Annette L. Valenta, DrPH

Annette L. Valenta

Professor Emerita, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences

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1919 W. Taylor St., 250 AHSB

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Office Hours

By appointment


Dr. Valenta received her BS, MPH and DrPH from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and holds a Certificate in On-Line Teaching and Learning from California State University, Hayward. After a decade of corporate consulting and professional association program administration, she returned in 1991 to develop UIC’s model curriculum in informatics, the first national federally funded graduate-level specialization in health informatics and information management. In 1997, with funding from the Sloan Foundation and UI-OnLine, she moved the face-to-face Certificate in Health Informatics to an online format. By 2000, she had established the online MS in Health Informatics.

Funded through AHRQ, HHS, and DOD, her research focuses on organizational issues surrounding health technology, including the role of information technology in patient safety. She has published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Academic Medicine, JALN: Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, and International Journal of Computational Models and Algorithms in Medicine.

Selected Grants

National Science Foundation (NSF), IGERT: Electronic Security and Privacy: Technological, Human, Enterprise and Legal Considerations, Co-Principal Investigator

NIH National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, Director, Mentoring Program, Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH) Initiative

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), The Seven Pillars: Crossing the Patient Safety-Medical Liability Chasm, Co-Investigator

US Air Force, Office of the Surgeon General, Modernization Directorate, Continued Development of the AF/SGR "Tricorder" Program for Homeland Security, Military, Public Health, and Medical Operations, Principal Investigator of Aspect 2

Leadership in the Profession

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Accreditation Committee, Chair

Notable Honors

2016 - Leadership Award, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)


DrPH, Health Resources Management, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1981
Traveling Scholar, Program in Hospital Administration, University of Chicago Administration and Finance, 1978
Term at L'Unite Pedagogique Numero 3, Environmental psychology (interface between humans and surroundings) in hospital design, Versailles, France, 1977
Student at large, History of Architecture and Art, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1976
MPH, Health Care Services, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1975
BS, Premedicine (biology major, chemistry minor), University of Illinois at Chicago, 1974

Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design, American Hospital Association/American Institute of Architects, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, 1981

Certificate training
Certificate in On-Line Teaching and Learning, California State University, 1998
Certificate in Business Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1991