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Susan T. Helbig
HIHIM 455
Seattle Campus

Professionalism and Leadership

Professional development, leadership assessment and ethics, interpersonal skills and effective communication, and human resource management requirements.

Class description

This course covers leadership skills, an introduction to human resource management, behavioral problem solving, learning from conflict, ethical decision making, a professional mentorship experience and developing a professional portfolio.

Student learning goals

Compare and contrast traditional and non-traditional leadership roles through experiential activities and interactive dialogue with other students, HIM mentors and guest panelists

Identify and explain human resources management (HRM) responsibilities of an HRM department and of all managers in a health care organization

Practice problem-solving and decision-making skills and techniques using behavioral management scenarios with integrated discussion.

Successfully participate in a structured professional HIM Mentorship Program.

Design and develop professional tools and documentation that presents professional career goals and pathways for self and others.

Recognize the difference between change management and transition management to prepare self to deal with work and personal endings and beginnings

General method of instruction

Readings, lectures and experiential group class exercises and discussions in 90% of the classes.

Recommended preparation

Prerequisites are found on the HIHIM web site.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments include contacting assigned mentor and setting up structured meetings; creating a professional portfolio; completing individual problem solving work assignments; reading a book on leadership practices and completing all of the exercises; coming to class and participating in group discussions and experiential activities.

Grades are based on successful class participation, the quality and timeliness of five individual written assignments/products and three quizzes.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Susan T. Helbig
Date: 03/26/2013