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.”