Choosing the master’s in Health Informatics from UC can align you with some of the nation’s finest academic minds in health care, information technology, business, analytics and more. In addition, you will have the support of your own personal enrollment advisor, program coordinator and program manager. Their goal is to help you achieve success through every stage of your educational experience, from application to graduation.
Dr. Victoria Wangia, Program Director
Prior to her current role, Dr. Wangia-Anderson was a faculty member at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the Center for Health Informatics. She earned her PhD in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota and completed a fellowship program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has taught a wide range of Health Informatics courses for more than 10 years.
Dr. Wangia-Anderson was a program director for a national health information technology project funded by the Office of the National Coordinator at the Department of Health and Human Services. She has been involved in various U.S. health policy initiatives aimed at engaging patients and clinicians in the use and adoption of health information technology and exchange, and addressing electronic health information privacy and security issues. She is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the American Health Information Management Association and the American Public Health Association. She is also a reviewer for the International Journal of Medical Informatics.
In 2015, Dr. Wangia-Anderson was appointed to the HIMSS TIGER national committee. HIMSS is the largest U.S. health informatics professional organization with more than 50,000 members. In 2016 she was nominated to co-chair the TIGER national committee.
Dr. Dong-Gil Ko, Associate Professor
Dr. Ko holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, an MBA in International Business/Finance from the George Washington University, and a doctorate in Management of Information Systems from the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.
He is an active researcher, having published in elite journals including Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, and Information Systems Research. He served on the editorial board of Information Systems Research as an associate editor. Dr. Ko has been consistently recognized for teaching excellence, having taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. With more than eight years of industry consulting experience (e.g., Accenture, SAIC, DoD), he offers unique experiences to his students. He has supervised more than 30 digital technology client-based projects or startups, having secured external funding for nearly all for-profit projects. On international front, Dr. Ko regularly leads study-abroad programs serving as a faculty liaison to Audencia School of Management in Nantes, France.
Dr. Denise White, Instructor
Denise White, PhD, MBA, is an assistant professor for the UC Department of Pediatrics and an efficiency/productivity consultant in quality and transformation analytics in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
She is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business, where she received her PhD in Operations Management with a focus on Health Care Operations. She holds a BS degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and has secured her master’s in Business Administration (MBA) along with a certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Dr. White’s research interests lie in the areas of capacity management, hospital flow and scheduling. She has participated in efforts to improve resource utilization across the organization and partners with the University of Cincinnati to deliver graduate and undergraduate courses in health care operations management.
Dr. Carlos Aguilar, Instructor
Dr. Carlos Aguilar is an adjunct assistant professor of the College of Allied Health Sciences and Medicine in the College of Medicine at University of Cincinnati.
He is board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as in Clinical Informatics by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He earned his master's degree in the Clinical and Translation Research - Informatics track from the University of Cincinnati. He has worked at the UC Center for Health Informatics developing their I2B2 cell and for UC Health with their EHR validation, implementation and optimization phases. He chaired the UC Internal Medicine clinical decision support work group. He is an Epic-certified physician builder and physician build analytics. He has experience in clinical trials research and informatics lead quality improvement projects. Currently he is the chief medical information officer of the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He has broad teaching experience at the College of Medicine with medical students and residents, and he has served as well as an invited speaker in graduate courses. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and member of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Dr. Andala Khan, Instructor
Dr. Andala Khan is a physician and graduate of the Public Health Informatics Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
She has a strong interest in public health and chronic disease prevention. She currently works at the CDC at the Division of Community Health, NCCDPHP, and as an online adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Khan utilizes her informatics skill set and knowledge of medicine to design, implement and conduct studies as well as manage projects related to public health problems. She has the training and knowledge to be able to provide expert scientific advice to variety of organizations regarding informatics and its future development.
Dr. Xidong Deng, Instructor
Dr. Xidong Deng is a health scientist specialized in health informatics at the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
She holds a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the IHE Quality, Research, and Public Health (QRPH) Technical Committee. Her current interests are in controlled vocabulary and data standards, distributed computing, interoperability and health information exchange, EHR systems, and evaluation of health information systems.
Professor David Rapien, Assistant Professor-Educator
Professor Rapien is an assistant professor-educator in the Lindner College of Business in addition to his role as the Information Systems undergraduate program director. He graduated summa cum laude with a triple major in Quantitative Analysis, Marketing and Management from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business. A year later, in 1996, he earned a Master of Business from UC with a focus in Quantitative Analysis. He currently teaches the Information System Capstone, Web Development in .Net, Digital Technologies in Business, and Health and Informatics master's courses.
Dr. Abel Gyan, Assistant Professor-Educator
Dr. Abel Gyan earned his DHSc in Global Health from Nova Southeastern University, his MS in Health Informatics from Northern Kentucky University, his MBA in Finance from the University of Leicester, and his BA in Economics and Geography from University of Science and Technology, Ghana. He is a registered health information administrator (RHIA).
Prior to joining UC, Dr. Gyan worked with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College as program manager, Health IT, and Chartered Institute of Managers as an instructor. His academic research interests are centered on health information systems, health records management, workflow analysis, health data analysis, health care reimbursement, project management and global health.
Dr. Christopher Boone, Instructor
Christopher Boone, PhD, MSHA, FACHE, CPHIMS, PMP, currently serves as a part-time faculty member at the University of Cincinnati in the College of Allied Health Sciences, Master of Healthcare Informatics program.
Dr. Boone holds a BS in Management Information Systems, an MS in Healthcare Administration, and a PhD in Public Affairs and Health Policy from the University of Texas at Dallas. His doctoral thesis was focused on addressing informatics barriers to conducting observational comparative effectiveness research. In addition, he is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a Certified Professional of Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Dr. Renee' Rowell, Instructor
Renee' Rowell, PhD, RHIA, CCS, has a long history of leadership and excellence in health care, including more than 20 years in health information management and health informatics. With more than 15 years in the academic field of health care, Dr. Rowell also brings to the table real-world experience. She has served as a senior program analyst with the Office of the National Coordinator in the Office of Interoperability and Standards, where she helped implement HITECH legislation in Washington, D.C., as well as providing guidance to the state of Nebraska through the state-designated Regional Extension Center as a meaningful use specialist.
Dr. Rowell received her PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education in 2015, an MS in Health Services Management in 1997, and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1984. She also holds industry credentials of Registered Health Information Administrator and Certified Coding Specialist through AHIMA.
Matt Willis, Assistant Professor-Educator
Matt Wills is an Assistant Professor-Educator in the Master of Health Informatics program at UC. He completed the Doctor of Science (D.Sc) degree in Healthcare Information Systems from Dakota State University in 2012 along with dual specializations in decision support/expert systems and knowledge management. Matt has considerable experience in course design and program development, and has taught a wide variety of informatics, information systems and computer science courses.
Matt’s early research focused on technology acceptance, use and user performance. His dissertation work adapted and extended the cornerstone Task-Technology Fit (TTF) theory to the clinical domain, and investigated technology-mediated performance related to the clinical-reasoning (diagnostic decision-making) task. Combining TTF with clinical decision theory produced a model able to explain the influence of several key characteristics of EMR technology on clinical reasoning performance. Currently his research interests include healthcare data analytics/data science, technology ethics and pedagogy.
While Matt believes that an active research agenda is critical to staying relevant as a teacher, his passion is truly for teaching. He believes that online teaching demands a new pedagogy - where teaching, learning and assessment activities are designed collaboratively with expert educational technologists. The objectives are to build and foster active, vibrant learning communities where students are engaged intellectually and socially. He approaches his teaching from the dual perspectives of art and science – science guides design and art brings it to life.
Matt is the founder and President of Scholaris Cognos Publishing, LLC. At Scholaris the focus is: 1. development, implementation and management of high-quality, peer-reviewed academic, scholarly and scientific journals and 2. Academic and Scientific conference development and management. All Scholaris journals are open-access - published research is available at no cost, immediately upon publication, world-wide. The first titles to launch in early 2018 include the American Journal of Gun Violence and Policy Studies and the Journal of Data Science in Healthcare.
Stephanie Mack, Program Coordinator
Stephanie Mack holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Northern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in Teacher Education from Marian University. Stephanie began her professional career as a secondary school teacher before transitioning into health care as an electronic medical record instructional designer and trainer. She brings her knowledge of health care and education to support the program and its students.
Erick Edmond, Program Manager
Erick Edmond’s passion for education and basketball earned him a scholarship to Mayville State University in North Dakota. While there, he earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in Business and the other in Psychology. After graduation, Edmond played basketball in Mexico for a few years before moving on to several customer service management roles. Today, as a program manager for UC, he enjoys helping others accomplish their dreams for professional and personal growth.