The benefits of studying Health Informatics at UIC
Dr. Jacob Krive, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Dr. Spyros Kitsiou, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Dr. Joanna Abraham, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Dr. Miriam Isola, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
From classes taught by faculty with diverse backgrounds and experiences to utilizing the latest in educational technologies, UIC delivers a world-class education to students no matter where they are. The health informatics program is dedicated to an inter-disciplinary approach that combines research, theory and real-world applications.
UIC offers that unique opportunity of being a very traditional, strong research school. We’re one of the most research intensive institutions in the world. At the same time, we are utilizing the latest of educational technologies and methods to put our content out there on the web and deliver it to students no matter where they’re located. We also combine the strengths of faculty who come from different research perspectives, who come from industry or may have been involved in industry before they joined the team, and we’re really strong in combining that research and industry foundation with academic perspectives and blend them together. You’re receiving a course from a well known research institution that earned a reputation in academic circles and at the same time you can access it at any time. You can get the latest and greatest information as part of your content without necessarily coming on campus.
To stay on the vanguard of the changing health informatics field, our MHI program includes a lot of faculty members who are researchers, we also have a lot of faculty members that are cross-appointed, they’re coming from different colleges and different departments, so computer science or college of medicine. We also have a large number of adjunct faculty that have industry experience, they work in the healthcare industry, in hospitals, in companies and they bring special expertise our program.
The other important factor is that contribute to UIC being a number 1 institution is that we are affiliated to Illinois medical district which is important if you have to do some kind of technology commercialization or development or even prototyping and that’s a big opportunity for students to try things out especially if they plan to take an industry path.
Also, UIC is a diverse environment that supports students from a variety of different backgrounds to be successful. I’ve been associated with UIC myself for the last 25 years. I’ve worked here. I’ve been a student here. I graduated from the School of Public Health, and so I speak from experience. I know that UIC is a great place to learn and work.