Health Information Management

Managing the evolution of health delivery.

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About the Health Information Certificate

  • Part-time program, consisting of university-level courses
  • 36 or 42 hour courses, varying from 9 to 12 week duration
  • Online delivery
  • Designed in consultation with professional associations

Requirements 

Academic Credit – 15 Units

To obtain the Certificate students must complete a minimum of 15 units of academic credit based on core courses in the Health Information Management program.  All courses are delivered online following a cohort model.  The Certificate is designed for individuals interested in learning the theories, policies and best practices of working with health information and do not wish to pursue the Health Information Management diploma.  

Course List

Complete a minimum of 15 units of credit (5 courses)

 

HTH 115 Records Management (Core course, 3 units)

The course will examine the principles and practices of health records management as it pertains to the collection, maintenance, storage, retrieval, retention and destruction of records.  Records management practices are presented in relation to the legal and regulatory requirements.  Policy development processes for various technological systems are explored and analyzed as a function of the HIM professional. 

HTH 101 Health Information Management I (3 Units)

The course covers fundamental theories and principles of health information management including data types, data acquisition, data standards, data quality and data uses and users. Learners will develop an appreciation of how data is collected, processed and used in healthcare settings and the role that data plays in decision-making (including an understanding of the complexities involved in transforming data into information and knowledge). The course will introduce learners to the roles and responsibilities of the HIM professional in the storage, use, retention and destruction of health records in both paper and electronic record systems and the central role of health information management in quality assurance and performance improvement, planning and management of resources, risk management, research and education.

HTH 102 Health Information Management II (3 Units)

Improvements and increased efficiencies in the health care system depend upon the collection and coding and classification of health data. Once captured in a standard format, health data can be used to support management, planning and delivery of health services, research and education. The principles of data quality and the ICD-10-CA classification system, the current standard within Canadian hospitals and health facilities, will be examined and applied in a laboratory component that includes working with a coding tool, and coding exercises for the ICD-10-CA, CCI and SNOMED codes.

 

HTH 104 Privacy, Confidentiality & Security (3 Units)

This course will examine the "concepts, principles and applications of the rights and obligations related to individual access, privacy and confidentiality of personal health information" (CHIMA, 2010, 21). This examination will involve health information data and records in both paper and electronic formats. The course will review legal regulations and legislations currently in place for the collection, use, storing and sharing of personal health information. Learners will study privacy requirements, responsibilities and risks associated with the life cycle of personal health information as Health Information Managers, Health Informaticians, and members of a health care organization. Various legal, ethical and professional standards as they relate to privacy and access will be presented, discussed and critically analyzed from the perspective of the consumer, organization and Health Information professional.

 

HTH 105 Information Systems Technology (3 Units)

This course is designed to develop the learner's understanding of the different types of information systems used in the health care sector, and how these systems interact with one another for the safe and secure exchange of personal health information. The course will present the key technology and information system concepts and components used throughout the information life cycle. Learners will examine the relationships between health information stakeholders in terms of how health records are collected, stored, accessed, shared, maintained, and secured in health information systems. (3 units)