Nilgun Sezginis



  • Nilgün Sezginiş, Ph.D., MPH, RHIA, CCS-P

    Senior Lecturer & HIA Program Director

    AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

    Educational background:

    Ph.D. in Health Education from University of Toledo

    Master of Public Health in Public Health Administration from University of Toledo College of Medicine and Bowling Green State University (Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health)

    Post Baccalaureate Certificate-Health Information from University of Toledo

    BS in Healthcare Management from Franklin University

    AAS in Health Information Management (HIM) from Owens CC


    Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)

    Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT)

    Certified Coding Specialist (CCS-P) through AHIMA

    AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

    Positions and Employment:

    2011 (August) to present Lecturer/Associate Lecturer, School of Population Health (formerly known as Health Professions Department) University of Toledo

    2013 (March) to present Board of Health Member, Wood County Health District

    2011 (June-August) Trauma Research Coordinator ProMedica Toledo Hospital

    2009 to 2011 (June) Corporate Compliance Auditor, ProMedica Health System (PHS) Corporate Audit &

    Compliance Services Department

    2007 to 2011(July) Part-time faculty member at the University of Toledo

    2008 to 2009 Adjunct Faculty Mercy College of Northwest Ohio

    2004 to 2008 Adjunct Faculty Owens Community College

    2001 to 2009 Coding Specialist Bay Park Community Hospital/PHS

    2006 to 2007 Documentation Improvement Specialist University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC)

    1997 to 2001 Auditing/Billing Specialist Mercy Health Partners/Mercy Medical Group

    Other Experiences:

    Fall 2008:             Internship at Wood County Health District

    Spring 2005:       Professional Practice at St. Vincent Mercy Trauma Registry

    Fall 2003:             Professional Practice Experience Electronic Health Record System at Toledo Hospital

    Summer 2003:   Professional Practice at Heartland of Perrysburg Nursing and Rehab 

    Honors & Awards:

    2014 The University of Toledo, College of Health Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching

    2011 Distinguished Service Award, Health Information Administration, Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Services, University of Toledo

    2009 and 2018 Distinguished Member Award, NWOHIMA

    2002 AHIMA FORE Merit Scholarship recipient

    Member of Phi Theta Kappa Society

    Franklin University Community College Scholarship recipient

    Bowling Green State University Tuition Scholarship recipient

    Relevant Teaching Experience Online and Face-to-Face:

    HEAL 1800: Medical Terminology (online)

    HEAL 2700: Introduction to Public Health (face-to-face)

    HIM 2210: Med Ling-Ancillary Services (online)

    HIM 2300: Healthcare Resource, Payer, Consumers (online)

    HIM 2310: Acute Care Clinical Classification Systems and Services (online)

    HIM 2320: Ambulatory Care Classification Systems and Services (online)

    HIM 3230: Healthcare Documentation Requirements (online)

    HIM 2350: Reimbursement Methodologies (online)

    HIM 4240: Topics in HIM: Professional Domains (online)

    HIM 4910: Integrative Capstone Experience (online)

    HIM 2260: Legal Issues in Health Information Management (online)

    HIM 4230: Compliance and Ethical Issues in Healthcare (online)

    HIM 4940: Professional Practice Experience (online)

    HIM Lab:  On-campus Tutoring

    Health Information Statistics (face-to-face)

    Ambulatory Care Settings (face-to-face)

    Professional Practices (face-to-face)

    Introduction to Health Information Management (face-to-face)

    Medical Office Billing and Reimbursement (face-to-face)

    Medical Office Coding, Medical Terminology (face-to-face)


    Singh, S., Evans, n., Williams, M., Sezginis, N & Baryeh, N. (2017): Influences of Socio-Demographic Factors and Health Utilization Factors on Patient-Centered Provider Communication, Health Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1322481,

    Combs, T., Endicott, M., Kravtsova, M., Mogbo, C., & Sezginis, N. (2017). Practice Brief: Impact of physician engagement on Clinical Documentation Improvement programs. Journal of AHIMA, July 2017, pp.42-45.

    Boyle, G., Combs, T., Endicott, M., Ewoterai, O., Kravtsova, M., Lo, W., & Sezginis, N. (2017): Proceedings of AHIMA’s 2017 Summit on Clinical Documentation Improvement: Advancing the Documentation Journey, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation, Perspectives in Health Information Management,

    Sezginis, N. (2016): Older Americans’ Need to Access to Dental Health Services, American Public Health Association (APHA) 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo, Denver. APHA 2016 Annual Meeting Poster Presentation

    Williams, M., Sezginis, N., Baryeh, N., & Singh, s. (2017): Influences of socio-demographic factors and healthcare utilization factors on patient-centered provider communication, American Public Health Association (APHA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta. APHA 2017 ANNUAL MEETING ORAL Presentation

    Sezginis, N. (2017): Association between oral health knowledge and oral hygiene behavior in school-aged children, American Public Health Association (APHA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta. APHA 2017 ANNUAL MEETING POSTER PRESENTATION

    Singh, S., Saltzman, B., Sezginis, N., Melendez, K., Headley, S. (2018): Impact of perceived public and personal stigma of mental illness on help-seeking behavior for mental health services among college students, American Public Health Association (APHA) 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo, San Diego. APHA 2018 ANNUAL MEETING ORAL Presentation

    Sezginis, N. (2018): Evaluation of breastfeeding promotion program for low-income women in Wood County, Ohio, American Public Health Association (APHA) 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo, San Diego. APHA 2018 ANNUAL MEETING POSTER PRESENTATION


    • The University of Toledo Social-Behavioral-Education Internal Review Board (SBE-IRB) member and chair-designee: 2013-present
    • The Ohio Department of Higher Education, Transfer Assurance Guidance (TAG) Faculty Review Panel member: 2017-present
    • The Health Information Administration Program Advisory Board, University of Toledo: 2008-present
    • Served as a judge for the area and state high school health education/public health competitions: 2016, 2017, and 2018


    • Wood County Board of Health Member

    Appointed by the District Advisory Council in March 2013 and later on by the Mayor of Northwood, OH (March 2013-present)

    • The Health Information Technology Program Advisory Board, Terra Community College: 2016-present
    • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

          AHIMA Mentor (2014-present)

          Clinical Documentation Improvement Task Force (January 1, 2017-present)

    Clinical Documentation Improvement Summit 2017 Program Committee Member

    Research Project for Coding and Auditing Professionals (January 2019-present)

    • Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA)

    OHIMA Awards Selection Committee: 2017-2018

    • Northwest Ohio Health Information Management Association (NWOHIMA)

    Treasurer: 2006-2009

    Data Quality Reimbursement Counsel (DQRC) Representative: 2003-2005

    Director of Alliances: 2003-2004 


    Subject Matter Expert/Technical Writer:

    • Developed and reviewed test items for the national Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam and the national and international Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist exams as a technical writer and reviewed test items as the subject matter expert
    • Wrote assessment questions for an end-of-course pharmacology assessment in a Healthcare Informatics academic program as a Subject Matter Expert, Healthcare/Pharmacology Assessment, CompTIA Exam Services (Examplify)
    • Wrote online ICD-10-CM/PCS actives and exercises for Pearson Education as the Subject Matter Expert for a MyMedicalCodingLab
    • Developed 2,250 question and answer sets for 30 chapters
    • Developed 150 mini medical record exercises
    • Developed 10 capstone activities and supporting documents to be utilized by the students

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