This course will introduce statistical principles, methods and formulas to the health information management (HIM) students that are essential to the professional. Students will become familiar with the definitions of various healthcare statistics; the use of data for financial, clinical, and quality management activities; recognize the importance of accuracy and validity of data and outcomes; use computerized and manual methods of computing and presenting statistical data; and examine regulatory, accreditation, and vital statistics reporting. (3 credits)
Note: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate competencies with the appropriate AHIMA/CAHIIM skill and knowledge levels outlined in Domains IA, II, IIIA, and VA (2012).
This course meets certain CAHIIM competencies for HIM Majors.
- MAT 105: Statistics
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose and application of statistics in the healthcare delivery, including health information management department.
- Formulate statistical computations (including using computer software) and display statistical information in graphs, tables, displays, and/or charts.
- Illustrate understanding of how data and statics are used to monitor utilization and quality of care.
- Compile data and analyze statistical reports to evaluate compliance with organizational policies, state and federal laws and regulations, certification, and/or accreditation standards, etc.
- Describe research principles and methodologies including the role, processes, and policies of the Institutional Research Board (IRB).
- Use knowledge-based resources to conduct statistical research and evaluate healthcare data.
- Examine external sources of healthcare data to report, benchmark, and/or analyze healthcare data.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussion (Weeks 1-8)
Written Exercises (Weeks 1, 3, 5 & 7)
Quizzes (Weeks 2, 4 & 6)
Final Exam (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Horton, Loretta A. Calculating and Reporting Healthcare Statistics. 5th ed. Chicago, IL: American Health Information Management Association, 2016. ISBN-10: 1-58426-480-2 or ISBN-13: 978-1-58426-480-4
- Oachs, P. and A. Watters. Health Information Management Concepts, Principles and Practice. 5th ed. Chicago, IL: American Health Information Management Association, 2016. ISBN-13: 9781584264897
Note: This textbook is used in several HIM courses and should be saved for preparation for the RHIA exam.
Additional Required Materials (Not available through bookstore):
- Microsoft Office Professional (Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel) or Microsoft Office University (Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel). Note: University version will require proof that software is being used for academic purposes.
- Calculator - scientific or graphing calculator preferred
Readings and Exercises
Topics: Introduction to Statistics, Mathematical Review & Displaying Data
Topic: Healthcare Measures and Data Analytics
Topics: Populations, Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
Topic: Hospital Statistics
Topics: Mortality and Morbidity Statistics
Topics: Quality of Care and Medical Research
Topic: Statistics in the Health Information Management Department
Topics: Conclusion and Final Exam
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.