University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Location:   Champaign, IL

Department:   Kinesiology and Community Health


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Title of program:

Health Technology (MS)

Year human factors/ergonomics
program was established:


Accredited by HFES?


Contact person for more information, including applications:

Katelyn Talbott
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
1206 South Fourth St, MC 588
Champaign, IL 61820


Academic calendar:


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.

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years:


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?



Application deadlines:

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

Application Fees:

$70 domestic students; $90 international students



Minimum requirements

  • 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
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 + campus fees for the entire, one-year program
Illinois Non-residents & International students: $40,000 + campus fees for the entire, one-year program


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


Number of students accepted into the program last year:


Number of students entering the program last year:


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



Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance:


Amount received per year:

Amount varies

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?

No additional application materials are needed. The Scholarship Committee reviews all applicants based on their application materials.


Graduate degree offered:


Number of units required:

36 hours

Exams required:


Language requirements:


Research required:


Practical experience required:

Capstone Project-summer term

Typical number of years required to obtain degree:


Is there a non-thesis option?

Yes-only 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.

Average or typical class size in a required course:



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:

Data Engineer
Human Factors Engineer
UI/UX Designer
Innovation and Operations Analyst
UX Researcher
Human Factors Associate
Freelance/Client Service Manager
Validation Engineer
Product 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]