Health Care Informatics, Student Experience and Resources

How does Montana Tech prepare students in the HCI field?

Our students have the opportunity to learn from instructors with experience in the field using relevant applications.

Health care is a rapidly changing industry. Faculty actively stay current in the field to enhance their understanding of the changes in order to bring the latest knowledge to the classroom setting. All tools and techniques used in the classroom are relevant to the existing health care environment.

Both students and faculty interact with industry professionals in the field on projects that help organizations improve care.

“Montana Tech is innovative. They’re always on the cutting-edge of everything, trying to figure out new ways of learning, new ways of teaching, new ways of using the HCI degree in the health care field.”

-Randy Hagerman

What is the student experience like?

The HCI department prides itself on being student oriented, with the goal of meeting each student’s needs. Students work together in a “blended” classroom setting. In other words, some students will take HCI courses at Montana Tech in our high tech classroom, while others take the same course online. Students then interact with each other and the instructor using our learning management system. The benefit of the blended classroom is that each student can bring in their personal experience as health care professionals or traditional students and engage and learn from others with similar interests.

What are some of the grads doing?

Graduates are working in a variety of positions in the state of Montana and beyond. While many elect to stay in Montana and work in hospitals and clinics, others have left the state and are now working as consultants, analysts, and in government positions.

HCI is an Academic Organization Affiliate (AOA) of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

Health Care Informatics students Nicole Rudolph and Bailey Lubick at a Health Information and Management Systems Society Conference

As a HIMSS AOA, students gain the benefit of interacting with health care professionals in the field who are working to improve health care using information technology. Students gain industry knowledge on critical issues that will help them be successful in the field. Full-time students can join HIMSS at no cost.

Montana Tech Health Care Informatics students Nicole Rudolph and Bailey Lubick were selected as Program Assistants to participate in the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2015 conference in Chicago. Rudolph and Lubick were among 43,000 people attending the healthcare IT conference. They attended educational sessions, interacted with CEOs, CIOs, and VPs from organizations all over the US, Europe, Sound America, Asia and Australia and attended the keynote session with former President George W. Bush.