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Dedicated to discovery
Our faculty pursues new knowledge that transforms healthcare practice and social systems.
AHS researchers and scholars describe in their own words how they're making a positive difference in our communities—and the world.
Improving patient safetyAssociate professor of biomedical and health information sciences Andrew Boyd is the co-author of the first quantitative study on the divergent scopes of practice for nurses and doctors. The study uniquely leveraged computer science technology to compare individual-level patient care provided by nurses and doctors using information routinely documented in the electronic health record.
Providing training to help prevent fallsHolding three National Institutes of Health R01 grants simultaneously, assistant professor of physical therapy Tanvi Bhatt is at the forefront of the national movement to understand and prevent injuries associated with falls in the elderly and people with neurological injuries.
Healing wounds of diabetesKinesiology professor Tim Koh is using a $2.2 million grant to study whether a drug taken orally to control blood-sugar levels in diabetic patients may promote wound healing when applied directly to damaged tissue.
You'll never know who you'll meet
Washieka Tenieka TorresPhD in Disability Studies, '23A disability rights scholar, activist and documentarian from the South Bronx in New York City and 2018 UIC Abraham Lincoln Fellowship recipient
Monica JasoBS in Rehabilitation Sciences, ’23A licensed massage therapist and triathlete who is passionate about exploring the relationship between physical activity and mental health in older adults
Alejandro CarrilloMS in Occupational Therapy, '23Recipient of the prestigious MOLA and Michael Reese Scholars Program Scholarship for his commitment to addressing inequities in Latinx health care
Sofia Garcia MartinezMS in Biomedical Visualization, '23An international student from Mexico with degrees in linguistics and computer science who is interested in game design and development as well as graphic novels for education
Ayomide OwoyemiPhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics, '24Co-founded Wellvis, the company that created a free online COVID-19 triage tool used by the Nigerian government
Jennifer CorralMS in Nutrition, '23Passionate about women's health and recipient of the Katharine S. Middleton Memorial / Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship
You can’t change the world with tunnel vision. Our diverse programs bring distinct expertise to a shared mission, complementing each other in expected and unexpected ways.
- Biomedical Visualization
- Disability and Human Development
- Health Informatics
- Health Information Management
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Rehabilitation Sciences
Biomedical Visualization + Nutrition =
Art and data
Students from two programs came together to produce a series of “Stairwell to Health” posters hanging on the stairwell landings in our main building. Nutrition students wrote the health-promoting tips; biomedical visualization students illustrated the advice with impossible-to-ignore graphics.
Kinesiology + Nutrition =
Recognizing the inseparable roles of physical activity and diet in daily health management, our programs in kinesiology and nutrition share a home department in AHS. Undergraduate students majoring in one field often choose a minor in the other.
Occupational Therapy + Rehabilitation Sciences =
A life-changing career
The entry-level degree for a career in OT is a master’s, and our MS program is ranked 4th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. For undergrads preparing for OT graduate studies, we offer a social-science-based, interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation sciences.
Physical Therapy + Occupational Therapy =
Serving the community
In 2016, the departments of OT and PT teamed up to develop and deliver training for 300 home care aides at the Chinese American Service League. Led by two professors and 19 students, the training covered techniques for helping seniors with impaired mobility transfer from one seat to another.
Nutrition + Kinesiology =
A team to "beet"
Alumni Austin Robinson ’12 MS KINES and Sofia Sanchez ’12 BS NUT teamed up to bring together their education in kinesiology and nutrition to create Beet Strong, a plant-based nutrition bar high in protein and fiber and made with ingridients which can increase blood flow and lower blood pressure.
Disability and Human Development + Physical Therapy =
Technology and disability health
Kelly Hsieh, associate professor of disability studies, leads “We Walk,” a project to assess the use of technology to promote physical activity in adults with intellectual disabilities and their family caregivers. Collaborator Shane Phillips, a physical therapy professor, brings expertise in the use of wearable monitors.
Health Informatics + Rehabilitation Sciences =
Health informatics professor Eric Swirsky teaches ethical practice courses in several AHS programs. His class in Ethics, Law and Professionalism in Rehabilitation Sciences is especially popular for students who want to work one-on-one with individuals in vulnerable situations.
Health Information Management + Physical Therapy =
Class and clinic
Every year, several health information management students complete their required practicum at the campus clinic run by our Department of Physical Therapy. Students collect data, perform workflow analyses, support faculty research and more.
Rehabilitation Sciences + Disability and Human Development =
The rehabilitation sciences program draws its curriculum and faculty from every program in the college. Many students in this social-science based major choose a minor in disability and human development.