Coppin State University (CSU) will become the sixth institution offering programs at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) when it brings its bachelor of science in health information management (HIM) program to the center this fall.

A program announcement and reception was held on May 30 in the USMH lobby. Dr. Marcella Copes, dean of Coppin State’s College of Health Professions, provided opening remarks and Mrs. Mona Calhoun, professor and coordinator for the program at USMH, provided details of the program. Mr. Joe Ross, president and CEO of Meritus Health, discussed the program’s potential impact on the local healthcare industry.

Following the announcement and remarks, Mrs. Calhoun and Mr. Billy Best, director of Student Affairs and Retention for the College of Health Professions met with prospective students in the USMH lobby.

HIM is the profession that provides reliable and valid information that drives the healthcare industry. Professionals in this field are specialists in administering information systems and transitioning to electronic records systems, managing patient data, coding information for reimbursement and research for various healthcare settings. In addition, they ensure health information is complete and available to legitimate users, code and classify data for reimbursement, analyze information necessary for decision support, protect patient privacy, provide information security, and enhance the quality and uses for data within health information computer systems.

Students graduating from this program will be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

The program will be delivered through a variety of methods including traditional classes held at USMH, blended courses comprising both in-class and online delivery and online classes.