Location: Champaign, IL
Department: Kinesiology and Community Health
Directory of Graduate Programs
Year human factors/ergonomics
program was established:
Contact person for more information, including applications:
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
1206 South Fourth St, MC 588
Champaign, IL 61820
Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered:
Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the programs:
The MS in Health Technology is a one year professional program that combines human factors, engineering principles, and design. The objective of the program is to train health technology professionals to be able to work on interdisciplinary teams in industry and research. The MSHT represents a collaboration between the College of Applied Health Sciences and the Grainger College of Engineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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Can students attend part-time?
Are required courses offered through distance learning?
Only for the final course offered in the summer
Are required courses offered during summer?
Fall Admission Only. Applications open October 1. Early decision deadline is December 1. Final deadline is March 1. All applicants are considered for scholarships and fellowships
$70 domestic students; $90 international students
- GPA: 3.0
- Other: GRE is optional, applications are evaluated holistically
Undergrad Degrees, Backgrounds, or Course Work Required
Open to all undergraduate majors with completion of prerequisite courses:
Introduction to Computer Science
Introduction to Statistics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Public health
Importance of other criteria as admission factors:
- Previous research activity: low
- Relevant work experience: medium
- Extracurricular activities: medium
- Letters of recommendation: high
- Personal interview: NA
Tuition and fees
Illinois residents: $28,000 + campus fees for the entire, one-year program
Illinois Non-residents & International students: $40,000 + campus fees for the entire, one-year program
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Scholarships are available for program applicants. All applications are forwarded to our scholarship committee for consideration.
When should students apply for financial assistance?
No additional application materials are needed. The Scholarship Committee reviews all applicants based on their application materials.
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Practical experience required:
Capstone Project-summer term
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Is there a non-thesis option?
Required Courses (units):
Understanding Users of Health Technology (4 credit hours)
Human Factors Methods for Health Technology (4 credit hours)
Hardware Engineering for Health Technology (4 credit hours)
Software Engineering for Health Technology (4 credit hours)
Health Technology Capstone Project Orientation (1 Credit hour)
Health Technology Capstone Project Development (3 credit hours)
Health Technology Capstone Project Implementation (4 credit hours), online
Students are required to take 3 electives (12 hours) from an approved list that includes engineering as well as health sciences courses.
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Research and support facilities available to students in the program:
The McKechnie Family LIFE Home (Living in Interactive Future Environments) is a multi-function space that includes a simulated home environment for research, classroom and learning event space, and a health technology innovation lab. The University of Illinois also hosts numerous maker-spaces, labs, and world class library facilities to support MS in Health Technology students.
Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students:
Our Health Technology research (capstone project) spans a broad range of topics, reflecting the interdisciplinary and complex nature of healthcare. Examples include developing applications to support patients and their care (e.g., medication adherence, health tracking, clinical assessment); smart-home technology (e.g., activity sensors, falls detection, telewellness); social and assistive robots; digital home assistants; social engagement tools; and virtual reality. We focus on supporting individuals of all ages, with all levels of ability, with a goal to maximize their health and quality of life.
Careers of MS in Health Technology Graduates:
Human Factors Engineer
Innovation and Operations Analyst
Human Factors Associate
Freelance/Client Service Manager
Wendy A. Rogers, PhD 1991, Georgia Institute of Technology; technology design, aging, human-computer interaction
Katelyn Talbott, EdD 2021, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, graduate student success, online students, graduate student support
Timothy Hale, PhD 2011, University of Alabama; usability, healthcare, design
Avi Gupta, PhD 2021, Oklahoma State University. Human-Computer Interaction, eXtended Reality (XR), Health Technology, Information Modeling
Harshal Mahajan, PhD 2012, University of Pittsburgh; rehabilitation engineering, human computer interaction, participatory design
[Updated July 2023]