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Professional Practice in Health Information Management

Course Code: HIMP 2230
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 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.

Course Content

In this course the learner will explore:

  • Current issues and trends in the regional, national and global health care systems and the involvement of the health information management profession
  • The roles and responsibilities of the health information management professional as they relate to the Canadian health information management lifecycle
  • The structure and role of the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA)
  • Ethical issues relating to health, health information and the application of the CHIMA Code of Ethics

Methods of Instruction

Students will learn principles and practices in health information management through a combination of lecture, experiential learning and independent study.  Some or all of the following methods will be used:

  • lecture/discussion
  • group work
  • group discussions and exercises
  • independent research
  • quizzes
  • instructor feedback on students' work
  • 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 as it relates to current issues and trends of the health care system
  • Evaluate strategies integral to health information management planning
  • Analyze principles pertaining to health information access, use and disclosure and apply relevant health legislation
  • Design an organizational information model, and establish data, content and documentation standards
  • Compose policies and procedures that determine the access, use and disclosure of health data in compliance with Canadian health law
  • Devise a model for the maintenance, retention and protection of health information
  • Design a strategy for health information disposition and destruction
  • Construct a health information management lifecycle evaluation framework and determine appropriate metrics to be utilized at each stage of health information management

course prerequisites

HIMP 2100, HIMP 2110, HIMP 2140, BIOL 2200

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.