diagnostics, treatment and clinical procedures that are currently in practice. In addition, the course will incorporate pharmacotherapeutic concepts (drugs and therapies to treat/prevent/control human disease/health issues), investigating the variety of drugs used for disease treatment for each body system. This will include the current biologicals that are used for treatment. Topics will include how the drugs and biologicals work, their limitations, and the current diversity of available drugs and biologicals.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 330 Healthcare I: Terminology and Body Systems
HIMT 365: Healthcare Economics – UW-Stevens Point
Applications of microeconomic theory to analyze the behavior of health and health care markets. Topics will include: supply and demand of health care services, private health insurance markets, government provision of health care services and health insurance, and health care policy.
HIMT 370: Healthcare Systems: Analysis and Design – UW-La Crosse
This is the first course in a two-course sequence that addresses methods and techniques of healthcare information system analysis and design as performed within the system development life cycle. Included will be techniques for problem definition, requirements gathering, analysis, logical design, and selection and evaluation of alternative healthcare information systems solutions from the point of view of the health provider and user. An emphasis is placed on analysis, selection, and evaluation of information systems as they relate to healthcare.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 300 Survey of Contemporary Computing
HIMT 375: Database Structures and Management Systems – UW-Stevens Point
Analyze and design databases to support computer-based information systems. Develop and implement relational database management systems using SQL. Topics include: data modeling techniques such as entity-relationship modeling, extended entity-relationship modeling, database constraints, database normalization techniques, and basic and advanced features of database query language SQL, etc.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 345 Programming and Software Development
HIMT 380: Healthcare Billing, Coding, and Reimbursement – UW-Parkside
This course examines the coding and reimbursement connection; topics include managed care plans, prospective payment systems, Medicare-Medicaid reimbursement, Resource-Based Relative Value Scale, case mix management, and revenue cycle management.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 330 Healthcare I: Terminology and Body Systems; and HIMT 360 Healthcare II: Survey of Disease and Treatments
HIMT 400: Healthcare Information and Technology - Data – UW-Parkside
This course explores the sources and data contents of healthcare information as well as the proper presentation of it for different usage levels. Topic addressed include: (1) data structure and use of health information (individual, comparative, and aggregate), (2) type and content of health record, (3) data quality assessment, (4) secondary data sources , (5) healthcare data sets, (6) health information archival systems, and (7) National Healthcare Information Infrastructure (NHII). The course will also cover topics in bioinformatics.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 360 Healthcare II: Survey of Disease and Treatments
HIMT 410: Healthcare Systems: Implementation and Integration – UW-Parkside
Covers the back-end stages of healthcare systems development lifecycle through the procurement route: development of technical design specifications, procurement procedures (RFP, RFQ, vendor evaluation and selection, and contracting), systems configuration and integration, installation, conversion, operation, and maintenance. Pre-installation testing and post-conversion auditing and monitoring will be emphasized to address the upcoming requirements of federal certification of EHR systems.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 300 Survey of Contemporary Computing, and HIMT 370 Healthcare Systems: Analysis and Design
HIMT 415: Human Resource Management in Healthcare – UW-Green Bay
This course examines the role of HIM staff in managing human resources to facilitate staff recruitment, retention and supervision.
HIMT 420: Healthcare Systems: Project Management – UW-La Crosse
This course addresses the phenomenal impact information system (IS) projects have had on healthcare delivery. Students learn how healthcare IS projects affect organizations, doctors, patients, and chronic-illness treatments, as well as individuals interested in managing their own healthcare. Concepts and tools for effective healthcare IS project management, process re-engineering and work redesign are introduced. The purpose of this course is to expose students to IS project management activities in healthcare settings. Topics covered include recent healthcare IS project trends, budgeting, scheduling, resource management, scope, risk analysis, and deployment controls. The genesis of healthcare project management is covered using specific cases and examples.
HIMT 425: Data Warehousing and Mining – UW-Stevens Point
Examine the concept of the data warehouse and its effectiveness in supporting strategic decision making. Address the process of creating data warehouse/data-mart solutions from the identification of the enterprise informational and analytical needs to producing business intelligence by extracting information from the data warehouse by using data mining methods and models.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 375 Database Structures and Management Systems
HIMT 430: Quality Assessment and Improvement – UW-Green Bay
This course examines the quality assessment and quality improvement cycle (plan, do, check, act) and the role of the HIT/HIM in the process. Tools used in quality and risk management processes will be examined.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 350 Statistics for Healthcare
HIMT 435: Data Communications and Networks in Healthcare – UW-La Crosse
This course provides fundamentals of data communications and networking techniques, and examines the linkage of information technology strategies and technological solutions enabling effective communication within and between healthcare organizations. Major topics include fundamental concepts of data communications and applications, network communication devices, basic technologies of the local area network, wireless local area network, wide area network, internet and the Web, the OSI stack, healthcare information systems standards, and the HIE, RHIN, and NHIN.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 300 Survey of Contemporary Computing
HIMT 440: Group Processes, Team Building, and Leadership – UW-Green Bay
This course introduces students to the necessary group/team processes that are at the root of building, developing, and maintaining medical/healthcare work teams and the effective functioning of such teams. The course also provides an overview of leadership development techniques. Also included is a focus on the uses of various communication technologies in the team building and functioning processes.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 355 Principles of Management
HIMT 445: Application of Leadership and Management in Healthcare Technology – UW-Parkside
This course assimilates and integrates concepts and applications of management and leadership in healthcare, advancing on the topics covered in HIMT 355, 365, and 415. Topics will include strategic leadership concepts, exploring key factors that impact management and planning, change management, and critical organizational behaviors for leadership and management, focusing on best practices, organizational accountability, and assessment models.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 355 Principles of Management; HIMT 365 Healthcare Economics; and HIMT 415 Human Resource Management in Healthcare
HIMT 450: Healthcare Information and Technology – Standards – UW-Parkside
This course will be an introduction to healthcare information technology standards, including standards and regulations for documentation, and will cover health information standards. The course will also investigate software applications and enterprise architecture in healthcare and public health organizations.
Prerequisite(s): HIMT 400 Healthcare Information and Technology - Data
HIMT 490: Capstone – UW-La Crosse
This course is the capstone course for both tracks of the degree program. Students are required to find an internship site that is related to healthcare and set up a semester-long project from which they can gain hands-on experience in the areas of their concentration. Project setup will be jointly done by the student, site sponsor, and the faculty of this course, whereas internship supervision will be performed by the project supervisor and the course instructor.
Prerequisite(s): Last semester of study/last course before graduation/can be concurrent
As noted above, every student is required to complete the core 16 courses. Each student will also complete one of the four-course tracks to complete the degree. There are no electives. Because these courses are designed specifically for this degree, are online, and include a focus on health information management and technology, these courses do not duplicate courses already available at the partner campuses.