The Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management program is taught by faculty with extensive experience in health informatics, health information management and 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.
Kathleen Peterson, MS, RHIA, CPHI, CCS – Director
Kathleen Peterson is the director of the UW's health informatics and health information management programs, which includes bachelor and master's degrees and a post-baccalaureate certificate. A senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services, she specializes in clinical classifications, clinical terminologies and revenue cycle management. Peterson designs health informatics and health information management curricula for traditional and online delivery in higher education and by professional organizations. She also participates in health information leadership and policy initiatives in professional organizations and frequently presents at professional conferences as an expert in clinical terminologies and electronic health records. Peterson holds a master’s degree in health services administration from Central Washington University.
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Sarah Cave, MHA
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 chief operating officer, responsible for human resources administration, facilities and space management, strategic planning and other operations.
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James Condon, EdD, RHIA, CTR
Jim Condon is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services and the associate director of UW's health informatics and health information managemetn programs. Condon has taught courses in health information management, health informatics and public health since 1999. He has served as an HIM program director, program recruiter, section manager and cancer registrar. His research interests include student outcomes, health care disparities and EHR adoption by primary care physicians. Condon holds a BS in health information management from the Medical College of Georgia and an EdD in higher education leadership from Georgia Southern University.
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Kurt O'Brien, MHROD
Kurt O’Brien is a senior lecturer with the Department of Health Services. He specializes in leadership development and coaching, interpersonal skills development, team development, strategic planning and conflict resolution, and he designs and conducts workshops on topics such as dialogue, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, influencing change and TeamSTEPPS. O’Brien has a MHROD degree from the University of San Francisco.
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Magaly (Maggie) Ramirez is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services. Her research focuses on the role of information technology (IT) in efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care. In particular, she studies how to design health IT to facilitate the delivery of care for chronic physical and mental health conditions and to promote self-management among populations with higher health risks due to race or ethnic minority background. At the UW, her affiliation with the Latino Center for Health will enable her to conduct collaborative research to discover solutions that improve the health of Latinos burdened by disparities in health status and health care delivery. Dr. Ramirez's long-term goal is to apply her interdisciplinary training to develop effective and sustainable ways of using technology to improve the health of disadvantaged racial and ethnic minority groups. She completed her Ph.D. training in industrial and systems engineering at the University of Southern California and trained in health services research through a postdoctoral fellowship and an M.S. at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health.
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Carolin Spice, MS, RHIA, CPHQ
Carolin Spice is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services. Her research interests include health information and health information technology. She earned a master's in clinical informatics and patient-centered technologies at the University of Washington.
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Ken White, MHA, PhD
Ken White is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and an independent consultant. His research interests include health care quality assessment and patient satisfaction. White has a PhD in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MHA from the University of Washington.
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