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    Why UIC?

    UIC
    is the
    premier provider of education for
    Health Informatics and
    Health Information Management professionals.

    Home to the nation’s largest medical school with all of the health science disciplines located on one campus, the University of Illinois at Chicago sets the standard for excellence in the fields of health informatics and health information management. Our world-renowned faculty, rigorous academic programs and unparalleled commitment to research set us apart as one of the leading authorities on health informatics education.

    Why UIC

    Actively Shaping the Future of Healthcare

    The University of Illinois at Chicago delivers some of the most innovative and comprehensive Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs in the country. We offer a full suite of healthcare IT degrees 100 percent online, including:

    • Master of Science in Health Informatics
    • Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics
    • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management
    • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

    Designed to provide a transformative learning experience that combines academic theory with real-world application, these dynamic programs impart the technical knowledge and professional acumen necessary to help you successfully navigate today’s increasingly complex electronic health environment.

    Whether you’re new to the field or an established practitioner, our advanced degree and certificate programs can prepare you to make an immediate impact within your organization and play a vital role in the evolution of the healthcare industry as a whole.

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    As a student at UIC, you can expect to be immersed in a learning environment that is…

    Recognized.

    Study in one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious academic programs, acknowledged by industry practitioners and professional associations as being a leader in health informatics education.

    Respected.

    Receive world-class instruction and expert guidance from our renowned faculty of distinguished industry practitioners.

    Accredited.

    Graduate from the first online master’s program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

    Engaging.

    Experience a high level of interaction through group collaboration with your student peers and professors, and learn how to become an innovative leader ready to help revolutionize the healthcare industry.

    Connected.

    Gain immediate and unprecedented access to UIC’s illustrious faculty, advanced online curricula, elite network of industry-experienced alumni and extensive system of academic support services.

    Specialized.

    Benefit from our robust selection of interdisciplinary programs and tailor your educational experience to meet your specific personal and professional goals.

    Focused.

    Develop the core competencies necessary to facilitate organizational change and thrive as a leader in today’s American healthcare system.

    Discover Our Programs

    Health Informatics vs Health Information Management

    Applied Technology


    Research to realize the value of HIT


    Definition: The intersection of IT, computer science and healthcare; the science of defining how health information is captured and utilized for the advancement of medicine


    Responsibilities: Design, develop, implement, evaluate, assimilate into operations, analyze patient data information systems and processes, conduct research using patient care data


    Core concepts: Organizational change leadership, strategic planning, project management, database design, programming, data mining and analysis, comprehensive reporting


    Opportunities: Director of clinical informatics, healthcare chief information officer, health information systems manager, database analyst/administrator, systems analyst, consultant, supplier, systems implementation specialist, data research specialist

    Health Records and Data


    Definition: The practice of acquiring, organizing and managing a patient’s personal medical information for use in hospitals and healthcare organizations to enable quality care


    Responsibilities: Collect, input and ensure accuracy of individual patient data


    Core concepts: Health records management, coding, data analysis


    Opportunities: Compliance officer, privacy manager, data quality manager, health information management director, coding supervisor, project manager, revenue cycle manager

    Choose Your Path to Success

    By enrolling in our CAHIIM-accredited Master of Science in Health Informatics, Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in HIM (RHIA) or Bachelor of Science in HIM (RHIA), you can increase your potential for career advancement, help transform the use of healthcare information and improve the overall quality of patient care.

    Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI)

    Built on the Business School model, the online Master of Science in Health Informatics program at UIC offers an advanced education designed to provide you with the technical knowledge, real-world experience and leadership skills to improve access to health data, define the processes that are revolutionizing the healthcare industry and advance the overall delivery of patient care around the world. Through completion of this 100 percent online, comprehensive degree program, you can gain a fresh perspective on the dynamic role health information technology will play in the future of the healthcare industry as a whole. Graduates of this program are poised to lead their respective organizations in the development and implementation of health informatics strategies to improve patient care and ensure access to information.

    To learn more about earning your Master of Science in Health Informatics, click here.

    Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics (PMC HI)

    The perfect complement to your master’s degree, the completely online Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics offers an in-depth synopsis of the ever-expanding field of health informatics. Expertly designed to equip you with the leadership and change management skills important to thriving within the industry, this seven-course certificate program will give you the opportunity to learn how to use medical information and technology to improve patient care and create better, more efficient healthcare information systems. By learning how to collect, organize, and analyze medical information and electronic health records, you can help improve patient care and revolutionize the future of healthcare around the world.

    To learn more about earning your Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics, click here.

    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (PBC HIM)

    The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management is specifically designed to expand on your bachelor’s degree education and develop your expertise in the field of health information management. The thought-provoking coursework imparts a solid foundation of knowledge in the methods for using technology to collect, record and analyze healthcare data and prepares you to become an influential leader today’s healthcare system. This 13-course certificate program, offered completely online, also allows experienced professionals to become eligible for the highly valued Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Certification.

    To learn more about earning your Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management, click here.

    Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BS HIM)

    Based on our traditional bachelor’s program, UIC’s online HIM program was designed to prepare graduates to take the prestigious Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam. This dynamic degree program provides skilled instruction in the management and use of information and information systems for healthcare planning and provision, resource allocation, and executive decision making. As you work your way through the challenging curriculum presented 100 percent online, you will also explore essential topics, such as coding, systems analysis, data quality management and health information research.

    To learn more about earning your Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, click here.

    An Industry-Defining Program

    Shaping Tomorrow’s Technology, Today

    Throughout the years, advancements in technology and improvements to healthcare delivery methods have increased the need for more sophisticated IT systems to support data-driven decision making in clinical, administrative, regulatory and other healthcare decision contexts. The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a suite of health informatics and health information management degree programs that are designed to take a comprehensive look at the integration of information technology into all aspects of the patient experience, including clinical care, nursing, pharmacy and billing.

    Our programs focus on the implementation and optimization of the information systems that support clinical practice, as well as the infrastructure that connects and enables the flow of critical information at each touch point in a patient’s care.

    As demand for these systems increases, so does the need for qualified individuals who can help define the future of health information technology in the quest to improve the overall quality of patient care. The continuum of our online degree programs enable professionals from various backgrounds to acquire the skills necessary to either advance an existing career or make a successful transition into this dynamic industry.

    Setting the Standard

    Creating the Benchmarks that Define an Industry

    UIC is nationally recognized as a multi-disciplinary community of health science scholars, educators and students. We are one of the few universities in the country to house each of the seven medical disciplines on campus, including America’s largest medical school, one of the country’s premier nursing colleges, and highly acclaimed colleges of dentistry, pharmacy, applied health and public health.

    As one of the country’s leading research institutions, UIC has a long-standing history of producing highly skilled graduates who are in the top echelon of their profession. Many of the UIC health science graduates have gone on to become leaders in their field, including in health informatics and health information management.

    Our History

    Getting to Know UIC

    UIC’s rich history can be traced back to several private, Chicago-based health colleges founded during the mid-nineteenth century. In 1913, these colleges incorporated with the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign as the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. By 1961, these same institutions, along with several others, ultimately combined to form the University of Illinois at the Medical Center (UIMC).

    Medical education and research dramatically expanded following the end of World War II. The University of Illinois Navy Pier campus was opened to accommodate returning veterans and immigrants who wished to receive a college education. The campus moved in February of 1965 and was renamed the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle (UICC). Attracted to the university’s strong connection to research, the newly recruited faculty promoted the rapid development of graduate-level instruction, and within five years virtually every department offered master’s programs.

    In 1982, the Medical Center and Circle Campus consolidated to form the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). This merger strengthened the University’s potential for scholarly excellence and pushed UIC to Carnegie Research 1 institution status in 1987.

    In 1990, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services granted UIC $325,000 to develop a model graduate curriculum in health informatics and health information management that would meet the needs of the ever-changing healthcare information industry. By 1992, UIC launched the first formally approved, industry-based health informatics curriculum in the country. In 1997, UIC’s program in health informatics began to transform its traditional face-to-face format to a more interactive, online format that would address the needs of UIC’s working professional student population segment. UIC has been offering certificate programs and a master of science program since 1999. These programs were officially approved for delivery in a fully online format in the fall of 2005.

    Our Reputation

    Programs That Command Respect

    Throughout our history, UIC has served as a pioneer in developing new models for higher education. As a nationally recognized urban research university, we are known for consistently preparing highly skilled graduates who are actively advancing the quality of patient care and operating as leaders at the forefront of the health informatics industry.

    As a student, you will have the unique opportunity to learn from one of the most respected schools and programs in the healthcare industry. As a result, your degree in health informatics or health information management from UIC will command the highest level of respect within the healthcare industry.

    The Firsts

    Leading the Evolution

    At UIC, we are committed to providing you with only the highest quality academic experience. As one of the first universities in the country to offer significant course content using an asynchronous learning model, we have paved the way for health informatics and health information management education.

    1st online Health Informatics graduate program accredited by CAHIIM

    1st program to focus on the social and organizational issues affecting
    healthcare IT

    Our accreditation status reflects both the overall quality of our programs, as well as our ability to successfully deliver an advanced curriculum in a dynamic online format. We are proud to be recognized as a leader in health informatics and health information management education.

    Accreditation

    Committed to Quality and Chosen for Excellence

    Our program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). UIC is also regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Read More…

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

    The University of Illinois at Chicago Master of Science in Health Informatics program was the first online graduate program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management and the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management are also accredited by CAHIIM.

    As a result, your degree or certificate from the UIC health informatics or health information management program will command the highest degree of respect within the healthcare information industry.

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL, 60602-2504, Phone: 1-312-236-0456, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

    The Higher Learning Commision CAHIM

    Rankings

    Ranked Among the Best

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is an established leader in higher education. According to U.S. News & World Report, UIC is one of the most diverse and affordable universities in the nation, and we rank in the top four percent of 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. Additionally, we are considered a “Best Buy,” according to Barron’s Best Buys in College Education.

    The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UIC as an institution with “Very High Research Activity,” a distinction that is shared by only 96 colleges and universities throughout the United States. We are also consistently listed among the top 50 federally funded research institutions, and we are ranked #3 in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.

    In addition, the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program is rated in the top 20 online undergraduate programs for 2013 by U.S. News & World Report.

    The Higher Learning Commision

    Committing to Excellence

    A Rich Tradition of Excellence

    As one of the top 50 research universities in the country, it is no surprise that UIC is home to a highly distinguished and world-renowned faculty, as well as an extremely accomplished and driven student base. We view online learning as an opportunity to continue down the path of academic excellence, and we are dedicated to providing the highest level of instruction in health informatics and health information management education.

    Rigor of Program

    Rise to the Challenge

    At UIC, we utilize the latest and most effective e-learning technology to fully immerse and engage you in your online program. We strive to provide you with a first-rate educational experience that is specifically designed to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

    Our renowned instructors continuously endeavor to tailor the program to meet the current demands and practices of the industry at large, and they are determined to impart the skills and knowledge critical to becoming a leader in the fields of health informatics or health information management.

    Quality of Curriculum

    Benefit from Compelling Coursework

    Our comprehensive curricula are specifically designed to provide you with the analytical and managerial expertise so highly coveted in the rapidly expanding field of healthcare IT. Diverse, thought-provoking courses incorporate the very latest ideas, techniques and systems, allowing you to thrive in a technology-based and information-driven healthcare environment.

    Routinely updated by our industry-experienced faculty to reflect relevant trends and current practices, the curriculum brilliantly combines academic theory with real world experience and practical skill application.

    Meet the Faculty

    Learn From the Best to Become the Best

    Comprised of distinguished practitioners who have held prestigious roles as clinicians and executives within the healthcare industry, UIC’s award-winning faculty members bring an unprecedented level of expertise and real-world experience into our online classrooms. They are considered trailblazers in their respective fields and consistently deliver an extraordinary level of instruction to each and every UIC student. As dedicated educators, they are your subject matter experts and mentors on this educational journey, and they are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

    Lawrence (Larry) M. Pawola, PharmD, MBA

    Lawrence (Larry) M. Pawola, PharmD, MBA
    Professor
    Department Head
    Director of Graduate Studies

    Larry Pawola has held several clinical and executive management positions in hospitals, and until 2003 when he joined the faculty at UIC, he was a partner in an international information technology professional services firm. As a management consultant specializing in healthcare IT for more than 25 years, Pawola has managed numerous strategic planning initiatives, clinical systems assessments, contract negotiations and clinical systems implementation projects. He has also held the position of chief information officer while leading outsourced management teams in several academic and community health systems, and he has worked with a variety of companies to strategically evaluate and position their technology products in healthcare provider organizations. Pawola has delivered educational presentations to many professional groups, including The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, the American Dental Association and IBM Global Healthcare, and he has published numerous professional and peer-reviewed articles in the leading healthcare IT professional journals, including The Journal of the Healthcare Information and Managements Systems Society, Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare, and Drug Topics.

    Pawola was previously Associate Dean of Distance Education in the College of Applied Health Sciences and has been the Head of the BHIS Department since 2009. Pawola has a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and an MBA with emphasis in finance and management information systems, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He later earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Shenandoah University of Virginia. His business acumen and extensive experience in the healthcare IT industry led to his current positions at UIC.

    "Personally, I care about customer service, and the students are our customers. They are the reason why we exist and are here doing what we do. We really do care about them."

    Areas of interest
    Enhancing value of technology investments
    Increasing utility of clinical applications
    Assessing obstacles to successful implementations

    Karen Patena, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA

    Karen Patena MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Director, Health Information Management Programs

    Karen Patena has worked in hospital medical record management, as well as systems planning and implementation, for nearly 20 years. She served as a vital member of the team to implement a Cerner patient-care information system at the University of Illinois Medical Center. She is a frequent contributor to the Journal of AHIMA* and a regular presenter at the meetings of local, state and national health information management professional associations. Patena now serves on the Panel of Surveyors of CAHIIM (the Council on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management), for which she travels around the country to evaluate new and continuing HIM academic programs for accreditation. She is also a Commissioner on CCHIIM (the Certification Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management) and served as a past-chair of the AHIMA Educational Strategy Committee.

    Patena has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, including the AHIMA Triumph Educator Award, the UIC Silver Circle Award, the Teaching Recognition Award from the UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences Excalibur Award, which is decided by student votes.

    After receiving her bachelor’s degree in health information management from UIC, Patena went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration, concentrating in management information systems, awarded with distinction in 1986 from DePaul University.

    * American Health Information Management Association

    "It's always exciting to see how our students progress and mature between the first and second years of the program. All of a sudden they ‘get it’ and become much more committed to their studies."

    Areas of interest
    Design of the Electronic Health Record
    Mapping and vocabulary as applied to the EHR
    Translating the personal connections in classroom education to online formats

    Michael (Mike) Dieter PhD, MLIS, MBA

    Michael (Mike) Dieter PhD, MLIS, MBA
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Director, Health Informatics Programs

    Mike Dieter was first exposed to health informatics as a graduate student studying information science. He became intrigued by the diverse ways in which information can be used to reduce risk in decision making. After finishing that degree, he sought out an information science program specific to healthcare, which led him to UIC. As a graduate student here at UIC, Dieter worked with Annette Valenta, the founder of UIC’s health informatics program, helping her to transform classroom courses into an online curriculum. He joined the HI faculty in 2001. During his doctoral studies, Dieter’s practical experience in curriculum development for e-learning underscored his dissertation, "Transformative Distance Learning: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Perspective Change in Adult Learners."

    Dieter received a Master of Business Administration in 2000 from UIC, a Master of Library and Information Science in 1997 from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1973 from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. He earned his doctorate in the UIC College of Education’s program in curriculum studies.

    "As instructors in the HI curriculum, we focus on helping students have a fuller appreciation of the problems that health informatics must face as change agents, and the importance of their work on behalf of facilitating change to a new (better!) healthcare paradigm."

    Areas of interest
    Curriculum development, design and evaluation in adult distance learning
    Social informatics
    Information literacy: the ability to use technology to locate, evaluate and apply information
    Systemic functional linguistics and critical discourse analysis

    Annette Valenta, DrPH

    Annette Valenta, DrPH
    Professor

    Annette Valenta joined UIC in 1991 to implement the specialization in health informatics within the Master of Business Administration degree, a model curriculum developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From that successful venture, she spearheaded the development of a full HI degree in the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences in UIC’s College of Applied Health Sciences, and she chaired that department until 2007. She is now Director of Mentorship Programs for the education core of the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. She helped write the business plan for UIC’s inter-college Institute for Patient Safety and continues to work with the institute as the expert in informatics. Prior to returning to academia, Valenta worked as a healthcare consultant, as a National Program Director at the American Hospital Association, and in her own business doing research in the field of healthcare executive information systems.

    Valenta is proud that nearly all her degrees are from UIC, having completed the Doctorate of Public Health, the Master of Public Health, and the Bachelor of Science. In 1998, she experienced online education firsthand by earning the Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning from The California State University Hayward.

    "I joined UIC with the responsibility to launch the third HI graduate program in the country. To see the path traveled from a grant outline to a nationally accredited program is a testament to the vision and hard work of the faculty, students and graduates."

    Areas of interest
    Assessing social-behavioral issues in health informatics
    User perspectives on healthcare technologies
    The role of information technology in patient safety

    Eric Swirsky, JD, MA

    Eric Swirsky, JD, MA
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Eric Swirsky’s professional experience is diverse. Before opening his own law firm and practicing law–startup business ventures, venture capital and real estate–for six years in Bethesda, Maryland, he worked for a wide variety of organizations, from Mother Teresa’s mission in Kolkata, India, to the U.S. Department of Justice. He has held an even wider variety of positions, such as ambulance technician, beekeeper, corporate software trainer and court clerk.

    Swirsky’s educational background is equally as diverse. He received a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Ithaca (New York) College in 1991 and an MA in South Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. In 2000, he earned his law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.

    At UIC, using his unique blend of experience and knowledge, Swirsky teaches a course in communication skills for health informatics professionals, as well as a course in ethics and legal issues in health informatics. He also lectures on topics related to copyright, intellectual property and the legal aspects of health information management.

    "Informatics is the mortar which binds together the bricks of clinical practice. It is ubiquitous, and as such it is imperative that informaticians have a solid foundation in ethics, professionalism and interprofessional communication."

    Areas of interest
    Entrepreneurship
    Copyright and intellectual property
    Legal and biomedical ethics
    Administrative law and compliance

    Lois M. Hitchcock, MHA, RHIA, CPHQ

    Lois M. Hitchcock, MHA, RHIA, CPHQ
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Lois Hitchcock has 27 years of diverse healthcare experience within the healthcare delivery system. As a part time instructor in the health information management program at UIC, her undergraduate curriculum responsibilities include Introduction to Healthcare Systems, Management and Business Practices, Healthcare Data Analysis and Research, and Alternative Healthcare Records. She teaches the prerequisite BHIS 386 for the Master of Science in Health Informatics program.

    As the Administrative Director of Health Information Management at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, she assumed planning and fiscal responsibility for the HIM department of a 500-bed university hospital. Other experiences include responsibility for development and implementation of the medical record services for a new hospital as the Director of Medical Records. In her position as Manager of Client Services, she was responsible for the installation and implementation of hospital medical record systems for client hospitals.

    Hitchcock holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from University of Laverne in Laverne, California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Health Information Administration from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) from the American Health Information Management Association and Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) from the National Association of Healthcare Quality.

    "I enjoy introducing students to HIM in their introductory courses."

    Areas of interest
    Quality Improvement Initatives
    JCAHO and Survey Preparation
    Data Analysis and Decision Making

    Cathy Bimmerle, MS

    Cathy Bimmerle, MS
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Cathy Bimmerle earned a Master of Science degree in education from Fordham University in New York (1995) and in 2006 completed our BHIS Online IBHE Post Masters Certificate in Health Informatics. Cathy bridged her health informatics studies at UIC with her extensive industry experience in data communications, information systems and applications software sales and successfully transitioned from the declining telecommunications market into the high-growth field of Healthcare IT. Prior to joining the BHIS clinical faculty, Cathy held senior account management positions at AT&T, Lucent Technologies, the American Hospital Association's for-profit subsidiary, AHA Solutions, and Allscripts, a leading supplier of electronic health record and practice management solutions.

    "We have the opportunity to demonstrate the value of health information technology transcends the bottom line."

    Areas of interest
    Improve care outcomes through application of information systems
    Qualifying and developing successful outline learners

    Valerie S. Prater, MBA, RHIT

    Valerie S. Prater, MBA, RHIT
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Valerie Prater has held management positions with hospitals and a national healthcare management firm, where her responsibilities included operations, strategic planning, quality management, business development and health information management. Her interest in education quickly evolved from adjunct instructor to assistant professor. She has been teaching online and in the classroom within the disciplines of health administration and health information management for over 15 years. She has also served as a leader in curriculum development and program management.

    Since joining UIC, Prater has been recognized for her contributions to student learning and achievement. She is a recipient of the University’s Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010) and the Health Information Management Program’s Excalibur Award (2010, 2011 and 2013). Peer educators recognized Prater for outstanding achievement in teaching by selecting her to receive the Teaching Recognition Program award, sponsored by the UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), which also awarded her a CETL curriculum development grant. Prater is a member of the UIC IT Governance Council Education Committee and the UIC faculty Collaborative for Excellence in Interprofessional Education. A member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), she has delivered a number of presentations to professional groups, including to the AHIMA’s Assembly on Education.

    Prater received her BA degree with honors from Hollins University in Virginia and her MBA with honors from North Central College in Illinois. She holds a Certificate in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

    "I truly enjoy teaching; it’s rewarding to help prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed for the many career opportunities available in today’s health information management field."

    Areas of interest
    Legal issues involving use of health information
    Patient safety and quality improvement initiatives in the U.S. health care system
    Interprofessional education among the health professions
    Use of technology to enhance teaching effectiveness and student learning

    Teri Jorwic, MPH, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA

    Teri Jorwic, MPH, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    The UIC Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs are committed to providing world-class education through industry-experienced practitioners and professionals. We are currently awaiting a bio from Teri Jorwic, and we will post it soon.

    June Wencel-Drake, PhD

    June Wencel-Drake, PhD
    Professor

    As a scientist, June Wencel-Drake has over 32 years of experience in the field of hematology and blood platelet research. In particular, she researched the regulation of cell-cell and cell-substratum interactions, which is important in a variety of biologic processes including organogenesis, phagocytosis, immune response, hemostasis and thrombosis. Wencel-Drake found the molecular basis of these events in platelets, including three adhesive glycoproteins (fibrinogen, fibronectin and von Willebrand factor) which interact with a shared platelet receptor via Arg-Gly-Asp sequences present in each of these molecules.

    Wencel-Drake’s research focused on the distribution, activation and cycling of these adhesive proteins and receptors in human blood platelets. The receptor contains a two-subunit membrane protein termed GPIIb/IIIa. This receptor shares an Arg-Gly-Asp recognition function with adhesive receptors from many cell types, and these receptors share gross structural features. Study of the genetic commonality of these adhesive protein receptors established the existence of a new superfamily of genes, now referred to as the “integrin” family of cellular receptors/genes. Today, antibodies and peptides from functionally significant sites within these receptors represent a novel class of anti-thrombotic drugs.

    Drawing on her background in physiology and pharmacology, Wencel-Drake now teaches the course in pathophysiology and medical terminology in the Health Information Management curriculum.

    In addition to her research background, Wencel-Drake has over 16 years of administrative experience in the department and college in a variety of roles, including Director of Graduate Studies, Department Head, Acting Dean and most recently as Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research.

    Joanna Abraham

    Joanna Abraham, PhD
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Joanna Abraham is an Assistant Professor in the Deparment of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences (BHIS) at the College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on developing strategies and mechanisms to improve care coordination among patient care terms and health behaviors of at-risk patient population. Her recent research projects include: (a) information seeking and communications patterns of patient care teams during care transitions; (b) relationships between doctor-patient interactions and contextualization of care within the context of chronic disease management in the minority patient population; (c) use of health information technology in decision making, and (d) medication errors associated with the use of computerized patient order entry system. Her vision of research is strongly rooted in training during graduate and undergraduate years - as an information scientist with strong computer science, biomedical informatics and HCI (human computer-interaction) skills.

    Her research is published in a number of journals including Journal of Biomedical Informatics (JBI), International Journal of Biomedical Informatics (IJMI), Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Journal of Critical Care, ACM Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Her research has been recognized with distinguished awards at AMIA including the Diana Forsythe Award and a Distinguished Paper award.

    Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Abraham was at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) where she was an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Cognitive Studies in Medicine and Public Health. Prior to that, she was the recipient of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) fellowship for her post-doctoral research at the School of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth). She received a PhD in Information Sciences and Technology from Pennsylvania State University in 2010.

    "I am excited to be a part of the health informatics research community because of the great opportunities available to transform the relationship between clinicians and patients and also develop empirically based interventions to support patient care delivered by clinicians. These efforts, among others, can lead to improvements in the healthcare system - in terms of quality, safety and costs."

    Areas of interest
    Design of usable and safe health information tools
    Coordination of care
    Handoffs and Care transitions

    Olympia Kalagidis

    Olympia Kalagidis, MS, MT (ASCP)
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Olympia Kalagidis is a recent MSHI alumna of UIC’s Health Informatics program, Class of 2011. She graduated from Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Medical Technology. Her clinical internship was completed at Metro Health System in Cleveland while working as a technician at the Northeastern Red Cross blood bank. She also attended Hahnemann Medical College for medical microbiology and has worked in a clinical setting as a medical technologist.

    Most of Kalagidis’s career was spent in the pharmaceutical industry in sales, marketing, national account management and medical education. As director of the medical education department at Merck, she managed a staff of 22 17 [SAS7] managers and five administrative personnel to design, organize and implement lipid educational programs at 75 percent of the medical schools in the U.S. for over 50,000 physicians and health professionals. As a national account executive she negotiated contracts with vendors, health systems, managed care clients and long term care organizations. She was Director of Business Development at the American Medical Association and also worked as a trainer for Allscripts and RoMar Health Care Consulting Services.

    "Looking forward to seeing the health informatics continue to revolutionize healthcare and population health."

    Areas of interest
    Clinical outcomes
    Trends in health informatics
    Vender management

    Felecia Williams

    Felecia Williams, MPA, RHIA
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Felecia Williams has held management positions with national healthcare consulting firms, working with hospitals and employer groups to streamline and automate processes, perform cost-saving analyses and evaluate business strategies. Most recently she was employed in the health care payor arena, focusing on provider profiling and healthcare transparency for consumer education. She began teaching as an Adjunct for the HIM Bachelor’s (BS) campus program in 2009. In 2010 she began teaching in the online Post- Baccalaureate Certificate in HIM program, and when the online BS HIM program started in 2012, she began teaching in this program as well. As of January 2013 she is a full-time faculty member in the HIM program.

    Williams hold a BS in Health Information Management from UIC, as well as an MPA from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She also holds the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential.

    "Knowledge is an accumulation of information; wisdom is knowing what to do with it. I choose to share it with my students. Teaching is my way of paying it forward. My courses are foundational and provide the building blocks for an HIM career."

    Areas of interest
    Consumer Education related to Health Information
    Evolving HIM careers

    John S. Orzechowski, MBA

    John S. Orzechowski, MBA
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    John Orzechowski is a strategic management and technology business consultant with over 20 years of experience in advanced systems and solutions, leading-edge technologies, networking, software, applications and project management. Throughout his career, Orzechowski has defined and delivered innovative technology solutions and provided expertise to a variety of businesses, including healthcare companies, hospitals, clinics and managed care providers.

    Today, Orzechowski is Managing Partner of Axcyleris Group, Ltd., a Strategic Management Consulting practice, helping companies improve profitability and business operations through products and solutions innovation, key strategic programs and technology talent initiatives. His expertise includes working with companies, service providers and IT organizations of all sizes to drive value and operational performance improvement, from initial strategic planning and development through delivery and implementation—utilizing best practices in project management and Six Sigma methodologies.

    Previously, Orzechowski enjoyed successful careers with several leading Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial ventures where he was responsible for driving and delivering some of the most advanced system solutions and disruptive technologies in the industry. His background includes a wide variety of international experiences spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia.

    Orzechowski has attended Northwestern University and University of Chicago for post-graduate coursework. He holds an MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

    "The U.S. healthcare system is changing at an unprecedented rate. We are witnessing a profound evolution, if not a revolution, that will transform today's healthcare ecosystem into a more patient-centric model. Technology innovations, regulatory changes and new healthcare delivery models are being created to challenge the existing episodic metaphor. I am truly excited to be helping educate the next generation of healthcare informatics professionals on healthcare's digital transformation; especially how mHealth, mobile/wireless technologies in healthcare, can and will catalyze paradigm change."

    Areas of interest
    mHealth - Mobile & Wireless Healthcare
    Patient-Centric Healthcare
    Health Informatics Technology Convergence

    Andrew Boyd, MD

    Andrew Boyd, MD
    Professor
    Department Head
    Director of Graduate Studies

    Andy Boyd joined the department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences in 2008. He came from industry, working on Electronic Health Records. His background includes postdoctoral work in biomedical informatics at the University of Michigan that was funded through the State of Michigan, Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.

    UIC recruited him to pursue research in the areas of data simplification and data integration. His research projects work on providing the correct information to patients and healthcare providers to enable timely clinical decisions. He is also active in the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS); he is the Lead Clinical Research Informatician for the Biomedical Informatics Core. His responsibilities include providing consultative services to clinical researchers and advising the development of the Clinical Data Research Warehouse. He is also part of the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Regional Extension Center (REC), which educates physicians on how to adopt and implement Electronic Health Records.

    Boyd has bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from Southern Methodist University. He later earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Southwestern Medical School from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His research has been published in leading informatics journals.

    "Through better understanding and application of the information within the health care system, informatics can transform healthcare."

    Areas of interest
    Data visualization and simplification
    Clinical and cognitive decision support
    Data integration across institutional boundaries
    Publications:
    Boyd AD, Saxman PR, Hunscher DA, Smith KA, Morris TD, Kaston M, Bayoff F, Rogers B, Hayes P, Rajeev N, Kline-Rogers E, Eagle K, Clauw D, Greden JF, Green LA, Athey BD, “The University of Michigan Honest Broker: A Web-based Service for Clinical and Translational Research and Practice”, Journal of American Medical Informatics Association 2009;16:784 –791 PMCID: PMC3002130
    Boyd AD, Funk EA, Schwartz SM, Kaplan B, Keenan GM, “Top EHR Challenge in light of the stimulus: Enabling effective interdisciplinary, intradisciplinary, and cross setting communication” Journal of Health Information Management, 2010, 24(1), 18-24. PMID: 20077921
    Valenta AL, Browning MM, Weddle TE, Stevenson G, Boyd AD, Hynes DM “Physician perceptions of clinical reminder” Proceeding of 1st ACM International Health Informatics, 2010, 1, 710-717.

    Miriam Isola

    Miriam Isola, DrPH
    Adjunct Instructor

    Miriam Isola has worked in healthcare and information technology for more than 25 years. Isola has a BA in Psychology along with certification in secondary education and a Masters of Healthcare Administration. She earned the Doctor of Public Health in the area of Health Policy and Administration from UIC in 1995. Her background also includes a completion of the certification from HIMSS as a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS).

    Along with her work as Adjunct faculty at UIC, she currently works as a management consultant with Dearborn Advisors LLC, a firm that specializes in adoption of healthcare information systems, strategic planning and managing organizational change. Isola has provided consulting services to numerous health systems, hospitals, academic medical centers and other provider organizations.

    Isola previously worked at UIC in several positions, including as a Program Manager in the Office of Planning and Project Management in the Information Services department and as a Healthcare Administrator in Ambulatory Services. Her areas of interest are program development, strategic planning and quality improvement.

    "To have an impact on quality and the new overall direction of healthcare, successful Health Informatics professionals will take change leadership to the next level in their work. Those that are the most adaptable to change and that continue to develop new capabilities will capitalize on the numerous opportunities out there today. It's an exciting time to be working in this field."

    Areas of interest
    Program development
    Strategic planning
    Quality improvement

    Gideon Ramirez

    Gideon Ramirez
    Adjunct Instructor

    Gideon Ramirez has worked in the financial sector for several years before starting a new career in healthcare. His healthcare experience includes project management, EHR applications implementation, compliance audit and education, and risk assessments. He is a senior compliance auditor in a large teaching hospital in Chicago. Gideon completed his Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management at UIC where he received the HIM Achievement Award, an honor granted to one student for overall academic performance and contributions to the profession. In 2013, Gideon completed his Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Currently, he serves in the UIC-College of Applied Health Sciences alumni board.

    "It is inspiring to see how well our students challenge themselves, deliver class requirements at their best and participate in extra-curricular activities on top of their pressing work schedule and family life."

    Areas of interest
    Healthcare finance
    Healthcare compliance
    Risk assessments
    Coding, billing and reimbursements

    Jennifer Cutts, MBA
    Adjunct Instructor

    Jennifer Cutts is Director of Global Faculty Network at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She has more than 11 years of distance and higher education experience and has been a leader with two leading distance education consulting companies, Bisk Education and Compass Knowledge Group. Within these organizations she focused her efforts in the areas of instructional design, faculty recruitment and retention, student recruitment and managed program operations for a portfolio of institutions. She has taught as an adjunct instructor for the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    She attended the University of South Florida and graduated with her bachelor’s in Communication and then pursued and earned her MBA from Regis University.

    Cori Staley

    Cori Staley, MBA
    Adjunct Instructor

    Cori Staley has worked in IT and telecommunications for more than 30 years, holding positions in product management, sales, finance, operations and human resources. She has worked for Western Electric, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent.

    Since 2008 Staley has also worked as a consultant at Executive Service Corps of Chicago, providing consulting expertise in the areas of strategic planning, new product/service development, leadership development and operations and change management. Her recent engagements have been with clients in Health and Human Services, Government Agencies, Education and Community Development and have included Rush NeuroBehavioral Center (RNBC), Arden Shore Family Services, PADS of Lake County, Christian Outreach of Lutherans (COOL), Stevenson High School Foundation and Career Resource Center (CRC).

    Staley has a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Michigan, specializing in marketing and international business. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

    "I like to exceed students’ expectations. For me, a good class is when I have helped students learn more than they expected to learn. I’ve had the good fortune to work in two other industries that went through a tremendous transformation in a very short period of time. In the very near future, all of us in health informatics will look back on this time and will be amazed."

    Areas of interest (both nonprofit and for profit)
    Strategic planning and implementation
    New product/service development and introduction
    Operations and change management
    Technology valuation and return on investment
    Leadership and professional development

    Anthony Ponder, MSHI
    Adjunct Instructor

    Mr. Ponder currently serves as a Programmer/Analyst II in the Human Resources Information Services Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He provides data analytics for the University as well as special projects in his field. He has held a number of operational management positions in a variety of assignments to include the Electro-Mechanical, Retail, Videoconferencing, and IT industries. Tony also spent 21 years total serving in active duty and reserve components for the U.S. Army retiring in 2003.

    He completed a BS in Computer Science and his Masters in Health Informatics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He achieved the AHIMA Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist CHTS-IM (formerly HIT-Pro: Implementation Manager) Certification in May of 2013.

    Tony teaches as an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in their Health Informatics Graduate Program offering courses in Network & Data Systems, Project Management, and Privacy & Security. He utilizes his expertise in many ways including contributing to a recent textbook published by HIMSS, Implementing Information Security in Healthcare. He is currently working on another textbook on topics of Network Communication in Healthcare.

    "Reputation is what everyone sees you as; Character is what you are when you think no one is looking."

    Areas of interest
    Molding Health Informatics into a more robust online classroom experience
    Analytics and the application of Big Data to the field of healthcare
    Network analysis in EHR design

    Judie Simpson

    Judie Simpson, MBA, BS, RPh
    Adjunct Instructor

    Judie Simpson began her practical experience in the hospital environment when the field of health informatics was just creating itself. She served as the CIO of a major teaching hospital for 14 years and later at a hospice and a home healthcare organization. She also served as VP of patient accounting for several years and held various other positions before leading the IT operations. Since 1997 she has been an independent consultant on various IT and strategic business projects both in and out of the healthcare field.

    Simpson has a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and an MBA with emphasis in finance and not-for-profit management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

    "A good project/IT manager should prepare for anything that can go wrong, because it might."

    Areas of interest
    Project management and system implementations
    Vendor management and IT leadership
    Healthcare communications networks
    Security and privacy

    Focusing on Research

    Exploring the Possibilities

    Health Informatics research at UIC includes the development of theories, methods and processes to create, accumulate, recover and apply data to solve patient care delivery problems or to answer patient care questions.

    Recognizing that healthcare professionals will ultimately use the information developed by today’s electronic health systems, and that a number of societal concepts will apply to the design and evolution of these systems, research opportunities include everything from social and behavioral principles to data and systems security. The possibilities are numerous, and the future of healthcare IT is literally in your hands.

    Committed To Research

    Where Information Meets Innovation

    While the industry today is focused on the implementation of systems to collect and manage electronic health records, there is general agreement that later in this decade, the focus will shift towards data analysis and research. As such, further development of your expertise in data documentation, data mining, simulation and other scientific principles may significantly increase your efficacy and success as a researcher.

    Currently, the UIC faculty is inviting qualified students to conduct health informatics research in the healthcare industry. If you are interested in the Master of Science – Research Track, contact an enrollment advisor to discuss what this exciting degree option has to offer.

    By the Numbers

    Dig Deeper into Data

    As more and more healthcare organizations successfully implement electronic health records over the next few years, there will be greater opportunities for skilled professionals to advance in data mining and analysis, quality improvement, performance measurement and research roles.

    By working to expand your research and analysis skills now, you can better prepare yourself to address the needs of the future, especially as the industry begins to utilize available data in an effort to improve overall societal health.

    If you have a passion for delving deeper into data analysis and research, you have the option to extend your health informatics education to include a specialty in research.

    Measuring Success

    The Power of Performance Outcomes

    The Government is moving towards requiring greater proof that better patient outcomes are truly achieved through the delivery of care in a particular institution. This is where data can be used to tell a very powerful and persuasive story. When properly collected, analyzed and utilized, data can document the management of various diseases, answer questions that will inevitably arise from executives and clinicians both inside and outside the healthcare organization, and help outline a distinct course of action with regard to patient care.

    Developing the Skills

    Maximize Your Potential

    With the shift towards electronic health records, today’s healthcare system has grown increasingly complex. UIC’s online health informatics and health information management programs can equip you with the knowledge and skills important to successfully navigating this ever-changing landscape.

    By earning your online degree in Health Informatics or Health Information Management from UIC, you can:

    Develop the technical and professional skills that can place you at the forefront of transforming the utilization and implementation of healthcare information.
    Help your organization develop and implement clear strategies to improve the quality of patient care and ensure access to critical health information.
    Leverage your experience to help shape the cutting-edge technology systems that are currently transforming today’s healthcare system.
    Position yourself to become an ideal candidate for many of the jobs currently being created in the healthcare sector.

      Technical Knowledge

      Master the Language of Healthcare IT

      According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 through 2020, “faster than the average for all occupations.” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm).

      In response to this kind of elevated projected growth, UIC’s health informatics and health information management programs offer a unique blend of foundational technical knowledge and coursework covering current clinical trends, government regulations and healthcare-specific best management practices. We equip you with the analytical and systems expertise that is highly sought after in the dynamic fields of HI and HIM. Building your technical, clinical, research and analysis skills can help you thrive as a leader in the healthcare industry.

      Leadership Development

      Learn to Lead in the Digital Age of Healthcare

      Healthcare organizations have invested substantial financial resources in information technology (IT) initiatives, and the planning and implementation of these projects require skilled project managers to ensure that they are completed on time and on budget.

      UIC’s Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs are designed to equip you with the leadership and change management skills that will enable you to play an integral role in the continuous evolution of the American healthcare system.

      Our industry-experienced faculty has the unique ability to help you better understand hospital diplomacy, allowing you to successfully navigate the complex organizational structure of today’s rapidly advancing healthcare institutions. Developing these critical skills can enhance your leadership potential and help you maximize your impact within any organization.

      Professional Acumen

      Make the Right Impression

      Your online education with UIC extends far beyond developing the technical skills needed to thrive as a health informatics or health information management professional. It’s also about growth on a personal and professional level. It’s about learning to build and maintain working relationships. It’s about challenging yourself and learning to push past your perceived limitations. It’s about refining your interpersonal communication skills and developing the confidence to function as a leader in your organization and in the healthcare industry at large.

      As the field of healthcare IT continues to expand, there is a growing demand for talented, polished and business-savvy professionals who have the ability to manage advanced clinical systems, electronic health records and patient safety procedures currently being implemented by healthcare providers across the nation.

      Graduates of UIC’s health informatics and health information management programs have the skills, experience and educational background to make an immediate and lasting impact on the organizations in which they work.

      Joining the Network

      Experience the Difference

      The University of Illinois at Chicago is fully devoted to the continuous cultivation of positive and impactful relationships within the medical community and the field of healthcare IT. As such, we work hard to maintain strong ties with numerous clinical sites, professional associations and Fortune 500 companies around the world. As a student and graduate of our prestigious health informatics programs, you can gain critical access to a worldwide network of classmates and alumni who are actively shaping the future of healthcare as prominent leaders within the industry.

      The UIC Family

      A Worldwide Network of Industry Elite

      Cultivating and sustaining strong working relationships is essential to your success. If you’re looking to build your professional network, pursue a career change, ask for advice or move to a new community, being a part of UIC’s prestigious alumni network can help you open the right doors.

      Graduates of both our health information and health informatics programs have gone on to hold positions with employers such as KPMG International, Walgreens, North Shore University HealthSystem, Loyola University Medical Center, American Hospital Association, Cerner, Advocate Healthcare, UnitedHealthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the American Medical Association, Rush University, Northwestern University, Epic and McKesson.

      Whether you’re a newly minted graduate seeking to join the ranks of the healthcare elite or an established alum looking to reconnect with your peers, we encourage you to take full advantage of everything that being a member of UIC’s alumni association has to offer.

      Our Alumni

      You’re in Good Company

      The best measure of the success for an educational institution is the success of its alumni.

      As a national leader in education and research, it is no wonder that UIC boasts an ever-expanding community of prominent alumni who boldly serve as leaders in hospitals, public health organizations, research laboratories, medical software firms, insurance agencies, pharmaceutical companies and educational institutions around the world.

      UIC’s alumni are highly coveted, and they have been recognized for their achievements by individual companies, organizations and agencies as well as national industry groups, such as AHIMA and HIMSS. Our graduates are expected to lead the evolution of the industry and elevation of the HI movement.

      Without question, as a student and future graduate of UIC, you are joining an elite network of distinguished professionals who operate at the forefront of the heath information industry. Whether you’re looking for career advice or want to connect with former classmates, UIC’s alumni resources can help you cultivate and maintain relationships that can last a lifetime.

      Testimonials

      Pamela Bullington

      Pamela Bullington
      MS, Health Informatics – Class of 2006
      Clinical Pharmacist, Walgreens

      "Earning my Master's in Health Informatics gave me the skills and confidence I needed to jump-start my career and pursue a new job in a more dynamic work environment. I now help develop computer-based patient counseling programs for retail pharmacists – AND with a $35,000 pay increase!"

      "This is a well-rounded program that makes you think, helps you learn to interact with people from other areas in the healthcare field and technology, and gives a great sense of accomplishment when you’ve completed the program. It is tough – but well worth it!"

      Ryan Esslinger

      Ryan Esslinger
      MS, Health Informatics – Class of 2012
      Analyst, Milliman Atlanta Health Practice

      "Completing the program was no easy feat, but the conveniences of online learning far outweighed other options made available to me. When I was enrolled as a student at UIC’s MSHI program, I relocated residences, got married, traveled for both work and pleasure, and maintained consistent employment, all within a 28 month time frame. The freedom of complete mobility in obtaining my Master of Science in Health Informatics could not be matched by any other institution offering a similar degree."

      "I believe in UIC’s online MSHI program and what it does for the health informatics community, so much so that I happily joined UIC as an adjunct. I am forever indebted to several UIC instructors, faculty and students who challenged me and encouraged me to never stop learning."

      Elizabeth Cadwell, RHIA

      Elizabeth Cadwell, RHIA
      PB Certificate, Health Information Management – Class of 2013
      CEO, Superior Outsourced Services, Inc.

      "UIC's PBC in HIM is CAHIIM-accredited and provides eligibility and preparation for the RHIA exam. The online learning experience is facilitated by attentive instructors who have in-depth knowledge of and involvement in the evolution of health information management."

      "Online classes are further enhanced by communication with fellow classmates who offer a wide range of personal experiences in the administrative, clinical and/or technical aspects of the field of healthcare. The textbooks and internet-based discussions and activities are also valuable learning tools."

      "Overall, UIC offers a well-rounded and structured program that guides the student through the many components of the HIM body of knowledge."

      Delivering the Degrees

      Programs Designed to Prepare You for the Future

      The American healthcare system is undergoing dramatic change, and the increasing use of technology plays an important part in making improvements. To lead this transformation, UIC offers a suite of health informatics programs that are expertly designed to provide you with the technical knowledge and leadership expertise to successfully navigate an ever-expanding industry where systems, data and socio-technology merge to redefine the future of patient care and information management.

      Master of Science in Health Informatics (MS HI)

      Program Overview

      The graduate-level curriculum in Health Informatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago provides you with a comprehensive, real-world approach to systems integration within the healthcare industry. This dynamic degree program encompasses the broad study of how healthcare data are collected into Electronic Health Records (EHR), as well as how information technology systems are built to effectively house and circulate this data across organizations. In addition to delivering a solid foundation of technical knowledge, the 100 percent online curriculum also covers a wide range of industry-relevant topics, including clinical trends, government regulations and healthcare management best practices.

      If you are interested in health informatics research, a select group of students will be extended an invitation to pursue UIC’s highly esteemed Master of Science in Health Informatics Research Track.

      Program Objectives

      Gain a thorough understanding of the tools and practices used to improve the use of information technology throughout all facets of healthcare, including nursing, pharmacy, clinical care, public health and medical research.
      Deliver and implement clear health informatics strategies and advance the overall delivery of quality patient care around the world.
      Develop a new perspective on the dynamic role health information technology will play in the advancement of medical practices, nursing and the healthcare industry as a whole.
      Expand your ability to improve access to health-related data, define new standards in the field of health informatics and facilitate positive organizational change from a position of leadership within your organization.
      Complete the program in as few as 2.5 years. Access program content and contribute to class discussions on your own schedule each week.

        MS HI Course Listing

        Pre-requisite Courses (may be waived in some instances)
        BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management 2 hours
        HIM 486 Fundamentals of Health Information Management 2 hours
        Core Courses
        BHIS 437 Healthcare Data 3 hours
        BHIS 499 Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences 1 hour
        BHIS 503 Communication Skills in Health Informatics 4 hours
        BHIS 505 Ethics & Legal Issues in Health Informatics 3 hours
        BHIS 510 Healthcare Information Systems 4 hours
        BHIS 511 Application of Healthcare Information Systems 2 hours
        BHIS 515 Management of Healthcare Communication Systems 4 hours
        BHIS 520 Health Information Systems Analysis & Design 4 hours
        BHIS 525 Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics 4 hours
        BHIS 537 Healthcare IT Vendor Management 3 hours
        BHIS 593 Health Informatics Capstone Experience 1 hour
        Additional Core – Course Only Track
        BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics 4 hours
        Additional Core – Research Track
        BHIS 500 Strategic Inquiry in BHIS 3 hours
        BHIS 595 Seminar in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 1 hour
        BHIS 597 Project Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 0–5 hours
        BHIS 598 Thesis Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 0–16 hours
        Electives – Other Courses Offered
        BHIS 508 Q-Methodology Research Methods 3 hours
        BHIS 509 Informatics for the Clinical Investigator 3 hours
        BHIS 517 Healthcare Information Security 3 hours
        BHIS 522 Mobile Health Informatics 3 hours
        BHIS 527 Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organizations 3 hours
        BHIS 528 Consumer Health Informatics 3 hours
        BHIS 529 Transforming Healthcare using Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics 3 hours
        BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics 4 hours
        BHIS 538 Healthcare IT Administration 3 hours
        BHIS 543 Healthcare Project Management 3 hours
        BHIS 546 Leadership Development in Health Informatics 3 hours
        BHIS 580 Practicum in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 3–12 hours
        BHIS 596 Independent Study 1–4 hours

        Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics (PMC HI)

        Program Overview

        The online Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics at UIC draws from the popular curriculum of our distinguished Master of Science in Health Informatics program. It serves as the perfect complement to your existing master’s degree, and it is designed to expand your educational background to help launch or advance your career in the dynamic field of health informatics. With only seven required courses and 24 credit hours offered 100 percent online, this certificate is easily attainable. It provides a thorough study of how data and technology can be used to enhance patient care and create improved, more resourceful healthcare information systems.

        Program Objectives

        Increase your proficiency in the creation, implementation, operation and control of health informatics systems.
        Examine and understand the resources, tools and methods required to optimize the use of information in the areas of nursing, clinical care, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and medical research.
        Learn how to use medical information and technology to improve the overall quality of patient care and build a better healthcare system.
        Effectively address the social, ethical, organizational and legal issues associated with health information systems and master the proper management of electronic health records.
        Sharpen your management and communication skills to position yourself for a leadership role within the field of health informatics and the healthcare industry as a whole.
        Complete the program in as few as 1.5 years. Access course content and contribute to class discussions on your own schedule each week.

          PMC HI Course Listing

          Pre-requisite Courses (may be waived in some instances)
          BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management 2 hours
          BHIS 460 Introduction to Health Informatics 1 hour
          HIM 486 Foundations in Health Information Management 2 hours
          Required Courses
          BHIS 437 Healthcare Data 3 hours
          BHIS 499 Information Sources in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 1 hour
          BHIS 510 Healthcare Information Systems 4 hours
          BHIS 515 Management of Healthcare Communication Systems 4 hours
          BHIS 520 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design 4 hours
          BHIS 525 Social & Organizational Issues in Health Informatics 4 hours
          BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics 4 hours

          Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (PBC HIM)

          Program Overview

          The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago is designed to impart the knowledge and critical skills important for helping organizations develop and implement effective health information management strategies, advance the quality of patient care and safeguard the integrity of electronic health records. The program’s advanced curriculum presented 100 percent online offers a solid foundation in health information theory and practice. As a student, you will have the opportunity to expand upon your bachelor’s degree education and gain the coveted leadership and management skills that can help you thrive in today’s ever-evolving healthcare industry.

          Program Objectives

          Expand your organizational understanding of today’s healthcare system and learn how health information is recorded, shared and managed.
          Perform detailed analysis of various health information systems and study the pressing legal, security and privacy issues associated with the management of electronic medical records.
          Examine the role of health information management professionals in today’s healthcare environment and develop the critical skills that can help you position yourself for a leadership role within the industry.
          Gain the technical knowledge and industry-specific expertise to take and pass the highly valued Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.
          Complete the program in as few as 2 years. Access coursework and contribute to class discussions on a flexible schedule each week.

            PB HIM Course Listing

            Pre-requisite Courses (may be waived in some instances or may be completed at another college/university)
            IDS 200 Introduction to Management Information Systems 4 hours
            KN 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hours
            KN 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 hours
            PSCH 242 Introduction to Research in Psychology, or STAT 101 Introduction to Statistics 3 hours
            Required Courses
            BHIS 405 Medical Sciences and Human Pathophysiology 3 hours
            BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management 2 hours
            BHIS 460 Introduction to Health Informatics 1 hour
            BHIS 580 Practicum in Health Informatics 3 hours
            HIM 410 Introduction to the Healthcare System 3 hours
            HIM 432 Coding and Classification Systems 3 hours
            HIM 433 Coding and Reimbursement Systems 4 hours
            HIM 451 Health Information Management Theory and Practice 4 hours
            HIM 452 Quality Management and Data Analysis 4 hours
            HIM 453 Principles of Management and Human Resources 4 hours
            HIM 454 Legal Aspects, Risk Management and Security of Health Information 3 hours
            HIM 455 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design 4 hours
            HIM 481 Healthcare Financial Management 2 hours

            Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BS HIM)

            Program Overview

            Modeled after the successful on-campus program, our 100 percent online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program explores relevant topics, such as data coding and reimbursement systems, quality management and health information systems. The cutting-edge curriculum provides skilled instruction in the management and use of information and information systems for healthcare planning and provision, resource allocation and executive decision making.

            Fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Health Information Management Education (CAHIIM), this innovative program offers you an exciting introduction into the developing market of healthcare information systems. It is designed to equip you with the advanced knowledge and tactical skills important to achieving a successful, long-standing career in the rapidly expanding field of health information management.

            Program Objectives

            Examine the role of health information management in today’s healthcare organizations and understand how data are collected, stored and managed within electronic health records (EHRs).
            Learn how to develop and implement standard practices, policies and procedures that enable reliable data analysis and effective health information reporting.
            Effectively manage the health information environment within your organization and ensure that all personnel are educated on HIM best practices, responsibilities and security measures.
            Expand your knowledge base to successfully sit for and pass the prestigious Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.
            Gain the skills and expertise that can help you become an influential leader in the field of health information management.
            Complete the program in as few as 2 years. Access coursework and contribute to class discussions on a flexible schedule each week.

              BS HIM Course Listing

              Pre-requisite Courses (60 total hours of Pre-Health Information Management courses) Completion of the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum plus the following specific courses or equivalent:
              IDS 200 Introduction to Management Information Systems 4 hours
              KN 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hours
              KN 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 hours
              PSCH 242 Introduction to Research in Psychology, or STAT 101 Introduction to Statistics 3 hours
              BS in Health Information Management Required Courses (63 total hours)
              BHIS 405 Medical Sciences and Human Pathophysiology 3 hours
              BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management 2 hours
              BHIS 410 Health Data Structures and Management 3 hours
              BHIS 460 Introduction to Health Informatics 1 hour
              BHIS 461 Information Systems for Health Information Management 2 hours
              BHIS 480 Management and Business Practices 3 hours
              HIM 317 Principles of Health Information Management 4 hours
              HIM 319 Alternative Health Records 4 hours
              HIM 320 Technical Affiliation 2 hours
              HIM 329 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3 hours
              HIM 337 Analysis of Healthcare Data 4 hours
              HIM 343 Quality Evaluation and Management 3 hours
              HIM 361 Human Resources Management 4 hours
              HIM 367 Systems Analysis 3 hours
              HIM 374 Health Information Research 3 hours
              HIM 377 Current Issues in Health Information Management 2 hours
              HIM 384 Clinical Practicum 5 hours
              HIM 410 Introduction to the Healthcare System 3 hours
              HIM 432 Coding and Classification Systems 3 hours
              HIM 433 Coding and Reimbursement Systems 4 hours
              HIM 481 Healthcare Financial Management 2 hours
              Proficiency Credit* (24 hours)
              BHIS 405 Medical Sciences and Human Pathophysiology 3 hours
              BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management 2 hours
              HIM 317 Principles of Health Information Management 4 hours
              HIM 319 Alternative Health Records 4 hours
              HIM 320 Technical Affiliation 2 hours
              HIM 329 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3 hours
              HIM 386 Independent Study 3 hours
              HIM 410 Introduction to the Healthcare System 3 hours
              In addition, the following credit may be granted by proficiency exam** (7 hours)
              HIM 432 Coding and Classification Systems 3 hours
              HIM 433 Coding and Reimbursement Systems 4 hours
              Required Courses after Proficiency Credit (32 hours)
              BHIS 410 Health Data Structures and Management 3 hours
              BHIS 460 Introduction to Health Informatics 1 hour
              BHIS 461 Information Systems for Health Information Management 2 hours
              BHIS 480 Management and Business Practices 3 hours
              HIM 361 Human Resources Management 4 hours
              HIM 367 Systems Analysis 3 hours
              HIM 374 Health Information Research 3 hours
              HIM 377 Current Issues in Health Information Management 2 hours
              HIM 384 Clinical Practicum 5 hours
              HIM 452 Quality Management and Data Analysis 4 hours
              HIM 481 Healthcare Financial Management 2 hours
              Plus, if not receiving proficiency credit by exam (7 hours)
              HIM 432 Coding and Classification Systems 3 hours **
              HIM 433 Coding and Reimbursement Systems 4 hours **

              * Proficiency Credit – Graduates of an associate’s degree program in Health Information Technology accredited by the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), who also hold current Registered Health Information Technical Certification or who provide a transcript of equivalent course work and demonstrate proficiency by exam, may receive up to 24 hours of proficiency credit.

              ** Students with a current RHIT, CPC, CCA, CCS, CCS-P coding credential and demonstrate proficiency via an exam may receive proficiency credit for HIM 432 and HIM 433.

              Admissions

              Embark on an Educational Journey

              At UIC, we believe that your enrollment experience should be positive, welcoming and relaxed. Because our goal is to make the admissions process as hassle-free as possible, we accept applications year round and offer three convenient start dates per year. Plus, our enrollment advisors are available to answer all your questions and work closely with you to ensure a seamless entry into your program.

              Designed specifically with you in mind, our online programs provide the convenience and flexibility that allow you to actively live life while you learn. We look forward to embarking on this educational journey with you, and we are here to assist you in any way we can.

              Admission Requirements

              Getting Started with UIC

              The admission requirements for UIC’s Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs vary depending on the degree or certificate for which you apply. Please consult the list below for the program that interests you to determine if you meet the admission requirements.

              • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
              • At least 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA in undergraduate study or for all terminal graduate degrees. A final cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 for UIC’s Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics will also be accepted. In addition to the previous requirements, the cumulative GPA for any graduate-level course work must be at least 3.0/4.0.
              • A minimum of two years of work experience in industries that can directly translate to health informatics, such as healthcare, IT, health information management, consulting or law. Academic jobs are excluded.
              • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
              • Resume highlighting the applicant’s education and experience
              • Personal statement from the applicant addressing the outcomes and benefits the applicant hopes to receive by completing the program
              • Three Recommendation forms
              • Interview to determine eligibility, interest, and purpose of study
              • No GRE or GMAT required
              • Non-refundable $75 application fee
              • Minimum English Competency Test Score: TOEFL - if the applicant has taken paper-based TOEFL, minimum scores in the range of 585-600 will be considered; in addition, the applicant must take the Test of Written English and submit scores in the range of 5-6. Applicants taking the iBT Internet-based TOEFL must have a minimum score of 95, with subscores of Reading 24, Listening 22, Speaking 24 and Writing 24; OR an IELTS score of 7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores.
              • Graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
              • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 for all graduate work
              • A minimum of two years of work experience in industries that can directly translate to health informatics, such as healthcare, IT, health information management, consulting or law. Academic jobs are excluded.
              • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
              • Resume highlighting the applicant’s education and experience
              • Personal statement from the applicant addressing the outcomes and benefits the applicant hopes to receive by completing the certificate program
              • Interview to determine eligibility, interest and purpose of study
              • Three Recommendation forms
              • No GRE or GMAT required
              • Non-refundable $75 application fee

              At minimum, a master’s degree from any accredited graduate program is required. For those with an MBA, the degree must be granted either by UIC or another school accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (http://aacsb.edu/).

              • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
              • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75/4.0 for the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree
              • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
              • Resume highlighting the applicant’s education and experience
              • Personal statement from the applicant, addressing the outcomes and benefits the applicant hopes to receive by completing the certificate program
              • Three Recommendation forms
              • Program Requirements form
              • Interview to determine eligibility, interest and purpose of study
              • No GRE or GMAT required
              • Non-refundable $75 application fee
              • Completion of the prerequisite coursework, which may be completed after admission to the program. (Equivalent course work or professional experience will be considered. Students are encouraged to complete prerequisite coursework prior to or during the first semester to avoid delay in enrolling in required courses)
              • Minimum GPA 2.50/4.00
              • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
              • Resume highlighting the applicant’s education and experience
              • Personal statement from the applicant, addressing the outcomes and benefits the applicant hopes to receive by completing the certificate program
              • Three Recommendation forms
              • Interview to determine eligibility, interest and purpose of study
              • No GRE or GMAT required
              • Non-refundable $60 application fee
              • Program Requirements form
              • BS HIM Student: Confidentiality Statement
              • UIC Student: Information form
              • UIC BS HIM: Course Outline
              • Successful completion of the following undergraduate courses (60 semester or 90 quarter total transferable credit hours):
                • Pre-requisite health Information management courses or equivalent (4 courses, 15-17 credit hours)
                  • KN 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
                  • KN 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
                  • PSCH 242 Introduction to Research Psychology, or STAT 101 Introduction to Statistics
                  • IDS 200 Introduction to Management Information Systems
                • UIC’s General Education requirements (10 courses, 35-37 credit hours, plus 3 or more electives to total 60 credit hours) or completion of the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (View Course Outline for more information.)

              The BHIS department does not permit concurrent enrollment and registration in other UIC programs, excluding health informatics joint degree programs.

              Academic Calendar

              Higher Learning Set to Your Schedule

              Three start dates per year offer the flexibility to begin your program when best for you. Two classes are offered in each Summer, Fall and Spring semester. Each course is only eight weeks long, enabling you to take up to two classes per semester for the graduate programs and four to six for the bachelor’s program, allowing you to finish quickly.

              Spring 2015 Summer 2015 Fall 2015
              Application Deadline*
              MSHI &
              BSHIM

              PMCHI &
              PBCHIM

              11/1/14 11/1/14
              MSHI &
              BSHIM

              PMCHI &
              PBCHIM

              3/5/15 3/15/15
              MSHI &
              BSHIM

              PMCHI &
              PBCHIM

              5/15/15 5/15/15
              International Application Deadline 7/15/14 12/15/14 2/15/15
              Registration Deadline 1/6/15 5/12/15 8/18/15
              Classes Begin 1/12/15 5/18/15 8/24/15

              *Please note that the application deadlines for the Health Informatics Department may differ from the university’s application deadlines. All application materials must be received prior to the departmental deadline to be considered for enrollment in that term. Courses begin a week earlier than the university calendar, and there is a one week overlap between A and B terms. University finals week is the last week of class.

              Tuition

              Affordability is a High Priority

              By continuing your education at UIC, you are making an investment in yourself that can lead to potential increased earnings, new professional opportunities and a greater level of satisfaction in your career. Below are the costs associated with UIC’s Health Informatics and Health Information Management online programs.

              45-49 total credit hours


              Expenses per Credit Hour
              (for 2013-14 academic year)

              Tuition: $735
              Books: Non-applicable

              Expenses per Semester

              Tuition: $3,675 – $5,880
              Books: $150 – $400

              Expenses per Year

              Tuition: $11,025 – $17,640
              Books: $450 – $1,000

              Total Cost

              Tuition: $33,075 – $36,015
              Books: $900 – $2,000

              Onsite Campus Travel (BHIS 593):

              If a student chooses to attend the onsite health informatics capstone experience, applicable expenses include: round trip travel to/from Chicago, minimum 2-night stay in the Chicago area, transportation to/ from the UIC campus, meals and entertainment. For those students who are in the MS HI Research Track, travel to UIC's campus will be necessary.

              24-28 total credit hours


              Expenses per Credit Hour
              (for 2013-2014 academic year)

              Tuition: $735
              Books: Non-applicable

              Expenses per Semester

              Tuition: $735 – $5,880
              Books: $150 – $400

              Expenses per Year

              Tuition: $6,615 – $8,085
              Books: $450 – $800

              Total Cost

              Tuition: $17,640 – $20,580
              Books: $900 – $1,800

              31-40 total credit hours


              Expenses per Credit Hour
              (for 2013-2014 academic year)

              Tuition: $735
              Books: Non-applicable

              Expenses per Semester

              Tuition: $2,940 – $5,880
              Books: $150 – $400

              Expenses per Year

              Tuition: $8,820 – $14,700
              Books: $450 – $1,000

              Total Cost

              Tuition: $22,785 – $29,400
              Books: $900 – $2,000

              63 total credit hours


              Expenses per Credit Hour
              (for 2013-2014 academic year)

              Tuition: $500
              Books: Non-applicable

              Expenses per Semester*

              Tuition: $5,434 – $8,398
              Books: $75 – $100 each

              Expenses per Year*

              Tuition: $11,362 – $16,302
              Books: $75 – $100 each

              Total Cost**

              Tuition: $31,122
              Books: $2,100 – $2,500


              *Dependent on number of credits enrolled per semester
              **Only includes the cost for the 63 core credit hours

              There are many options to help fund your education. Please visit the financial aid section of our website to learn more about funding your education.

              The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Applied Health Sciences complies with the U.S. Department of Education’s Gainful Employment Statute requirements by disclosing information to applicants regarding our Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs. The tuition rates above are based on AY 2012-2013 data and are subject to change by action of the University Board of Trustees. Estimated salary information for Health Informatics and Health Information Management professionals can be found on the ONET website using the appropriate SOC codes found here.

              Financial Aid

              An Investment in Your Future

              Financial aid for your education is available from a variety of sources, including federal grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, scholarship programs, private sources, student employment opportunities and sometimes even employer assistance programs. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with and research all of your available options so that you can make the selection that best meets your individual needs.

              For more assistance, please contact UIC’s Office of Financial Aid:

              University of Illinois at Chicago

              Office of Student Financial Aid, MC 334
              1800 Student Services Building
              1200 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60607

              Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
              Phone: (312) 996-3126
              Fax: (312) 996-3385
              Email: money@uic.edu
              Website: http://www.uic.edu/depts/financialaid/index.shtml

              UIC’s School Code: 001776

              Find Priority Filing Dates for FAFSA.

              UIC Office of Student Financial Aid Student Guides Are Now Online!

              Please click here to visit our financial aid website for details. Our enrollment advisors can also help you find out if you may qualify for federal financial aid and/or private student loans.

              To learn more about whether you qualify for additional financial assistance, contact your enrollment advisor at 1-866-MSHI-UIC.

              Satisfactory Academic Progress Terms

              The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs are designed for working adults taking courses either part or full time. All students are held to high performance standards consistent with graduate education in a research university. While our programs are flexible, courses are delivered in a “paced” mode, meaning deadline dates must be met in all courses, and student participation is expected daily.

              Effective July 1, 2011, federal regulations require that students applying for federal loan assistance must meet certain criteria whether or not they previously received aid. For graduate students (except doctorate and medical students), this policy applies to Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, as well as some other loan types.

              In order for you to continue to receive loan money, you must comply with these regulations set by the University in conjunction with federal regulations.

              Maximum Timeframe (MTF)

              The MTF is the required length of time it will take you to complete a degree program based on the appropriate enrollment status. Federal regulations allow a student to be eligible to receive aid up to 150% of the time it would normally take to complete a degree.

              UIC MTF:
              PB-HIM and BS-HIM programs: 3 years
              MS HI: 6 years

              Minimum Completion Percentage (MCP)

              The MCP is the percentage of coursework that a student must earn (pass) during enrollment.

              All UIC programs:
              67%

              Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

              Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA throughout the course of the program.

              BS-HIM: 2.0
              MS-HI and PB HIM: 3.0

                Important Loan Information

                As with any loan, make sure you fully understand the interest rates, repayment terms and tax implications. Find out if interest charges are variable or fixed, if the loan has forgiveness or deferment provisions, if you can consolidate the loan with other loans and if the loan carries prepayment penalties.

                Borrow only what you need. Remember that loans must be repaid even if you do not finish school. Your education is a substantial investment. It’s one of the most important decisions you can make for your future. Take time to learn all of your financial aid options before you make any decision.

                Computer Requirements

                Connecting the Classroom through Technology

                All students must have access to a computer with the following minimum requirements:

                • Processor: Minimum Pentium III
                • Memory: 1 GB RAM minimum
                • Hard Drive: 40 GB or more with 8 GB free space preferred
                • Modem: A cable or DSL connection is preferred
                • CD-ROM: A CD-ROM reader
                • Sound Card: SoundBlaster 32-bit compatible
                • Video Card: SVGA 1024×768 resolution
                • Monitor: 15 inch SuperVGA color monitor
                • Operating System: XP, Vista
                • Software: An active antivirus program and an office suite such as Microsoft Office
                • Other: An Internet Service Provider (ISP) is recommended for access from outside the (312) area code. The student must secure an active UIC NetID and valid password upon initial registration.
                • Operating system: Mac G4 or G5 running OS 10 (or higher)
                • Memory: Minimum of 1 GB RAM
                • Hard drive: 40 GB HD
                • Storage: 32 GB
                • Modem: Wi-Fi
                • RESTRICTION: Apple iPad and iPhone products do not support flash software; therefore, some course items will be inaccessible.

                The best internet browser to use depends on the type of operating system on your computer. The supported technologies document from Blackboard lists which options are available. You can also check your browser using this testing link.

                * Please Note: If you are using Word 2007, you may experience difficulty sharing your documents electronically. Therefore, you will need to save your documents in a format that is compatible with earlier versions for Word.

                Students can purchase software at a discounted rate through the UIC computer store.

                The Student Experience

                Convenient Programs for the Working Professional

                As an online student, you can benefit from every resource that UIC has to offer, including our information-rich course content, student support services, world-class educators and online educational tools.

                Our innovative programs are designed to challenge and engage you while providing the ideal combination of flexibility and real-world application that today’s professionals demand. Our programs are asynchronous, so you can login at your convenience; you are never required to login at a specific time. By establishing and maintaining a convenient, supportive and highly interactive learning environment, we can help position you for success.

                Life as a Student

                An Academic Experience Designed For You

                As a busy working professional, we understand that your time is incredibly valuable. That’s why we’ve designed our suite of health informatics programs specifically with your needs in mind. It is our goal to provide you with an online educational experience that can fit seamlessly into your life and help you achieve your goals.

                In fact, now that you’re contemplating enrollment in one of our online degree programs, it may be helpful to know what a typical week might look like for you. A student in one of our online health informatics programs took the time to journal for a week to share her experiences. Read about how she successfully balanced work, school, and duties at home. Please note: each course has its own workflows and timings that may differ from the narrative presented by this student.

                  I love Sundays. It’s my day to catch up on small things around the house and relax.

                  While the kids were having their bath, I was able to get on the computer and read through the rest of last week’s class discussions. I also finished the Minute Paper that was due for my Healthcare Information Systems class. The professor was right; it really took only a minute or two to finish. After putting the kids to bed, I spent a couple hours reading Chapter 3 of our textbook. I’m headed to bed because I have a long work day tomorrow.

                  I was expecting a rough day at work today, but it turned out to be okay. Monday is normally a busy day in the office, but for some reason, most of our patients were pretty easy on us. I wish everyday as a nurse would be a breeze like this!

                  Now that I’m home and the kids are in bed, I can get on my laptop to start the research for my part of the group case study assignment due on Thursday. It focuses on how information technology is utilized in the delivery of patient care in the ambulatory environment. I was a bit confused about the question, so I emailed my instructor for some clarification. He happened to be online at the time, so I shared his response with my four teammates on this case assignment.

                  It was pretty somber in the office today; one of our long-time patients passed away. We will miss Maggie, just the sweetest lady. I should probably send flowers to the family. I hugged and kissed my kids EXTRA hard tonight.

                  I was up for several hours writing an analysis of the case study assignment. Our case study question was on the utilization of RHIOs and the implementation of web portals for clinicians at Grace Memorial Hospital. I have some experience with these tools because our office has started to use them. Last night, I was able to find quite a few articles and recent publications focused on this subject, so I feel good about my analysis.

                  Well, it was another tough day at work. We were pretty busy, and everyone is still feeling the effects of Maggie’s death. Thank goodness we saw Frank today. He is from New York and has the funniest stories ever! He absolutely cracks me up!

                  After I made it home and ate dinner with the family, I sat for a couple hours to finish editing my analysis of the Grace Memorial case study. After proofing and editing it, I emailed it to my team’s discussion leader who will post our collective response on the discussion forum by the deadline. I’ll be interested to see my peers’ comments on it.

                  It was busy in the office today, as we were booked solid. It was an endless stream of patients for the whole day. Whoa! The doc ordered lunch for us, so that was a nice surprise.

                  Our case study analysis was due today, so I hopped online to make sure my group’s analysis was posted on time. I noticed that a couple of the other groups had already posted their case study responses, so I went in to read a few of them. Some of them had a very strong analysis with solid sources to support their thoughts. I’m pretty impressed. I posted my thoughts on each of them, as I supported some and disputed others. Reading through the case study analyses was a lot quicker than writing one; each one made me think about other aspects of the web portal implementation. This type of dialogue makes for very good discussion.

                  TGIF! It couldn’t come at a better time….what a week, but we survived. We don’t typically schedule many appointments on Fridays. That’s our day to catch up and close out the week’s work.

                  I talked to the doctor and the office manager about my studies in the Health Informatics program. It’s been pretty interesting to share what I’ve learned in the program with them. They are really starting to see the importance of a well-integrated EHR and CPOE system. As I’ve gone through the program, I’m starting to see that my future is in consulting on systems integrations with small physician offices.

                  We went out for dinner with the kids, which is always fun. After coming home, we played a few games of cards and talked about school. My husband supervised the bedtime rituals while I logged in to participate in the Unit 3 debate. I read some of the comments on my analysis. I did pretty well. Good feedback from the instructor and my peers. There were a couple of challenges to my thoughts on RHIOs and the need for government mandates. There are a few in our class who feel strongly that government intervention would hinder the development of RHIOs rather than help it. I can see both sides of the argument, even though I don’t agree....

                  I woke up early this morning feeling refreshed. So I decided to read a few chapters of Unit 4 to prepare myself for next week’s assignments. You really have to remain disciplined if you want to stay on track in this program. It gets hectic sometimes, but I’m doing it.

                  I made breakfast for the family, and now the rest of the day belongs to me. No more reading or writing today.

                  Online Learning

                  Interactive Learning at Its Finest

                  At UIC, we understand that distance learning is very different from the traditional classroom environment. We believe that the most meaningful and successful online educational experience is learner-centered, which is why our online program was developed specifically with your needs in mind. With just a few strokes of your keyboard, you have the power to connect to UIC’s virtual classroom, one of the nation’s most innovative e-learning environments.

                  By utilizing the latest and most effective educational technology, you can access program content through a wide variety of interactive and media-rich online tools, including:

                  • Multimedia presentations
                  • Class email
                  • Virtual chats
                  • Discussion forums
                  • Message boards
                  • Online assignments and exams

                  Additional resources include:

                  • Textbooks
                  • Supplemental reading materials
                  • Group projects

                  Whether you’re logging in to read a class assignment on your lunch break or sitting down to join a group presentation after you put the kids to bed, you can complete your coursework and earn your degree all while maintaining your regular schedule at work and at home.

                  The quality of your education is our highest priority, and it is our goal to continuously provide you with a world-class learning experience that delivers only the very best we have to offer.

                  Technical Support

                  We Are at Your Service

                  As an online student at UIC, you have access to technical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are experiencing any difficulty accessing course materials, or if you have questions, there will always be someone who can help you.

                  UIC provides a wide range of student services. Your program manager, your course facilitator and your course instructor are all available by phone or email to answer questions and guide you through your experience as a student.

                  Current Students

                  Your Education Is Our Top Priority

                  At the University of Illinois at Chicago, our students come first. We are your partners on this academic journey, and we look forward to helping you as you work towards the successful completion of your program. In this section, you will find helpful information regarding degree requirements, resources for graduation and other materials meant to assist you throughout your time as a student at UIC.

                  Degree Requirements

                  We Help Keep You on Track

                  The following requirements need to be met in order to satisfactorily complete each degree option.

                    Pre-requisite Courses (may be waived in some instances)
                    Total Semester Credit Hours: 2 – 3
                    • Statistics Prerequisite
                      • A graduate-level biostatistics course is required for the research track.
                      • A biostatistics summary module, BHIS 999 – Foundations of Statistics, is required for the course-only track (this will be taken after acceptance). BHIS 999 is a BlackBoard site for three self-learning modules comprised of a series of PowerPoint lectures and learning self-assessments intended to provide an overview of statistics for BHIS graduate students.
                    • HIM 486 Foundations of HIM (2 credits) and/or BHIS 406 Medical Terminology (1 credit) beginning fall semester 2010; BHIS 406 will be expanded to 2 credits beginning fall semester 2012.
                    Required Courses
                    Total Semester Credit Hours: 32

                    Students are strongly urged to take BHIS 499 and BHIS 503 during their first semester of matriculation in the program. These courses should be followed with BHIS 510 and BHIS 437 in the second semester of matriculation. They are considered foundation courses for the other BHIS courses to follow and must be completed as prerequisites for enrollment in other BHIS required courses and electives. In special circumstances, the BHIS faculty will permit some variation.

                    • BHIS 437 Healthcare Data 3 credits
                    • BHIS 499 Information Sources in BHIS 1 credit
                    • BHIS 503 Communication Skills in Health Informatics 4 credits

                    Optional 2-day onsite session. Note: BHIS 503, a 3 credit course, and the BHIS 593 1 credit (Capstone) are an added requirement as of the fall of 2012. Students who do not receive a passing grade in BHIS 503 prior to the fall of 2012 must take a 3 credit plus Capstone course option.

                    • BHIS 505 Ethics and Legal Issues in Health Informatics 3 credits
                    • BHIS 510 Healthcare Information Systems 4 credits
                    • BHIS 511 Application of Healthcare Information Systems 2 credits
                    • BHIS 515 Management of Healthcare Communication Systems 4 credits
                    • BHIS 520 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design 4 credits
                    • BHIS 525 Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics 4 credits
                    • BHIS 537 Healthcare IT Vendor Management 3 credits
                    Additional Required Courses (Course-Only Track)
                    Total Semester Credit Hours: 4
                    • BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics 4 credits
                    Additional Required Courses (Research Track)
                    Total Semester Credit Hours: 8 – 20
                    • BHIS 500 Strategic Inquiry in BHIS 3 credits
                    • BHIS 595 Seminar in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 1 credit
                    • BHIS 597 Project Research 4 – 8 credits
                    • BHIS 598 Thesis Research 8 – 16 credits
                    Electives
                    Total Semester Credit Hours: 4 – 9

                    Course only track requires a minimum of 9 elective hours; students must take BHIS 538, or 546, or 580 as part of this requirement. Research track requires a minimum of 4 elective hours.

                    • BHIS 504 Methods in Qualitative Inquiry 3 credits
                    • BHIS 508 Q-Methodology Research Methods 3 credits
                    • BHIS 509 Informatics for the Clinical Investigator 3 credits
                    • BHIS 517 Healthcare Information Security 3 credits
                    • BHIS 522 Mobile Health Informatics 3 credits
                    • BHIS 528 Consumer Health Informatics 3 credits
                    • BHIS 529 Transforming Healthcare using Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics 3 credits
                    • BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics
                    An elective in the research track only, otherwise required in the course-only track
                    4 credits
                    • BHIS 538 Healthcare IT Administration 3 credits
                    • BHIS 543 Healthcare Project Management 3 credits
                    • BHIS 546 Leadership Development in Health Informatics 3 credits
                    • BHIS 580 Practicum in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
                    This course is strongly recommended for those students who do not have a healthcare background; students must declare their desire to take this course by the end of the semester of study in order to have sufficient time to secure a Student Placement Agreement with the desired Practicum site.
                    3 credits
                    • BHIS 596 Independent Study 1-3 credits

                    In order to obtain the IBHE health informatics certificate at UIC, students are required to successfully complete seven graduate-level courses (24 semester hours). Most students complete their requirements in one to two years, including the Summer session. The coursework is a subset of the courses in the Master of Science curriculum and emphasizes the analysis, implementation and ongoing management of the critical factors that impact the successful use of healthcare information technologies.

                    Pre-requisite Courses (may be waived in some instances)
                    Total Semester Credit Hours: 4-5
                    • HIM 486 Foundations of HIM 2 credits
                    • BHIS 406 Medical Terminology 2 credits
                    • BHIS 460 Introduction to Health Informatics 1 credit
                    Required Courses
                    Total Semester Credit Hours: 24

                    Students in the PMC are strongly urged to complete BHIS 510 as the first course in their matriculation in the program. BHIS 510 is offered in all three semesters of the academic year.

                    • BHIS 437 Healthcare Data 3 credits
                    • BHIS 510 Healthcare Information Systems 4 credits
                    • BHIS 515 Management of Healthcare Communication Systems 4 credits
                    • BHIS 520 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design 4 credits
                    • BHIS 525 Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics
                    Note: pre-requisite course requirement is BHIS 510
                    4 credits
                    • BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics 4 credits
                    Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management Degree Requirements
                    • 60 semester or 90 quarter transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college/ program including UIC’s General Education requirements or completion of the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum plus specified prerequisites or the equivalent. Minimum GPA 2.50/4.00
                    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management Degree Requirements
                    • Minimum of a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
                    • 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale for all transferrable coursework
                    • Completion of specific prerequisite courses within last 5 years or by the end of the second semester in the program (These can be completed at another regionally accredited college or university.)

                    Our Policies

                    Add/Drop/Withdrawal Policy

                    Students may add or drop courses using the online registration system found in the myUIC student portal. During the university’s official drop period, students can drop a course at any time with Director of Graduate Study approval. Tuition refunds will be prorated according to published UIC policies. Once the drop period has passed, a petition process is required and may only be applied to extenuating circumstances (this does not include an unsatisfactory grade or a sudden work-related problem). The petition must be approved by the BHIS Director of Graduate Studies.

                    For detailed instructions on add/drop/withdrawals, please click here.

                    Commencement

                    Taking the Next Step

                    Graduation marks the culmination of your academic pursuits, and it is an exciting time in your personal and professional life. Given the many steps associated with completing your degree, proper planning is essential.

                    If you are within two semesters of finishing your program, we recommend that you contact your student advisor in order to review your coursework and confirm that you are on track to complete all course requirements. Then, early in your final semester, you must declare your intent to graduate online using the myUIC Student Self-Service Portal. The deadline for submission to the Pending Degree List for the term in which you plan to graduate is the end of the third week for the Fall and Spring semesters or the second week of Summer semester. Failure to submit your request may delay the awarding of your degree.

                    We encourage you to come to campus for graduation and celebrate with the faculty, the college, your family and your friends all that you have successfully accomplished. More information is available at the College of Applied Health Sciences website at www.ahs.uic.edu.

                    Leave of Absence

                    We’ve Got Your Back

                    Do you need to take time off from your degree program? Given the unpredictable nature of life, we understand that this may happen.

                    For information on UIC’s leave of absence guidelines, please click here.

                    Student Support

                    We Support Your Success

                    A strong system of support can make all the difference when it comes to achieving your educational and professional goals. From enrollment through commencement, our advisors are here to answer all your questions and provide you with the information and guidance you need to make important decisions about program selection, financial aid and much more.

                    At UIC, you are never alone. We are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of support available. We are your partner on this exciting and transformative journey, and we are committed to your success.

                    Meet Your Enrollment Advisors

                    With your first inquiry into UIC’s health informatics program, you will be assigned a personal enrollment advisor to help answer questions and guide you through the admission process. Your enrollment advisor is a valuable resource and is prepared to help you decide which UIC degree or certificate program best suits your needs and goals.

                      My motto is ‘Every single day I will use my talents and skills to contribute to something much bigger than I, which will go on forever and make an enduring difference.’ Working on the Enrollment Team with UIC’s Health Informatics program allows me to share insights about this exciting industry with future leaders in healthcare and IT. Our dynamic program helps prepare our students to successfully implement technology that will transform the healthcare system in the U.S. and other healthcare systems around the world.

                      I have been an enrollment advisor since April 2010. Prior to working for the University of Illinois at Chicago, I worked at a Hallmark Cards in Kansas City in Sales and Marketing. I am a native of Chicago and earned my bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I went on to receive my MBA from the University of Central Florida in 2007.

                      I absolutely love watching football, and my favorite sports team is the Chicago Bears!

                      Contact Joan Ziegler

                      10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday)
                      12:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Wednesday)
                      (Eastern Time)
                      1-866-674-4842 ext. 5041
                      j.ziegler@healthinformatics.uic.edu

                      Helping people with their education really is more than a job to me. It’s something I do in pretty much every aspect of my life.

                      I have held admissions, research and teaching roles for almost five years, and I have worked with both UIC Health Information Technology and Management programs since 2008. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Colorado State University.

                      When I’m not studying or assisting applicants, you can find me competing in marathons and triathlons.

                      Contact Meggan Johnson

                      11:30pm – 7:30pm (Wednesday and Thursday)
                      9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, and Friday)
                      (Eastern Time)
                      1-866-674-4842 ext. 5156
                      mjohnson@healthinformatics.uic.edu

                      Pursue your passion.

                      Mary received a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Central Florida in Environmental Science and Biology. Mary has worked in higher education for more than two years. Her family is currently working in the healthcare industry, giving her the ability to relate to those in the field.

                      Contact Mary Gangi

                      12:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Monday and Tuesday)
                      10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
                      (Eastern Time)
                      1-866-674-4842 ext. 5151
                      m.gangi@healthinformatics.uic.edu

                      Meet Your Student Advisors

                      As an online student at UIC, you have access to an unprecedented level of support through our highly skilled student advisors. No matter your question, we have an answer. From academic advising to technical support, we are here to provide you with the information you need to thrive throughout the length of your program and beyond.

                        The journey to achieve your degree will take hard work, determination and a positive outlook. It’s important not to lose sight of the destination – the degree and the knowledge that comes with it – when you hit a bump in the road.

                        Jennifer started her career in secondary education but ended up in higher education because of her passion for adult education. As a UIC Health Informatics program student advisor, she is committed to helping students keep a healthy and realistic perspective throughout their education. Jennifer enjoys being a source of support to students from program orientation through to graduation.

                        When she's not advising students, she enjoys music festivals, sculpting and painting, and all things television/film.

                        Contact Jennifer Sneddon

                        9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
                        10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Wednesday)
                        (Eastern Time)
                        1-866-226-7559 ext. 5062
                        j.sneddon1@healthinformatics.uic.edu

                        I love helping people achieve their goals.

                        Prior to joining the UIC family, I earned my degree in English Literature from Brooklyn College. Shortly after graduating, I had the pleasure of completing the New York City Teaching Fellowship. The strength of my educational background accelerated my teaching career, allowing me to work for several years as a high school English teacher in New York City as well as in Central Florida.

                        Now, as a student advisor for UIC’s health informatics programs, I am responsible for helping our students reach their academic goals. I answer technical questions, provide administrative assistance and offer the highest level of support possible to ensure that each student is positioned for success.

                        As you may have gathered from my background in English literature, I absolutely love to read and write. In my spare time, you can certainly find me enjoying a great book!

                        Contact Maria Agosta

                        8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Monday– Friday)
                        (Eastern Time)
                        1-866-226-7559 ext. 5097
                        M.agosta2@healthinformatics.uic.edu