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HITT 1106 - Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Information Technology

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: Admission into the Health Information Technology Program; HHSC 1700 , ITCS 1010 , and HHSC 1740  all with grade C or better

Corequisites: HITT 1102  and HITT 1105 


(formerly HITT 1103)

This course covers legal and accreditation issues in health information management, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); confidentiality and the right to privacy; the legislative process; the local, state, and federal court systems; legal vocabulary; retention directions; and ethical issues in health care and health information management.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

When Offered: Fall semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to interpret health record documentation requirements (such as accreditation, certification, licensure).


  1. Apply current laws, accreditation, licensure, and certification standards related to health information initiatives from the national, state, local, and facility levels.
  2. Participate in the implementation of legal and regulatory requirements related to the health information infrastructure.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify health record monitoring and compliance reporting requirements.


  1. Apply policies and procedures to ensure organizational compliance with regulations and standards.
  2. Apply procedures to ensure organizational compliance with regulation and standards.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to assess healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal and ethical issues.


  1. Apply policies and procedures for access and disclosure of personal health information.
  2. Evaluate release of patient-specific data to authorized users.
  3. Investigate and recommend solutions to privacy issues/problems.
  4. Apply and promote ethical standards of practice.
  5. Apply confidentiality and security measures to protect electronic health information.
  6. Comprehend legislative and regulatory process.
  7. Develop a skilled use of legal terminology.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  1. Introduction to the Fundamentals of Law for Health Informatics
  2. Law and Ethics
  3. Legal Proceedings
  4. Evidence
  5. Tort Law
  6. Corporations, Contracts, and Antitrust Legal Issues
  7. Consent to Treatment
  8. The Legal Health Record
  9. HIPAA Privacy Rule
  10. HIPAA Security Rule
  11. Security Threats and Controls
  12. Patient Rights and Responsibilities
  13. Access, Use, and Disclosure and Release of Health Information
  14. Required Reporting and Mandatory Disclosure Laws
  15. Risk Management and Quality Improvement
  16. Corporate Compliance

Primary Faculty
Cellitti, Janet
Secondary Faculty
Dunsmore, Kristin
Associate Dean
Primeau, Paula
Mirijanian, Narine

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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