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2012 - 2013 Undergraduate Catalog

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  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
HIMT-300

Survey of Contemporary Computing

This course provides a basic overview of contemporary information technology and computers. Topics include computer concepts (e.g., hardware, system architectures, operating systems, etc.), communication technologies, Internet technologies, and data organization/structures. Special emphasis placed on database management systems and data warehousing,

Prerequisites
P: HIMT major
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    HIMT-310

    Healthcare Systems and Organizations

    This course provides an overview of how healthcare and public health are organized and how their services are delivered in the United States (US). Topics to be covered include: public policy (including US 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.

    Prerequisites
    P: HIMT major
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Fall
      HIMT-320

      Survey of Information Technology in Healthcare

      Essential healthcare information technologies (HIT) that are used for healthcare information systems (HISs) are examined. Popular HISs include electronic medical record systems (EMRS), the computerized provider order entry systems, telemedicine, telehealth and e-prescribing.

      Prerequisites
      P: HIMT major
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Spring
        Fall
        HIMT-330

        Healthcare I: Teminology & Body Systems

        Specific terminology and vocabulary used by workers in healthcare and public health will be examined. Topics include medical terminology that broadly relates to human anatomy and physiology, body systems and diagnosis, including prefixes, suffixes, roots and combined forms. Topics will also include healthcare taxonomies and nomenclatures (e.g. ICD-9-CM, ICD-10, etc.).

        Prerequisites
        P: UW Colleges BIO 109 Concepts of Biology or equiv; HIMT major
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Spring
          Fall
          HIMT-340

          Ethical issues, Security Management and Compliance

          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 in the U.S. and the existing health information laws, regulations and standards. Also addressed are the elements and development of compliance programs.

          Prerequisites
          P: HIMT major
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            Fall
            HIMT-345

            Programming and Software Development

            Introduction to: object-oriented (OO) programming paradigm, OO systems analysis and design, fundamental data structures, and n-tier software design. Examination of the role of each in the software development process.

            Prerequisites
            P: HIMT 300 or conc enr; HIMT major
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Spring
              Fall
              HIMT-350

              Statistics for Healthcare

              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.

              Prerequisites
              P: UW Colleges MAT 105 Introduction to College Algebra or equiv; HIMT major
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Spring
                Fall
                HIMT-355

                Principles of Management for HIMT Professionals

                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.

                Prerequisites
                P: HIMT major
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  Fall
                  HIMT-360

                  Healthcare II: Survey of Disease & Treatments

                  This course further investigates the topics covered in HIMT 330 Health Care I. Based on 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.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: HIMT 330; HIMT major
                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    Spring
                    Fall
                    HIMT-365

                    Healthcare Economics

                    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.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: HIMT major
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Spring
                      Fall
                      HIMT-370

                      Healthcare Systems: Analysis & Design

                      This is the first course in a two-course sequence that addresses methods and techniques of healthcare information system (IS) analysis and design as performed within the system development life cycle. Included will be techniques for problem definition, requirements gathering, analysis, logical design, 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.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: HIMT 300; HIMT major
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        Spring
                        Fall
                        HIMT-375

                        Database Structures and Management Systems

                        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.

                        Prerequisites
                        P: HIMT 345; HIMT major
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          Spring
                          Fall
                          HIMT-380

                          Healthcare Billing, Coding and Reimbursement

                          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.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: HIMT 330 & 360; HIMT major
                            Credits3
                            Lecture
                            Spring
                            Fall
                            HIMT-400

                            Healthcare Information and Technology - Data

                            This course explores the sources and data contents of health-care 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.

                            Prerequisites
                            P: HIMT 360; HIMT major
                              Credits3
                              Lecture
                              Spring
                              Fall
                              HIMT-410

                              Healthcare Sytems: Implementation and Integration

                              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.

                              Prerequisites
                              P: HIMT 300 & 370; HIMT major
                                Credits3
                                Lecture
                                Spring
                                Fall
                                HIMT-415

                                Human Resource Management in Healthcare

                                This course examines the role of HIM staff in managing human resources to facilitate staff recruitment, retention and supervision.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: HIMT major
                                  Credits3
                                  Lecture
                                  Spring
                                  Fall
                                  HIMT-420

                                  Healthcare Systems: Project Management

                                  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.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: HIMT major
                                    Credits3
                                    Lecture
                                    Spring
                                    Fall
                                    HIMT-425

                                    Data Warehousing and Mining

                                    Examine the concept of 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.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: HIMT 375; HIMT major
                                      Credits3
                                      Lecture
                                      Spring
                                      Fall
                                      HIMT-430

                                      Quality Assessment and Improvement

                                      This course examines the Quality Assessment and Quality Improvement cycle (Plan, Do, Act, Check) and the role of the HIT/HIM in the process. Tools used in quality and risk management processes will be examined.

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: HIMT 350; HIMT major
                                        Credits3
                                        Lecture
                                        Spring
                                        Fall
                                        HIMT-435

                                        Data Communications and Networks in Healthcare

                                        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 health care 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, health care information systems standards, and the HIE, RHIN, and the NHIN.

                                        Prerequisites
                                        P: HIMT 300; HIMT major
                                          Credits3
                                          Lecture
                                          Spring
                                          Fall
                                          HIMT-440

                                          Group Processes, Team Building and Leadership

                                          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.

                                          Prerequisites
                                          P: HIMT 355; HIMT major
                                            Credits3
                                            Lecture
                                            Spring
                                            Fall
                                            HIMT-445

                                            Application of Leadership & Management in Healthcare Technology

                                            This course assimilates and integrates concepts and applications of management and leadership in the 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, critical organizational behaviors for leadership and management focusing on best practices and organizational accountability and assessment models.

                                            Prerequisites
                                            P: HIMT 355, 365 & 415; HIMT major
                                              Credits3
                                              Lecture
                                              Spring
                                              Fall
                                              HIMT-450

                                              Healthcare Information and Technology - Standards

                                              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 soft-ware applications and enterprise architecture in health-care and public health organizations.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: HIMT 400; HIMT major
                                                Credits3
                                                Field EXP
                                                Spring
                                                Fall
                                                HIMT-490

                                                Capstone

                                                This course is 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 set-up will be jointly done by the student, site sponsor, and the faculty of this course, whereas internship supervision will be performed by the projedt supervisor and the course instructor.

                                                Prerequisites
                                                P: HIMT major; Last semester of study/last course before graduation/can be concurrent