Rutgers SHP - RG admin
Department of Health Informatics
Health Information Management
BINF4220 - Research Concepts for HIM
Course Description
This is an introduction to independent research and involves the development and implementation of a health information-related research project, including the selection of appropriate research design and methodologies and analysis of findings using parametric and non-parametric testing. Topic areas covered in the course include: research designs and methodologies in multiple disciplines, identification of research problems, development of appropriate research questions and hypotheses, definition and measurement of variables, sampling techniques, and data collection techniques.
Credits/Modes of Instruction
Credits:  3
This course is fully online. To access the course, please visit For more information about course access or support, contact the Canvas Help Desk via email at or call 877-361-1134.
Modes of Instruction may include:
Lecture presented as MS PowerPoint Presentations
Discussion Forums
Textbook activities
Synchronous conferencing via available system (i.e. Zoom, Adobe Connect, Skype)
Completion of IDST 3510 Principles of Scientific Inquiry and all 3000-level HIM required courses.
Course Goals and Outcomes:
The purpose of this course is to expose the student to the rewards and possibilities of health information research, allowing them to master the subject matter, improve their writing skills, hone their literature review skills, and develop critical thinking skills.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Identify realistic and noteworthy research topics in the health information field.
Utilize up-to-date research library, Internet, and health information-related professional sources to plan efficiently literature reviews and primary source reviews.
Identify a health information-related research topic.
For the topic selected, state a problem, hypothesis, and null hypothesis.
Define and use each measures of central tendency, variance and symmetry as they relate to health data.
Plan the measurement for reliability and validation of the hypothesis variables.
Prepare a proposal, using appropriate research design and methodology, to study the stated problem and hypothesis.
Develop and implement data collection tools, such as: questionnaires, interviews, observation sessions, and database queries to gather data relevant to the hypothesis.
Gather data relevant to the hypothesis.