Overview Objective Materials grading Exam ELI Policies and Procedures Contacting the Instructor Beginning the Course
HIM 220 : Health Statistics - 2 Credits
Professor:  David Munch


HIM 220 will introduce you to the basic statistical principles as they are applied in the health care environment. Collecting, aggregating and reporting data as well as primary and secondary data sources will be covered.

Class meetings occur on Tuesday evenings using eNOVA, the online virtual classroom. You may use any computer that has a microphone and speakers.




If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between primary and secondary data
  • Identify the internal and external users of data
  • Understand how statistics are used in healthcare
  • Compute various statistical procedures
  • Differentiate between descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Display healthcare data using tables, charts and graphs
  • Define hospital related statistical terms




Your course grade will be determined by the assignments and exams, according to the following points:

Percentage of Grade
Weekly Assignments
4 Exams

Grading Scale
82 - 91
72 - 81
62 - 71



There are four online exams. Exams are to be completed by 5pm of the week they are due.  You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

For Testing Center locations, hours of operation and policies, click here.

For information on taking exams outside of the metropolitan area, click here.


ELI Policies and Procedures

  This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.

Contacting the Instructor


I am here to help you succeed in this course. Occasionally questions or problems may arise. Here is how to contact me when they do:

E-mail : dmunch@nvcc.edu,
Telephone : ( 703)


Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard at http://learn.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.