Health Information Management

Course List

Code Course Description
HIMP 2100

Health Information Management Principles and Practices

Students are introduced to theory and principles pertaining to health information management utilizing the health information management lifecycle as an integrated framework.

HIMP 2110

Health Data Classification I

Students are introduced to the theory and principles of health data classification utilizing CIHI Canadian Coding Standards, documentation standards. Students are also given knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and pathophysiology. Students will learn to navigate ICD and CCI classification systems, electronic coding and abstracting systems and complete scenarios within the electronic health record to assign disease and intervention codes.

HIMP 2120

Clinical Classifications

Students will gain knowledge of and competency in the process of health data classification and its impact on quality health outcomes, management, planning and delivery of health services, research and education. The principles of data quality, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) classification system from the World Health Organization (WHO) and contemporary coding standards within the Canadian health sector will be examined and applied.

HIMP 2140

Health Care Systems in Canada

Students will be introduced to the components of health and wellness and how health care is delivered in Canada. Concepts of health and illness will be addressed as well as the inherent cost, structure and function of the Canadian health care system at regional, provincial, federal and international levels. Students will explore data requirements and uses, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the HIM profession in this evolving system.

HIMP 2210

Health Data Classification II

Students will continue to gain knowledge of the data classification process. Theory and principles about disorders and interventions will be discussed. Students will apply their knowledge of CIHI Canadian Coding Standards, documentation standards, as well as medical terminology, anatomy and pathophysiology. Students will continue to learn techniques that are involved with navigating ICD and CCI electronic coding software to assign disease and intervention codes. Students will be given the opportunity to apply diagnosis and intervention coded data to casemix and resource intensity weight methodologies inherent in health management.

HIMP 2230

Professional Practice in Health Information Management

Students are introduced to the roles, responsibilities and practices integral to the health information management profession. Students will examine the framework of the Canadian Health Information Management Association, including the credentialing and certification process. Students will interpret the CHIMA Code of Ethics and discuss applicable health legislation.

HIMP 2240

Health Information Analysis and Reporting

Students are introduced to the methodology involved in data retrieval, analysis and presentation in compliance with data governance, ethics and the health information management lifecycle.

HIMP 2250

Cultural Diversity and Health Information Needs in Canada

Students will begin to understand the salient health information needs of Canada’s diverse, multicultural population. Students will examine health strategies addressing cultural safety and humility in healthcare and its impact on improved health outcomes and the ultimate elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities.

HIMP 2500

Health Information Management Practicum I

This one week extramural provides the student with the opportunity to apply health information management theory in the healthcare setting. Students will gain an appreciation of internal and external stakeholders’ use of health information.

HIMP 2501

Coding Practicum I

This extramural session provides students with the opportunity to apply health data coding and classification standards using ICD and CCI. Students will analyze and apply coding guidelines in acute care facilities or through simulation at the college.

HIMP 3300

Health Information Systems and Technology

Students are introduced to the field of health information systems and technologies (health informatics) including the infrastructure, clinical and interface terminologies and the resultant clinical communication and information exchange.

HIMP 3310

Health Information Systems I

Students will begin to explore and apply contemporary health data classification systems and terminologies with a specific focus on the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED-CT). Students will gain knowledge of the SNOMED-CT model and how this maps to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to facilitate interoperability and a seamless health information exchange (HIE).

HIMP 3340

Health Data Management I

Students are introduced to health data and information needs across the health care continuum and the integral role and responsibilities of the health information management professional.

HIMP 4400

Risk Management Concepts

Students are introduced to the principles of risk management and the key components of a risk management program in the health care setting. Students will be given the opportunity to utilize tools and strategies to predict, assess and manage risk with a focus on the domains of safety, quality care, privacy and security, documentation and medical errors/incidents.

HIMP 4410

Health Information Systems II

Students will begin to explore components of health information systems (HIS), the salient information and data needs and uses of key stakeholders and methodologies to map this to HIS functionality. Students will apply strategies to determine the information needs of the healthcare team across the care continuum.

HIMP 4420

Healthcare Quality Performance Improvement and Management

Students are introduced to the principles and key components of quality performance management in the health care setting. Students will be given the opportunity to utilize tools and strategies to predict, assess and manage quality performance in alignment with administrative and clinical standards as well as regional, national and international performance indicators.

HIMP 4430

Fundamentals of Health Research and Epidemiology

Students are introduced to the concepts of health research, epidemiology, the methods to detect bias, and how to determine validity and reliability. Included in this will be the opportunity to identify a research question and hypothesis, perform a literature review and complete a critical analysis of findings.

HIMP 4440

Health Data Management II

Students will begin to understand, critique and apply data management strategies to monitor and evaluate health outcomes at the regional/territorial, provincial and national level. In addition, students will develop an applied understanding of health data and information principles, practices and governance.

HIMP 4500

HIM Practicum II

This six week practicum provides the student with an opportunity to consolidate and apply knowledge in a practical setting within the health sector. Students will complete a project to meet the requirements of both the site and content learning area.

HIMP 4501

Coding Practicum II

This practicum provides students with the opportunity to apply health data coding and classification standards using ICD and CCI. Students will analyze and apply coding guidelines in acute care facilities or through simulation at the college.

HIMP 4502

Health Information Management Practicum

Students will translate theory learned in the classroom into practice in the health, government and private sectors. A series of integrative seminars will complement the site experience and allow students the opportunity to critically evaluate their experience in the practical setting.

HIMP 4510

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Students will begin to understand and critique applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare. In addition, students will gain knowledge of the AI framework and how this aligns with health data management principles and practices.

HSCI 1100

Foundations of Health Science

Students will explore foundational issues in health science including how health , illness and disease are defined and measured for individuals and populations. Students will be introduced to research methods used to study the distribution and determinants of illness and disease in human populations.

OADM 1114

Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology

This course is designed to teach the medical language by the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation and pronunciation of words. Anatomy and physiology are included in order to increase the understanding of the medical vocabulary. Terminology will better enable the medical office assistant student to prepare for work in all medical environments including the preparation of the student for medical transcription.

OADM 1151

Medical Administrative Procedures

This course will introduce the student to the administrative skills specifically required to work in a medical office. The use of transcription equipment will be taught and applied. Therapeutic communication skills will be covered along with confidentiality and medical ethics. Professional behaviour will be reinforced throughout this course.

OADM 1206


This course develops and improves touch-typing skills.

OADM 1214

Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology II

This course is designed to further the necessary language skills of the Medical Office Assistant. It includes the circulatory, skeletal, muscular, integumentary, endocrine systems and special senses. The causes, transmission and treatment of diseases of the above systems are discussed. The medical vocabulary and knowledge necessary for the medical office assistant in the speciality areas of oncology, nuclear medicine, radiology, pharmacology and psychiatry are included.

OADM 1240

Business Communications and Procedures

This course is designed to enhance written and oral business communications as they pertain to the office in a global business environment. The effective relay and interpretation of verbal office messages are addressed. Oral communication skills will emphasize interpersonal and small group communication. Composition of business messages for transmission by conventional and electronic methods is a major objective of the course.

OADM 1244

General Office Skills

This course introduces students to the role of the office professional and human relations. It covers general office procedures such as effective telephone techniques, appointment booking, mail handling, ergonomics, office supply orders, inventories, organization, paper and electronic filing, bank reconciliations and handling petty cash. Students will become certified in WHMIS.

OADM 1246

Computer Applications I

This course is a "hands-on" computer course. The students will develop a basic working knowledge of computers with emphasis on the operating system interface, word processing, spreadsheet, and email software. Students will apply the knowledge and use of these tools to solve problems encountered in an office environment. Students will be expected to integrate their learning and to incorporate the use of these tools in the production of professional documents that adhere to workplace standards.

OADM 1265

Electronic Medical Records and Medical Billing Procedures

This course is designed to introduce the student to hands-on electronic medical records and electronic medical billing procedures. The student will be given an overview of electronic medical records with an emphasis on privacy, confidentiality and security. The student will learn how to manage a variety of administrative components of electronic medical records. The student will be introduced to all facets of medical billing using at least one medical billing software program.

OADM 1325

Clinical Office Procedures

This course is designed to enable the Medical Office Assistant to perform basic clinical procedures including the use and management of medical equipment. The student will perform basic laboratory tests and assist the physician with specific examinations and procedures. Emphasis is placed on establishing and maintaining medical and surgical asepsis.

OADM 1410

Career Development

This final semester course for Office Administration students is designed to provide students the foundation career planning knowledge and skills necessary for continued success in their administrative career path. Students will self-assess their skills, wants, personality, and short-term and long-term goals to determine their workplace fit and career plans. The course will cover relevant provincial employment legislation, employee rights and obligations, and differences between collective bargaining and non-collective bargaining workplaces. Students will apply the tools and techniques used in the job application process, and will define, quantify and compare the value of benefits in compensation packages. Students will learn techniques and strategies for preparing for performance reviews, determining salary expectations, and negotiating wage increases. During this course, students will apply job search techniques to searching for a practicum placement. NOTE: STUDENTS MUST TAKE THIS COURSE DURING THE SEMESTER BEFORE THEY INTEND TO COMPLETE THEIR OFFICE PRACTICUM.

OADM 1411

Office Practicum

This course enables students, during a three-week practicum, to apply and develop knowledge and skills in an office environment specific to the chosen Office Administration field. The student will maintain a journal and present a report to peers and faculty.