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The courses below are those in the professional phase of the program which will be completed at Rutgers-SHP.  The general education courses, listed on the curriculum page may be completed at your affiliate.

NOTE:  All students should have the requisite technical skills needed for online learning, as defined in Requirements for online Learners in Moodle



BINF 3000 Intro to Health Care (1)
This course provides an overview of the health care delivery system including the organizations that provide health care, professionals that provide the services, as well as a historical perspective of healthcare delivery in the United States.
Prerequisites: None

BINF 3010 Medical Terminology (3)
Word formation, derivations, and meanings of medical terms related to medical specialties, health services, and health related fields with applications in the transcription of medical reports.
Prerequisite:  None

BINF 3110 Legal Aspects of Health Information (3)
A study of the importance of medical records as legal documents.  Includes the legal aspects of hospital and medical staff organization, release of information and legal actions requiring evidence from medical records.
Prerequisite:  None

BINF  3126 Health Record Data Management I(3)
A comprehensive study of the structure and content, technical evaluation and completion, and maintenance of health records data in acute care and other various health care settings.

Prerequisite:  Acceptance into Health Information Management.

BINF  3127 Health Record Data Management II (3)
This course, a continuation of BINF 3126, will address healthcare delivery in the United States, clinical documentation, functions of the health record, primary and secondary data sources, health record documentation best practices, accreditation and regulations, and the continuum of care.

Prerequisite:  BINF 3126

BINF  3301  Classification & Reimbursement Systems (3)
This course provides in depth coverage of reimbursement methodologies used throughout the healthcare industry as well as preparing the student to assess compliance with regulatory guidelines.   Also including is an overview of classification systems such as the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the Health Care Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and  clinical terminologies as they apply to these systems.
Prerequisite:  Admission to Health Information Management Program. Corequisite:  BINF 3126

BINF 3311 Introduction to Coding (3)
This course provides an overview of classification systems used in health care systems including the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the Health Care Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS).
Prerequisites: BINF 3010 Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology requirements at affiliate and prerequisite to program admission, BINF 3411 Disease Pathology I.  Co-requisite: BINF 3412 Disease Pathology II.

BINF  3411   Disease Pathology I (3)
An in-depth study of disease processes which affect the human body with applications to the operation of a medical information system.  Part I of II.
Prerequisite:  Anatomy & Physiology II or permission of instructor.

BINF  3412  Disease Pathology II (3)
Continuation of Disease Pathology I with emphasis on diseases of individual organs.  Part II of II.
Prerequisite:  BINF  3411.

IDST 3510 Principles of Scientific Inquiry (3)
Provides an overview of the various methods used in structured scientific inquiry, including descriptive research, case studies, causal-comparative analysis, and true experimental designs. Emphasis is on problem definition via bibliographic inquiry, and the critical interpretation and use of the research literature. Prerequisites: All students should have the requisite technical skills needed for online learning, as defined in Requirements for online Learners in Moodle.

BINF 4200 Financial Concepts for HIM (3)
This web-based course is to prepare healthcare professionals for the responsibilities in maintaining a well-managed healthcare department/healthcare organization.  This course provides a detailed understanding of healthcare financial management for decision-making.  The course blends accounting and finance concepts to enhance the healthcare professional’s decision-making skills. Topics covered include types of budgets; financial statements commonly used in healthcare environments; staffing; inventory and depreciation concepts; cost classifications; and trend analysis.  The course will enhance the student's decision-making skills by utilizing case studies and practical applications to real-world situations.
Prerequisite: Financial Accounting (Prerequisite to admission)

BINF 4220 Research Concepts in HIM (3)
This course will provide an introduction to research study design, methods, descriptive and inferential statistics needed to conduct research studies in the health information management domains.
Prerequisites: IDST 3510 and all BINF 3000 level courses.

IDST 4300 Human Resources Management in Health Care (3)
This course provides an overview of human resources management in health care. It is intended for those individuals with a clinical background who currently, or may in the future, have administrative, managerial or supervisory responsibilities. Topics include: job analysis, recruitment/retention, selection/placement, training/development, performance appraisal, compensation, labor relations and other related topics.
Prerequisite:  Entry level training as a health professional or permission of the instructor. In addition, all students should have the requisite technical skills needed for online learning, as defined in Requirements for online Learners in Moodle

BINF 4305 Health Information Services Administration (3)
The application of the principles of management theory to the functions in Health Information Management traditional and expanded roles including standards of practice, departmental design, policy and procedure development.
Prerequisite: All 3000 level courses in HIM Program.

BINF  4310  Performance Improvement in Health Care (3)
This course deals with performance improvement in the health care setting.  Students learn about the history of quality assurance, traditional quality programs and why they failed.  Quality Improvement, its philosophies, techniques and methods, are explored in theory and application relating to a hospital-wide and health information management department quality improvement activities.  Licensing and accreditation agencies and requirements for quality programs are also explored. Writing Emphasis Course.
Prerequisites:  This course is open to all students who have been accepted into the HIM Program and who have completed all of their 3000-level courses as well as IDST 4117  Health Services Management.

BINF 4311 Electronic Health Records (3)
In this course, students will learn why Electronic Health Records (EHR) are seen as one of the most effective ways to improve healthcare, what information technology infrastructure is needed to support the EHR, why physician buy-in is essential to achieve success, how to overcome return-on-investment obstacles, the key components of a well-designed EHR, and why clinical decision support offers huge EHR payback. Students will examine how the Electronic Health Record (EHR) will affect clinical outcomes and disease management today and into the future. Students will also get case studies of winning healthcare providers' EHR strategies – tips and tactics that can be used in EHR planning and implementation. In addition, students will learn about the federal government's recent efforts to accelerate EHR adoption and how this adoption will be affected by HIPAA and community security concerns.

BINF  4619  Management Affiliation (3)
Supervised learning experience with a registered health information administrator and/ or department head at an affiliated health care facility to gain experience in Health Information Management. (Requires 75 hours on site during daytime hours plus 75 hours online modular education)
Prerequisite:  This is the capstone course in the HIM Program.  It is open to all HIM students who have completed all other prerequisite course work and are enrolled in or have completed all co-requisite course work.  Students who have outstanding HIM coursework will not be permitted to take Management Affiliation

BINF 5000 Essentials of Informatics in Health Care (3)
Course Description: The course presents an overview of all aspects of healthcare informatics, including key elements of informatics such as data structure, systems and privacy concerns. It introduces electronic health records and the legal aspects of this aspect as well as future trends in technology. 
Prerequisites: Completion of 3000 level HIM courses - May be taken with BINF3301.
Credits: 3 credit hours

BINF 5520 Health Analytics (3)
This course explores key health analytics and management techniques which healthcare professionals can use data to gain insights and make better management decisions. The course provides an introduction to the basics of health analytics and the importance it serves for data governance programs.  The course will utilize data quality improvement techniques that are based on software applications that would typically be found in healthcare organizations: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, My SQL, and several open source Population Health statistical software analytics tools.

Elective Courses (must select two courses within the same option area)

Medical Coding:

BINF 4216 Coding with the International Classification of Diseases Part I (3)
A course designed to increase the depth of knowledge in coding systems with practical applications in International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
Prerequisite: BINF 3412, BINF 3010.

BINF 4217 Coding with the International Classification of Diseases Part II (3)
This course is a continuation of BINF 4216 Coding with ICD Part I will continue to increase the depth of knowledge in coding systems with practical applications in International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
Prerequisite: BINF 4216

BINF 4313 Coding with CPT (2)
A course designed to increase the depth of knowledge in coding systems with primary practical applications in Current Procedural Terminology (CPT).  This course is a required course in the Coding Certificate Program and an elective course in the Health Information Management Program.
Prerequisite: BINF 3412, BINF 3010

Healthcare Compliance:

BINF 4536 Healthcare Compliance I (3)

This course introduces the most important legal and practical concepts in the field of health care compliance. It deals with the basic fundamentals of health care compliance administration, examining written compliance policies and procedures, descriptions of compliance oversight and committees; enforcement and reporting requirements, screening of employees and vendors, negotiating and enforcing corporate integrity agreements, and billing and coding basics.

BINF 4537 Healthcare Compliance II (3)

This course focuses on the laws and regulations that are applicable to healthcare organizations in regards to Compliance. It also provides an exploration of federal and state laws, policy guidance, and enforcement and standards of discipline. This course will address exclusion authority, quality and compliance, OIG advisory opinions, EMTALA, the Anti-kickback Statute, Stark Law, False Claims Act, Medicare/Medicaid regulations, Sanctions, Affordable Care Act, and other applicable healthcare federal and state laws.

Prerequisite:  BINF 4536

Information Governance:

BINF 5515 Information Governance (3)
The course provides the foundation and guide for the roles, functions, and practices for successfully managing and integrating enterprise information management and data governance.  The course takes an integrative approach to the traditional roles of health information management (HIM), offering challenging opportunities for elevating the practice domain and leveraging the benefits of quality data for the healthcare industry. The course expands on and incorporates data management areas in response to technology innovations, regulatory, efficiency, risk management, and quality.

IDST 4150 Ethics in Health Care (3)
Provides an overview of theory and application in the principles of jurisprudence and moral decision-making, as applied to health care. Emphasis will be on the critical analysis of ethical issues in assignments and discussions.


The following elective options are open to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Medical Informatics: (Courses in this option will also apply to a Master's in Biomedical Informatics for students who continue into the graduate program.)

BINF 5005 Health Information Systems (3)
The course focuses on the general systems theory applied to health care systems and information technology. Computer-based information system operation and management functions in the context of various professional settings, impact of information technology on health care management are reviewed and discussed. Demonstrations of current health information systems, emphasizing design, system components, data structures and database management are conducted. The costs and potential benefits of current applications; the justification, specification and evaluation of computer systems, and the capacity for future modification and development. Students practice on existing systems in various health care settings.
Prerequisite: This web-based course is open to all medical, dental, public health and health related professions students.

BINF 5100 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics (3)
This is an introductory course for MS/PhD degree students in biomedical informatics. This course aims to provide an overview and fundamental knowledge of biomedical informatics. In addition to a bird¿s eye view of the actively evolving field of biomedical informatics, some details of bioinformatics applications in clinical setting are also discussed in this course. Topics covered encompass various areas of biomedical and healthcare informatics, including biomedical modeling, clinical decision support, imaging informatics, public health informatics, pharmacogenomics, clinical proteomics, and metabolomics.


Health Information Leadership: (Courses in this option will also apply to a Master's in Health Care Managementfor students who continue into the graduate program.)
Students choose 2 of the following:

IDST 5110 Health Services, Issues and Trends (3)
An analysis of selected professional and policy issues and trends affecting the present and projected health care delivery system. Issues concerning health are personnel, patients, health care technology, organizational structures and facilities, finance mechanisms, and the role of government are stressed in relation to how they influence health care services delivery.

IDST 5600 Management and Leadership in Healthcare (3)
The course provides an overview of management and leadership in health care. This web-based course covers the fundamentals of management and leadership as well as the application of such principles specific to the health care industry. An array of web-based resources and exercises, as well as a text and supplemental resources are utilized to cover related concepts. Students will use these resources to prepare for assignments, exams and papers.

BINF 5131 Health Care Finance Systems (3)
The course is designed to provide a balance between theoretical and practical approaches to the financial management of the health care institutions. Emphasis is placed on examples from hospitals to include: preparation of budgets, financial statements and reports, regulation and cost containment, financial analysis and management of health resources. Specific attention is given to rate regulation, hospital reimbursement, hospital accounting, financial ratio analysis, and project evaluation.


The following course will be offered in the summer session as an option for students preparing for the RHIA exam.

BINF 4500 HIM Competency Review (3)
This course is a complete review of the Health Information Management (HIM) competencies required for inclusion in the HIM program from prior and concurrent current courses.  Each class meeting will focus on one or two content areas from the Domains and Subdomains for Health Information Management Baccalaureate degrees as required by the American Health Information Management Association. 
Prerequisites: This course is open to HIM Program Seniors who are in their final semester of the Program and who have satisfactorily completed all previous course work.


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