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Health Information Management Principles and Practices

Course Code: HIMP 2100
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

Course Content

In this course, the learner will:

  • Explore the stages of the Canadian Health Information Management Lifecycle, focus on the roles and responsibilities of the HIM professional and the HIM department, and focus on the health sector as a whole
  • Explore the governance of health information management including: enterprise information management governance, information governance, data governance, information technology governance and electronic health record governance.  These concepts will be addressed within the framework of the health information management lifecycle.  
  • Explore the organization of the health information management plan, including information models, the classification system framework and clinical document architecture.  Students will be introduced to data sets, data dictionaries and the associated data standards and guidelines.  Integrated with information organization are content and documentation standards.
  • Access, use and disclose health information, and explore the primary and secondary uses of information and privacy controls.
  • Explore the relevant governance principles for the maintenance, retention and protection of health data and information.  This stage includes:  record linkage, standardized chart format, form and content management, record completion, data quality audits, primary, secondary and transitory documents and other key concepts that are related to stage 5 of the HIM lifecycle
  • Explore the disposition and destruction process of health data and information including policies, procedures and legal requirements

Methods of Instruction

Some or all of the following methods of instruction will be used:

  • lecture/discussion
  • quizzes
  • group work
  • peer review
  • independent research
  • individual consultation
  • presentation (individual or group)

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with the Douglas College evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.  This is a graded course.  All assignments must be completed to pass the course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, successful learners will be able to:

  • Apply the stages of the health information management lifecycle  
  • Demonstrate health information management planning, including governance and accountability frameworks
  • Illustrate data collection, capture and receipt principles, including health data governance, standards and quality components
  • Outline the organization of health information management
  • Demonstrate access, use and disclosure of health information
  • Use maintenance, retention and protection of health information
  • Apply the disposition and destruction of health information
  • Analyze the effectiveness of the stages of the health information management lifecycle
  • Use electronic health record applications to support each learning content area

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.