Faculty


The Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management program is taught by faculty with extensive experience in health informatics and health information management, as well as health administration. .Courses are taught in partnership with faculty from the UW Master of Health Administration program, which is consistently ranked one of the top MHA programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Gretchen Murphy, M.Ed., RHIA, FAHIMA

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    Director, Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management Program

    M.Ed., University of Washington

    Gretchen Murphy is a senior lecturer in the UW Department of Health Services and the director of the UW master's program in health informatics and health information management. In addition to teaching courses, Murphy supervises student capstone projects. She has worked in health informatics and information management in a variety of health care settings. Her work has included managing clinical information systems, electronic health records projects and institution-wide programs for patient confidentiality and security. Murphy is also the co-author of three health information textbooks.

    Because of her significant contribution to advancing health information management as a discipline, Murphy was named a fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. She was also awarded the AHIMA Distinguished Member Award in 2004.

    gcmurphy@uw.edu | Phone: 206-543-5308

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  • Sarah H. Cave

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    MHA, University of Washington

    Sarah Cave is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services specializing in health care management and strategy. She has 15 years of experience in health care administration, including stints at ECG Management Consultants, Providence Health & Services and PeaceHealth. A graduate of the UW MHA program, Cave returned to the School of Public Health in 2014 as the chief operating officer, responsible for human resources administration, facilities and space management, strategic planning and other operations.

    scave@uw.edu | Phone: 206-221-5251

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  • Phil Haas, MBA

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services

    MBA, University of Chicago

    Phil Haas is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and a member of the board of trustees at Group Health Cooperative. Previously, he was network market head for Aetna, administrator of payer relations for Valley Medical Center, executive director of Virginia Mason Health Plan and president/CEO of First Choice Health Network. His areas of academic interest include health insurance, health care finance, managed care and comparative health systems.

    haasp@uw.edu | Phone: 206-915-7823

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  • Mary Alice Hanken, M.Ed., Ph.D., RHIA, CHPS

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    Ph.D. in Education, University of Washington

    Mary Alice Hanken has taught health informatics and health information management for more than 30 years. A seasoned consultant, she works with behavioral health and other health care providers to improve patient services and operations. She currently consults on quality improvement initiatives with Sound Mental Health, King County's largest behavioral health provider. Hanken is editor and chapter author of several health information textbooks, including Health Information: Management of a Strategic Resource.

    mahanken@uw.edu | Phone: 206-543-8810

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  • Susan Helbig, M.A., RHIA

    Affiliate Instructor, Department of Health Services

    M.A. in Adult Education, Seattle University

    Susan Helbig, an affiliate instructor in the Department of Health Services, has more than 35 years of experience in health informatics management. A consultant in HIM operations improvement, she specializes in transition and change management. Helbig was previously director of information support services for the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System. She has also served as HIM department manager at Harborview Medical Center and at Pacific Medical Centers.

    shelbig@uw.edu

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  • Branko Kopjar, M.S., M.D., Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Department of Health Services

    Director, Executive Master of Public Health Program

    M.S. in Biostatistics, University of Zagreb, Croatia

    M.D., University of Zagreb, Croatia

    Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Oslo, Norway

    Branko Kopjar is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services and the director of the Executive Master of Public Health program. He is also director of the Clinical Research Center (International Division) at Chongqing University in China. Kopjar's research and academic focus is on evidence-based health policy, clinical epidemiology and health outcomes. He has authored or co-authored over 400 scientific publications.

    brankok@uw.edu | Phone: 206-221-3349

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  • Cynthia LeRouge

    Associate Professor, Department of Health Services

    M.S in Accounting, University of New Orleans

    Ph.D. in Information Systems, University of South Florida

    Cynthia LeRouge is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services and director of the UW site of the Center for Health Organization Transformation. CHOT is an industry-university cooperative research center funded by the National Science Foundation and health organizations and designed to spur major management, clinical, and information technology innovations in health care. LeRouge's specializes in the study of health information systems, particularly in the areas of telemedicine, consumer health informatics and public health informatics. She has authored or edited more than 75 publications, including articles on telemedicine and consumer health technologies. She is currently co-editor in chief of Health Systems journal.

    lerouge@uw.edu | Campus Box: 357660

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  • David Masuda, M.D.

    Lecturer, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

    Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    M.D., University of North Dakota

    David Masuda, an adjunct lecturer, has been teaching in the Department of Health Services since 1999. His academic interests include applied pedagogy, educational technologies and distance learning.

    dmasuda@uw.edu

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  • Kurt O'Brien

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    MHROD, University of San Francisco

    Kurt O'Brien is a senior lecturer with the Department of Health Services specializing in the areas of leadership development and coaching, interpersonal skills development, team development, strategic planning and conflict resolution. He designs and conducts workshops on topics such as dialogue, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, influencing change and TeamSTEPPS.

    kcobrien@uw.edu | Phone: 206-221-1411

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  • Kathleen Peterson, M.S., RHIA, CCS

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    Director, Bachelor of Health Informatics & Health Information Management and Certificate in Health Informatics & Health Information Management

    M.S. in Health Services Administration, Central Michigan University

    Kathleen Peterson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services and the director of the HIHIM bachelor's degree program and post-baccalaureate certificate program. She specializes in clinical classifications, clinical terminologies and revenue cycle management. Peterson designs health informatics and health information management curricula for professional organizations and for traditional and online delivery in higher education. She also participates in health information leadership and policy initiatives in professional organizations and frequently presents at conferences as an expert in clinical terminologies and electronic health records.

    peterk4@uw.edu | Phone: 206-543-8810

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  • Marsha Steele, M.Ed., RHIA

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    M.Ed., University of Washington

    A senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services, Marsha Steele has worked as director, consultant, data manager and staff developer in hospitals, medical centers and residential and behavioral care facilities. She has juried papers on medical privacy and confidentiality, clinical terminologies, pathophysiology, electronic health records, health informatics and health information management systems. Steele has developed model HIHIM curricula for associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs.

    msteele2@uw.edu | Phone: 206-543-8810

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  • Dennis Stillman, M.H.A.

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    Director, MHA Programs

    M.H.A., University of Washington

    Dennis Stillman is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services and the director of MHA programs. He worked in health administration for 25 years, most recently as the chief financial officer of the University of Washington Medical Center.

    stillman@uw.edu | Phone: 206-221-7234

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  • Ken White, M.H.A., Ph.D.

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services

    M.H.A., University of Washington

    Ph.D. in Health Services, University of California, Los Angeles

    Ken White is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services. His research interests include health care quality assessment and patient satisfaction.

    kdwhite@uw.edu | Phone: 206-932-1718

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