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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Location:   Champaign, IL

Department:   Kinesiology and Community Health

 

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PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Title of program:

Health Technology (MS)

Year human factors/ergonomics
program was established:

2019

Accredited by HFES?

No

Contact person for more information, including applications:

Nicole Holtzclaw-Stone
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
1206 South Fourth St, MC 588
Champaign, IL 61820
217-300-1001
healthtech@illinois.edu

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Academic calendar:

Semester

Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered:

MS

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.

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years:

0

Can students attend part-time?

No

Are required courses offered through distance learning?

 Only for the final course offered in the summer

Are required courses offered during summer?

Yes


APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadlines:

Fall: Mar 1 for full consideration for admission and scholarships; Apr 1 final deadline for international students; May 1 final deadline for domestic students

 

Application Fees:

$70

 


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements

  • GPA: 3.0
  • Other: GRE is required, but 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
Linear Algebra
Research Methods

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/year
Illinois Non-residents & International students: $40,000


ADMISSIONS

Number of students applying to the human factors/ergonomics program last year:

NA

Number of students accepted into the program last year:

NA

Number of students entering the program last year:

NA

Anticipated number of openings per year for the next two years:

20-30


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance:

NA

Amount received per year:

NA

Types of assistance available:

Scholarships are available for program applicants. All applications are forwarded to our scholarship committee for consideration.

When should students apply for financial assistance?

At the same time as submitting application for admission


DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate degree offered:

MS

Number of units required:

36 hours

Exams required:

None

Language requirements:

None

Research required:

None

Practical experience required:

Capstone Project-summer term

Typical number of years required to obtain degree:

1

Is there a non-thesis option?

Yes-only option


CURRICULUM

Required Courses (units):

  • Understanding Users of Health Technology  (4 credit hours) required

  • Human Factors Methods for Health Technology (4 credit hours) required

  • Hardware Engineering for Health Technology (4 credit hours) required

  • Software Engineering for Health Technology (4 credit hours) required

  • Health Technology Capstone Project Orientation (1 Credit hour) required

  • Health Technology Capstone Project Development (3 credit hours) required

  • Health Technology Capstone Project Implementation (4 credit hours) required, online

  • Electives (12 credit hours) (Choose from a list of 20+ courses) (some online, varies)

Electives:

Students are required to take 3 electives (12 hours) from an approved list that includes engineering as well as health sciences courses.

Average or typical class size in a required course:

10-30


RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

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:
NA

Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students:Our Health Technology research 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.


STUDENT STATISTICS

No student stats are available – we are recruiting our first class of students for Fall 2020.


FACULTY

Wendy A. Rogers, PhD 1991, Georgia Institute of Technology; technology design, aging, human-computer interaction

Timothy Hale, PhD 2011, University of Alabama; usability, healthcare, design

Nicole Holtzclaw-Stone, PhD 2004, Michigan State University; qualitative research methods, cross-cultural perspectives

Harshal Mahajan, PhD 2012, University of Pittsburgh; rehabilitation engineering, humna computer interaction, participatory design

[Updated October 2020]