Health Information Management and Technology program

Undergrad major

Prepare for a position in today’s technology-based, data-driven field of healthcare.

New technologies and regulations are profoundly changing the roles and requirements of healthcare professionals. The Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) major will prepare you for a future managing information or technology in the healthcare field.

This online, partnership program including UW-Extension and four University of Wisconsin campuses is one of the only programs that teaches essential skills in both health information management (HIM) and health information technology (HIT). You'll gain an understanding of not only management of health data, but also the software and systems needed to do the job.

If you want to be part of the effort to improve healthcare, the HIMT program could be the right fit for you.

Health information management jobs

Job titles and salaries of health information management professionals vary considerably and are usually dependent on work setting and experience. A UWL Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) can be the foundation for many health information management positions. Examples include:

  • Health data analyst
  • Insurance claims analyst
  • Security or compliance officer
  • Physician practice manager
  • EHR (Electronic Health Record) privacy and security coordinator
  • EHR analyst
  • Health data scientist
  • Health information manager
  • Patient information coordinator

What distinguishes UWL's program?

Learn from top faculty across the UW system

The HIMT program brings diverse faculty expertise together in one place. The program is a partnership of UW-Extension and four University of Wisconsin campuses — UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside, UW-Stevens Point and UW-La Crosse.

Online classes

Enjoy the flexibility of online classes.

In-demand skills

Learn and become an expert in the new HIMT skills that are rapidly growing in demand.

Experience in the field

Gain hands-on experience through a required internship with a semester long-project.

Choose your track

Choose a concentration in Health Information Management or Health Information Technology. The HIM concentration provides a focus on human resources management, financial and resource management, and strategic planning and organizational development. HIT focuses on information technology and systems, preparing students to build and use software and hardware systems to manage, retrieve, and analyze data that will drive improvements in patient care.

Sample courses

HIMT 301 Digital Literacy in Healthcare This course provides an overview of medical clinical workflow with emphasis on inter-professional electronic documentation and functionalities of the electronic health record (EHR). Through hands-on experience, this course advances the students' understanding of the electronic health record, health IT policies, data and database management systems in support of the EHR. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

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. 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. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

HIMT 320 Survey of Information Technology in Healthcare In this course essential information technologies in healthcare (HITs) will be surveyed. Many important healthcare information systems (HISs) are built upon three categories of HITs: data processing technologies, information reporting technologies, and decision supporting technologies. Specific subjects pertaining to these technologies will be identified and introduced. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

HIMT 330 Healthcare I: Terminology and Body Systems This course will examine specific terminology and vocabulary used by healthcare providers and support staff. The focus of this course is on medical terminology which covers human anatomy and physiology, body systems, and diagnoses and procedures. The structure 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: UW Colleges BIO 101 Concepts of Biology or equivalent. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

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; and 3) healthcare regulations and compliance with focuses on the legislative systems, policies, and legal environment of healthcare in the US and the existing health information laws, regulations and standards. Also addressed are the elements and development of compliance programs. Prerequisite: Students cannot earn credit in both HIMT 340 and IS 340. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

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. Prerequisite: UW Colleges MAT 105 Introduction to College Algebra or equivalent. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

HIMT 360 Healthcare II: Survey of Disease and Treatments This course further investigates the topics covered in HIMT 330 Healthcare 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, including 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 biological work, their limitations, and the current diversity of available drugs and biologicals. Prerequisite: HIMT 330. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

HIMT 370 Healthcare Systems: Analysis and 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 the definition of the problem, fact gathering, analysis, logical design, selection and evaluation of alternative healthcare information systems solutions from the point of view of the health provider and user. The course focuses on the problem solving process that leads to the development of logical IS solutions to applied healthcare programs. Prerequisite: HIMT 300. Students cannot earn credit in both HIMT 370 and IS 370. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

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. Prerequisite: HIMT 330; HIMT 360. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

HIMT 400 Healthcare Information and Technology: Data This course explores the sources and data contents of healthcare information as well as the proper presentation of it for different usage levels. Topics 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: HIMT 360. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

HIMT 410 Healthcare Systems: Implementation and Integration Covers the back-end stages of healthcare systems development life cycle 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: HIMT 300; HIMT 370. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

HIMT 420 Healthcare Systems: Project Management This course addresses the phenomenal impact information system (IS) projects have had on healthcare delivery. Students learn how IS healthcare projects affect organizations, doctors, patients, and chronic-illness treatments, as well as individuals interested in managing their own healthcare. Concepts and tools for IS healthcare project management, process reengineering 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 IS healthcare 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. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

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 and overview of leadership development techniques. Also included is a focus on the uses of various communication technologies in the team-building and functioning processes. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

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 software applications and enterprise architecture in healthcare and public health organizations. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.