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Information & Data Management along the Care Continuum

Course Code: HIMP 3340
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 health data and information needs across the health care continuum and the integral role and responsibilities of the health information management professional.

Course Content

In this course the learner will explore:

  • Health data concepts and information governance   
  • The major users of health care data  
  • The steps in the decision-making process with a focus on data collection  
  • Health data needs across the health care continuum  
  • The public and private sector use of health care data  
  • The fundamental concepts of health informatics including data, knowledge and information  
  • The formulation of data dictionaries in compliance with data standards for health information systems  
  • The data governance and benefits to the health sector  
  • The health information exchange: framework, governance and application to health data and information
  • Privacy controls for access, use and disclosure of health data and information  

Methods of Instruction

Students will learn principles and practices of information and data management along the care continuum through a combination of  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:

  • Identify salient health data and information needs across the health care continuum  
  • Describe how public and private organizations use health care data to assess costs, quality and patient outcomes  
  • Discuss the the methods used to formualte a data dictionary  
  • Discuss the concept of data governance and the benefits it provides to health care organizations  
  • Identify health information exchanges and public health population-based data   
  • Outline the uses of data and information.  Outline the related privacy controls for access, use and disclosure  

course prerequisites

HIMP 2230, HIMP 2210, HIMP 2240, CSIS 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.