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.”

Dr. 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. He is the director of the health informatics program and curriculum.

“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 healthcare paradigm.”

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