Master of Health Informatics Good News

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Congratulations: Mitchell Dierkes and Jacqueline Nash, master’s students in Health Administration on getting published

“COVID-19 and PTSD: A Discussion of the Potential Impact on Radiology Professionals” by Mitchell Dierkes and Jacqueline Nash, master’s students in Health Administration, along with Sandra Collins, Richard McKinnies and Scott Collins, all faculty in the School of Health Sciences, was published recently in Radiology Journal.

Congratulations: Courtney Collins, a student in the Masters of Health Administration program on getting published

Courtney Collins, a student in the Masters of Health Administration program, along with Sandra Collins, Richard McKinnies and Scott Collins, all faculty in the School of Health Sciences, received the Gary Boyd Outstanding Feature Award for the co-authored publication titled: “An Exploration of Anti-Kickback Issues for Radiology Managers” published in the Radiology Management journal earlier this year. Courtney Collins earned a bachelor degree in Health Care Management and a master’s degree in Medical Dosimetry.   

Please join me in Congratulating:  

  • Akmal Asoev – MHA
  • Puja Jha – MHI 
  • Hannah Kohrs - HCM
Due to their academic performance, volunteer service, and leadership potential, All Akmal, Puja, and Hannah were selected by Health Care Management faculty to be recognized by the Mid-America Health Care Executives Forum (MAHCEF) this year. MAHCEF is an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). To learn more about MAHCEF, please check out their website at Information about ACHE can be located at
All MAHCEF award recipients, Akmal, Puja, and Hannah, will receive from MAHCEF a certificate of recognition and a cash gift. 

Good News:

NEW: Now offering a Certificate in Healthcare Informatics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates the healthcare sector will add more than 4 million jobs by 2026, potentially becoming the largest employment sector in the United States.

To meet this projected growth, the Masters of Health Informatics (MHI) has designed a high-demand, post-baccalaureate certificate structured to fill the workforce demand.

Certificate in Healthcare Informatics

The BLS predicts a faster than average increase in fields related to healthcare information and a much faster than average expected increase for positions involving the analysis of complex data related to operational issues. This practically includes areas associated with improving patient care and/or reducing healthcare costs.

In today’s healthcare industry, healthcare informatics is central to the education of healthcare professionals. The ability to collect and analyze the enormous amount of patient information for the purposes of making clinical and administrative decisions toward quality of care improvements is vital to the survival of today’s healthcare organizations. Individuals with specialized knowledge in the areas of healthcare informatics and information analysis will lead the digital healthcare transformation.

The Certificate in Healthcare Informatics (CHI) is designed for practicing healthcare professionals, both administrative and clinical, who are seeking continued knowledge specific to healthcare information and informatics. It is open to post-bachelor level students holding a degree in healthcare management/administration (or closely related field) and/or a bachelor’s level degree and license in a clinical specialty.

The CHI is available in both the online and on-campus format.

The CHI is designed to provide the knowledge and skills specifically needed for licensed health professionals to hold roles in clinical leadership. It also serves as a transition certificate toward earning a master’s degree given a number of courses (once successfully completed in the CHI) may count as courses completed in the Masters of Health Administration and/or the Masters of Health Informatics.

Students pursuing a CHI will gain knowledge and skills germane to healthcare informatics in patient care environments through courses associated with the collection, analysis, and interoperability of data in patient care environments. Courses will specifically focus on improving operations, patient care delivery, and supporting regulatory expectations specific to the field of healthcare.

Students must complete 18 semester hours of graduate level study, all at SIUC, with a C or above in all required courses which includes:

       CHI 510, 3 - Effective Healthcare Operations.

       CHI 515, 3 - Systems Analysis, Design, and Database Management in Healthcare

       CHI 525, 3 - Health Informatics Applications and Project Management

       CHI 566, 3 - Managing Health Information

       CHI 581, 3 - Health Information Exchange

       CHI 584, 3 - Consumer Informatics

Students earning a grade lower than a C may retake individual courses only once. If a grade of C or higher is not received on the second attempt of an individual course, the student is removed from the certificate program due to academic performance. Online courses are restricted to online students and on-campus courses are restricted to on-campus students.



Dual degree Masters of Health Administration (MHA) and Masters of Health Informatics (MHI) students represented Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) at the annual Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) conference with their presentation on Malcolm-Baldrige Criteria as it Correlates to Health Care Management Curriculum. The meeting was held this week in New Orleans! The sisters are both graduates of the Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management and now in the dual graduate programs, one in the online format and one in the oncampus format! Congratulations to both of these promising Salukis. We are so proud of you! Savanah Hopkins, Courtney Collins #AUPHA #SIUC #MHA #MHI #HCM #ThatsaSaluki #CASA #SAH #Saluki #SAH