Jae Presentation Notes

Christine Hudak


  • Professor of Health Informatics of Kent State University
  • "Health informatics is the application of technology tools and information systems in a health care setting or context"
  • Health Informatics is a mixture of both Health Informatics Technology and Health Informatics Management.
  • "Can’t make much money in either, so you need to have both"

Health Informatics Degree

  • First Class admitted in Fall 2011 with one student
  • One FT faculty/coordinator and 5 PT adjuncts
  • Certificate & MS in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management
  • Board of Trustees just approved MS in Health Informatics to replace MS in IAKM
  • Currently transferring Certificate program to Master’s, with identical courses.
  • Courses predetermined by accrediting body, Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information management Education (CAHIIM)
  • Electives determined by current trends, such as User Experience Design, Computer Security, Project Management, etc. and change over time.
  • Culminating experience as internship, project, or thesis for Ph.D, quantitative/qualitative research
    • Example: Student in National Health Service in Britain
    • Example: Zimbabwe
    • Example: Student adapted software for genomics
      • Started a whole new line for company
  • Options selected with advisor based on student’s goals
  • Internship locations at Akron, Blue Chip Consulting, Cleveland Clinic, Northern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Job Prospects

  • American Medical Informatics Association: Need >50,000 health IT workers in next five to seven years.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts: employment opportunities to increase by 22%
    • Creating new category for Health Informatics because of its new importance in the modern era

To ask any further questions:

  • Email: ude.tnek|3kaduhc#ude.tnek|3kaduhc
  • Twitter: @informatics1
  • Skype: christine.hudak

Reason why students come:

  • Underwater basket weavers: No degree. Don’t want to get sick or see blood but want to work in hospital.
  • Mid-level professionals: Want to move forward on the hierarchy
  • Established professionals: CIOs who need credentials.

Question 1: Women in Computer Science

  • "Chicks in IT" is a group for female empowerment
  • Cultural and institutional disparities going away
  • "Women are more empathetic so we need more"

Question 2: Culminating Experience

  • Focus on getting a new experience
    • Example: New experience in managerial position
  • Paid internships are fine

Question 3: Dynamic change in the different statuses of students (CIO vs sociology major)

  • There is no hierarchy
  • Discussion groups set to be "equal" without clear categories between groups

Question 4: Qualifications for Program

  • 3.00 GPA in Undergraduate
  • 2.75 ~ 3.00 GPA: Provisional acceptance
  • 2.5 ~ 2.75 GPA: Decision on Ms. Hudak
  • 2.0 ~ 2.5: Decision on Ms. Hudak but recommended to take GREs

Question 5: Salary graduating from Health Informatics

  • All 42 graduates making 6 figures
  • Starting at 80,000 at Cleveland
  • Vendors pay slightly higher than hospitals

Question 6: How much are coders needed in managerial positions

  • A lot, especially in data science
    • Not many people who can normalize data between hospitals

Question 7: How hard is the work-life balance for getting certificate or masters?

  • Relatively easy to balance because asynchronous times
    • 3 AM office hours on Skype
  • Number of hours for class predicted and given to students in advance
  • Don't have to finish in 2 years if you don't want to

Question 8: Difference between certificate and masters

  • Certificate has no final project or culminating experience
  • Differences between bachelor's, certificate, and master's seen not in day-to-day roles but seen in managerial roles
  • Certificates are given more entry-level roles