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Health Information Management Degree
The bachelor's degree program in Health Information Management (HIM) is primarily targeted to individuals who have graduated from the Health Information Management diploma/certificate and related programs offered by the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology or equivalents as currently recognized by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA).
In keeping with Ryerson's tradition of professional relevant education, the program is designed in close consultation with leading practitioners, employers, and professional associations.
The program will lead to a proposed Bachelor of Health Administration (BHA) - Health Information Management. To complete the requirements, students will take 24 one-semester courses, the equivalent of two years of full-time study.
Core courses will examine the Canadian health-care system and the health information professional's role in health services organizations. Current theories and practices will be identified and assessed in health information analysis, health information systems management, managerial accounting and finance, health ethics, health law, program planning and evaluation, research methodology, and human resources management. Through an independent project and practicum, students will apply their learning in real work situations other than their own.
Elective courses are offered in areas including business information systems, information technology management, quality assurance, quantitative methods and other areas of relevant interest. Faculty will include experts drawn from a variety of health information management and general health management fields.
The program will provide health information professionals with an enhanced ability to lead and manage within the evolving health information environment. Students will develop an understanding of the role of the professional in health information management in health care and related organizations to provide service in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Graduates will be prepared for careers in health facilities and community-based agencies, or to continue their studies at an advanced level.
The program's central location is the Ryerson campus. However, web-based and distance education courses will become available and courses at other locations may be offered.
Most part-time courses will be offered in the evening or in an extended weekend modular format. Selected courses may be offered during the day or as a block in the spring semester.
Program length will depend on courseload. Up to eight years may be taken to complete the program.
Individualized program planning sessions will be available to assist students to both setup and alter their yearly plans. Web-based courses are already offered in the School of Health Services Management.
View the program flyer here (requires Adobe Acrobat reader)
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