How UIC’s Health Informatics program prepares students for their careers
Dr. Miriam Isola, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Spyros Kitsiou, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Summary: Dr. Isola and Dr. Kitsiou of the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences explain how UIC prepares students for their professional careers in the field of health informatics.
Through an inter-disciplinary curriculum, students are equipped with a strong foundation of analytics, technology, system analysis and design, mobile health and ethics. They learn how to become leaders and make changes in their organization by combining clinical expertise with the application of information and communication technologies.
The role my courses will play as students move into their professional careers is they will be working in healthcare organizations to use the technology that has been installed. We’ve been focused for the last 10 years or more on installing technology, so now we’re kind of at a point in healthcare where we need to get value from those technology investments. Our courses and my course in Analytics really starts to look at how you use and get benefit from this technology. That’s going to be important to everybody as they move into whatever role they go into after graduation.
Our MHI program does prepare students to tackle these and many more challenges by having an inter-disciplinary comprehensive curriculum that provides a strong foundation in health informatics in key, core competencies, such as health information technology, systems analysis and design, mobile health informatics, as well as ethics in health informatics.
And many other areas that prepare our students to lead changes in the healthcare system by combining clinical expertise with the application of information and communication technologies.