Faculty

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, M.S., 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.

Profile | peterk4@uw.edu


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. 

Profile | scave@uw.edu 


James Condon, Ed.D., 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 B.S. in health information management from the Medical College of Georgia and an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Georgia Southern University.

Profile | jcondon2@uw.edu


Mary Alice Hanken, Ph.D., RHIA, CPHQ

Mary Alice Hanken is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services and has taught health informatics and health information management for more than 20 years. A seasoned consultant, she works with behavioral health and other health care providers to improve patient services and operations. She currently consults with Sound Mental Health, King County's largest behavioral health provider, on quality improvement initiatives. Hanken is editor and chapter author of several health information textbooks, including Health Information: Management of a Strategic Resource. She has a B.S. in medical records administration from Seattle University and  a Ph.D. in education from the University of Washington.

Profile | mahanken@uw.edu


Branko Kopjar, M.S., M.D., Ph.D.

Branko Kopjar is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services and the director of the Online Executive MPH 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. Kopjar has an M.S. in biostatistics and an M.D. from the University of Zagreb in Croatia and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Oslo in Norway.

Profile | brankok@uw.edu 


David Masuda, M.D.

David Masuda is a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education in the School of Medicine and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Health Services. He has 15 years of experience in clinical medicine as well as five years of experience in executive leadership. For the last 20 years, Masuda has taught at the UW in the schools of medicine, nursing and public health, teaching courses in clinical informatics, population health management, project management, health care services and public health. Masuda has an M.D. from the University of North Dakota and an M.S. in administrative medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Profile dmasuda@uw.edu


Gretchen Murphy, M.Ed., RHIA, FAHIMA

Gretchen Murphy. a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services, was the director of the Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management program from 2012 to 2017. She's worked in health informatics and information management in a variety of health care settings; her experience includes clinical information systems management, electronic health records projects and institution-wide programs for patient confidentiality and security. Murphy is the co-author of three health information textbooks. Because of her significant contribution to advancing health information management as a discipline, she was named a fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. Murphy holds a master's in education from the University of Washington.

Profile gcmurphy@uw.edu


Kurt O'Brien, M.H.R.O.D.

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 M.H.R.O.D. degree from the University of San Francisco.

Profile kcobrien@uw.edu


Carolin Spice, M.S., 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.

Profile | cspice@uw.edu​


Ken White, MHA, Ph.D.

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 Ph.D. in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MHA from the University of Washington.

Profile | kdwhite@uw.edu