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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HIM6017
Tracking Number - 2478

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-09-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: To GC 4/4/11; approved 4/18/11; to USF System for concurrence 5/3/11; for submission to SCNS 5/11/11. Approved (Effective 5/1/11)

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-02-25
  2. Department: Dean's Office
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 0-6108-000
  5. Contact Person: Michael J. Barber, D.Phil.
  6. Phone: 813 974 9908
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: HIM
  9. Number: 6017
  10. Full Title: Legal Aspects of Health Information Management
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Legal Aspects of HI Management
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: HIM 6118
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course provides an in-depth discussion of selected law and regulatory issues that are applicable to the management of patient information in health informatics.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Health informatics represents an evolving and very popular topic in the biomedical sciences and healthcare field that deals with the collection, storage, retrieval, communication and optimal use of health-related data, information and knowledge. The discipline combines the methodologies of medical sciences and information technology. This course focuses on the application of the principles of law and other regulatory issues to the management of healthcare information.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) All instructors will possess PhD or MD degrees and have experience in information technology and management and the application to healthcare
  29. Objectives: The course objectives include the following subject areas: Examining how the american legal system is organized

    identifying different legal principles that relate to the management of health information

    Defining the legal responsibilities of health information officers

    Discussing the archiving and security of patient information

    Defining who has access to patient information.

    Legal aspects of human resources in relation to health information management

    Discussing how health informatics aims to study the principles of restricted IT access and provide solutions. • Examine how the use of health informatics as a discipline is legally used by pharmacists, clinicians, nurse practitioners, academics, educators and technologists.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will be able to:

    Discuss the components and workings of the American legal system.

    Discuss the various court systems and legal procedures relevant to health informatics, including e-discovery.

    Review the judicial process of health informatics, including discovery requests.

    Discuss the principles of liability, including intentional and non-intentional torts and defenses to lawsuits.

    Compare and contrast various decision making strategies and challenges from both legal and ethical perspectives.

    Summarize both legal and ethical issues central to health information management including the control and use of patient-specific health information.

    Discuss the legal aspects of patient record requirements, including use, content, retention and destruction requirements.

    Discuss the topics of confidentiality and informed consent, focusing on both theory and application.

    Review access to health information, including ownership of health information and management of the various parties requesting access to that information.

    Discuss specialized patient records and the collection and use of genetic information.

    Review the concepts of risk, quality and utilization management, addressing general principles and applications.

    Discuss information systems with a focus on the legal health record and HIPAA regulations.

    Discuss healthcare fraud and abuse, including the applicable laws and the necessity for compliance programs.

    Review the role of law and ethics in the workplace, including employee rights, discrimination and workplace protections.

  31. Major Topics: Major course topics include:














  32. Textbooks: “Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information Management”. McWay, D.C., 3rd Ed., Delmar (2010)

    ISBN-13: 978-435483309

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Additional and appropriate course readings will be identified and posted on Blackboard.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 2 unit reports (research papers) 10% each

    Comprehensive midterm exam 35%

    Comprehensive final exam 45%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The course requires completion of:

    13 unit quizzes (self-assessment)

    2 Unit reports (research papers)

    Comprehensive midterm exam

    Comprehensive final exam

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: For documented student absences, such as for illness, students will be allowed to make up any missing reports. Students will be required to abide by USF policy on academic integrity described in course syllabus.
  38. Program This Course Supports: M.S. in Medical Sciences: Health Informatics concentration
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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