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Course Details

Course Code: HIMA110 Course ID: 4898 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students in Health Information Management to the historical development of the health care field with emphasis on the organizational structure of health institutions: federal, state, local agencies and allied health associations. The course also addresses the theoretical and practical applications of health information management, the Health Information Department, its functions, and an overview of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The course includes definitions of, standards for, and the development of the health record (both electronic and paper-based) as to content, format, evaluation, completion, legal and regulatory aspects and automation. The course content also consists of numbering systems and methods; the use of accessory equipment and technology; conversion systems; the master patient index; filing systems and control; evaluation methods; electronic health records, and supplies and equipment. Documentation issues, along with indexes, registers, and health data collection are also introduced.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe characteristics of health care delivery and settings in the United States.
2. Identify types of patient records, including documentation issues associated with each.
3. Examine ethical and legal aspects of health information management.
4. Summarize coding and reimbursement issues.
5. Explain numbering and filing systems, as well as record storage and circulation methods.
6. Analyze indexes, registers, and health data collection.

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


• Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
• Initial responses should be no less than 300 words and contains two references..
• Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
• Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
• Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
• Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
• All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

Required Course Textbook:

Green, M., & Bowie, M. (2011). Essentials of health information management: Principles and
practices (2nd ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Required Textbook for the degree program:

Candidates are expected to adhere to APA style throughout the program. The Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Currently 6th ed.) should be purchased and used in all courses.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

AHIMA Home - American Health Information Management Association. (n.d.). Retrieved
December 2, 2014, from

HIMSS - Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. (n.d.). Retrieved December
2, 2014, from

Book Title:Health Information Management : Principles and Organization for Health Information Services - 6th ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Unit Cost:$90.00
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.