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Denise Anthony to chair department at U-M School of Public Health

Friday, 09/24/2021

Denise Anthony, professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and in the Department of Sociology (by courtesy) and professor of Information at the School of Information, has been selected as the next chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy, effective Oct. 1.

The School of Information leadership team expects to announce Anthony’s successor as director of the Master of Health Informatics (MHI) degree program soon. 

The Master of Health Informatics degree is a two-year multidisciplinary program that prepares professionals to work at the intersection of patient healthcare, information technology and data analytics. It is a collaborative program governed by the School of Information (UMSI), the School of Public Health and the Medical School. Anthony served on the MHI faculty program committee since 2019 and became director of the program in 2020.   

“We extend our congratulations and gratitude to Professor Anthony,” said Thomas A. Finholt, dean of the School of Information. “Although her time as MHI director was short, her leadership was essential in furthering the MHI program and building stronger ties between the three MHI partners.” 

Elizabeth Yakel, C. Olivia Frost Collegiate Professor of Information and senior associate dean for academic affairs at UMSI, said, “UMSI along with our MHI partners, the School of Public Health and the Department of Learning Health Sciences in the Medical School, are committed to the MHI program and working to ensure a smooth transition in MHI program leadership. There will be no disruption to the academic program and student services will remain high.”

Michigan’s MHI program, one of the first in the United States, has been highly successful in preparing students for careers in healthcare, consulting, technology and beyond. In UMSI’s 2021 Employment Report, 97% of MHI graduates reported that they were working in their field of choice or continuing their education. Graduates from the program also report very high levels of job satisfaction.