PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Illinois at Chicago
The PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) program at UIC prepares future academicians and health care industry leaders to advance the discovery and application of new ideas that enable complex decision-making and promote the introduction of health information technology. Today's decision-making is increasingly driven by data and collaborative practice, while health information technology is simultaneously productive and disruptive.
This program is structured to be delivered face-to-face, full-time, using an extensive mentorship model. It is contemporary in terms of technology-based learning, with a small number of courses delivered online or in a blended model.
By design, this PhD:
- Develops interdisciplinary teamwork skills through interprofessional education;
- Cultivates emotional intelligence for career success in a complex industry;
- Encourages cultural competence to recognize the role culture (organizational, health professional or patient culture) plays in team-based, patient-centric care across care settings across the life span; and
- Promotes engaged scholarship to contribute to more efficient delivery mechanisms to reform health care.
- Develop scholars to solve the complex knowledge management issues facing the health care industry along two foci—systems science and social/organizational science–through collaborative interactions involving academia, industry and health care entities;
- Build scholars with capacity and expertise along the continuum of informatics, having sufficient knowledge of discipline language and workflow to enable them to work comfortably in, across, and at the interstices of the health care disciplines; and
- Produce engaged scholars able to advance a discipline continually exposed to disruptive innovation in technology and regulation.
The multicollege faculty designed the coursework and emphasis tracks to reflect the AMIA biomedical informatics core competencies published in 2012.