Our Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) provides you with the knowledge and skills required to be a health information administrator in a variety of settings such as hospitals, insurance companies, and government agencies. With a focus on operations management, this online bachelor's degree utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to its curriculum.

Billions of dollars have been invested in newer health information technology, leading to a greater need for trained, educated HIM professionals knowledgeable in data management, information policy, finance, information systems, and administrative and clinical knowledge.

The Baccalaureate Degree Health Information Management program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Note: Some courses in the program require you to install software for virtual online lab accessibility. The cost of software and/or lab equipment is not covered under the undergraduate book grant and will need to be purchased when you register for class. Please see the course materials section of those courses for more information prior to registration.

Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many hospitals are not allowing internship placements at this time. We are making you aware as this may adversely impact your time to completion. Please speak with the practicum placement coordinator if you have questions by emailing amignott@apus.edu.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Assess organizational compliance with state and federal governmental regulations, accreditation, licensure and certification requirements.
  • Construct accurate quantitative evaluations related to health care statistics, financial management, and accounting standards and best practices.
  • Analyze legal and ethical concerns related to confidentiality, security, and privacy issues in the management of health information in the digital world.
  • Implement supervisory and management skills across business functions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specialized medical language, classification systems, and reimbursement methodology common in the field of health information management.
  • Synthesize material on health information management from multiple competing sources.
  • Summarize the significance of being a health information administrator in terms of challenges, trends, and developments in a social context.
  • Identify significant public policy issues in health information management.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required67
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Four Points of the Compass: Culture and Society Around the World
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Proficiency in Writing
Argumentation and Rhetoric
Introduction to Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Effective Business Communication
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
MATH120Introduction to Statistics3
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (67 semester hours)

HIMA100Medical Terminology3
HIMA110Introduction to Health Information Management3
HIMA200Legal Aspects of Health Information Management3
HIMA220Classification Systems I3
HIMA230Classification Systems II3
HIMA240Healthcare Reimbursement Methodologies3
HIMA250Healthcare Delivery Systems and Documentation3
ACCT105Accounting for Non Accounting Majors3
BIOL201Principles of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab4
SCIN255Principles of Pathophysiology and Pharmacology3
HIMA310Electronics Health Records Fundamentals3
HIMA360Health Informatics Project and Enterprise Management3
HIMA410Informatics and Analytics3
HIMA460Healthcare Data Management and Governance3
FINC300Foundations of Financial Management3
HIMA497Health Information Management Practicum3
HRMT407Human Resource Management3
ISSC361Information Assurance3
ISSC422Information Security3
MGMT312Leadership & Motivation3
MGMT414Strategic Planning3
Total Semester Hours67

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

HIMA499Senior Seminar in Health Information Management (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3

Electives (20 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.