Health informatics growing, thriving
Since 1992, the University of Illinois at Chicago has offered courses in health informatics. The high-tech medical record-keeping programs went online in 2005 and are the only 100 percent online program in the US. The instruction uses current interactive distance-learning tools and techniques: wikis, blogs and online class discussions.
The UIC Public Health Informatics programs are designed to develop experts in the systematic application of information technology to public health practice, research and learning. UIC offers two post-graduate certificate programs and an MS in Health Informatics. More than half of the students are from outside Illinois and many are from outside the US.
Program alumni command good salaries, according to Larry Pawola, director of the program. He predicts UIC graduates will be at the forefront of the informatics field as it grows in response to the push to convert paper records to electronic form. Pawola says that program graduates make sure that medical records systems work and achieve a return on investment for hospitals and clinics.
The UIC School of Public Health is dedicated to excellence in protecting and improving the health and well-being of the people of metropolitan Chicago, Illinois, the nation and world. The school educates scientists, professionals and the public health professionals; conducts research; provides public health services; and formulates public health policy.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an urban university intimately connected to its home in one of the nation's largest and most diverse cities. One of the top 50 research universities in the US, UIC is committed to creating and disseminating new knowledge. Separately funded research in 2009-10 was more than $281 million.
Health Informatics Program
School of Public Health
University of Illinois at Chicago