MHI program welcomes first class

With origins ranging from across the U.S. and China, the first full cohort of students has begun its studies in the interdisciplinary Health Informatics program. The 20 students embarking on the 52-credit-hour MHI program have interests and experience as diverse as their geographic backgrounds. But they all share a passion for technology and health and are already envisioning new ways to improve the intersections between the two.

Some students are interested in greater integration among systems that must coordinate seamlessly in hospital and health care settings, others in extending the knowledge of health informatics to entrepreneurs building new businesses. A common theme is that many of the students have professional work experience, and they understand that information is a strategic resource that must be expertly interpreted, integrated and applied.

Lindsay Virost, a research analyst from Aurora, OH, states, “I believe my MHI degree will give me the tools for hands-on development, implementation and maintenance of health system capabilities. In addition to furthering my career in research, this degree will make me marketable in other sector of the industry.”

Anh Truong of Stockton, CA, who volunteered at a local medical clinic, says simply, “I plan to apply what I learn to the real world.”

The U-M program has a distinctive emphasis on developing leaders for a wide range of potential careers in this rapidly growing field. The curriculum focuses on issues in consumer health informatics, in addition to issues in clinical and population health informatics. Graduates will be prepared with the skills and knowledge to innovate and to lead efforts to improve the use of information in promoting better health and health care delivery.

Posted on September 1, 2012