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Master of Science in Health Technology

Are you interested in wearable technology, assistive robots, or virtual reality? Want to make an impact in the future of health care? There is a rapidly growing need for well-trained professionals with skills in software application, hardware engineering, human factors, and user-centered design to create innovative health technologies. The College of Applied Health Sciences, in collaboration with Grainger College of Engineering, offers:

  • One year (12 months) professional Master of Science degree
  • 36 credit hours
  • Core courses strengthen skills in human factors and engineering concepts applied to health technology
  • Electives tailored to individual student interests
  • Capstone experiences pair students with industry/academic/community partners

Graduates of this program will find careers in industry, start-ups, consulting, regulatory agencies. health care organizations, and community organizations.

The MS in Health Technology Advisory Board of industry experts will offer professional/career advice. The MS in Health Technology will offer several opportunities to interact with industry leaders both formally and informally.

MS-HT is hiring!

Teaching Professor in Health Technology (Open Rank)

Department of Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering The Grainger College of Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a Teaching Professor (Open Rank) position to teach graduate and undergraduate courses and perform research in the areas of healthcare technology and systems. The candidate will be responsible for the curriculum development for engineering course offerings for a new MS in Health Technology (MSHT) that was launched during the Fall of 2020 in collaboration with the College of Applied Health Sciences. The candidate will teach courses in hardware and software design for the MSHT program and assist in the development of a new ‘makerspace’ laboratory. In addition to teaching and contributing to the laboratory, the successful candidate will hold office hours and provide academic advising to a subset of students in the department. It is anticipated that the individuals in this role will also have dedicated time to perform research in the areas of health technology, cyber-physical systems, data analytics and wearable systems or related areas. The candidate must be familiar with one or more of these fields: mechatronics, mobile computing, wearable sensors, social robots, IoT, and the candidate must have a willingness to expand to less familiar fields. The incumbent also will conduct research, perform training, write proposals, and advise students as an affiliate/member of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center and Center for Health, Aging and Disability.

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Applications for Fall 2021

Applications Open: October 1, 2020


Deadline for full consideration for admission and scholarship: March 1, 2021

Final Deadline for international students: April 1, 2021

Final Deadline for Domestic students: May 1, 2021

GRE Scores

GRE scores for the Fall 2021 term only are highly recommended but not required. If needed, explore the GRE General Test at Home as a potential option.

Attend an Information Session:

Join us for a virtual info session. Please click here to register for one of the following info sessions. All Info sessions are held in Central Time Zone.

04/06/2021 – 4pm-5pm CST
04/13/2021 – 4pm-5pm CST
04/20/2021 – 4pm-5pm CST
04/27/2021 – 4pm-5pm CST

Health Technology Launches Speaker Series for Spring 2021

The Health Technology Education Program is launching a speaker series for Spring 2021.  See below for speaker dates and topics.  All talks are held on Zoom – please pre-register for the events with the links below.

February 26, Noon - 1:00PM

Travis KadylakTitle: Board Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE): is BCPE right for me?  

Speaker: Travis Kadylak, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Description: Human factors and ergonomics professionals aim to optimize human performance and well-being with effective design of systems and technologies. This presentation will focus on the process, requirements, and benefits of attaining Board Certification in Professional Ergonomics. The main goal of this talk is to provide insight that will help attendees decide if BCPE is right for them.

About Travis: Travis Kadylak, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral research associate in the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research focus is on human-robot interaction and voice-activated digital assistant usability, design, and health outcomes for users across the life-course – especially those aging with mobility disability.

Register here.

March 26, Noon-1:00PM

Title: Beth MynattDesigning Ubiquitous Computing Technologies to Support Aging in Place

Speaker: Elizabeth Mynatt, Georgia Tech

Description: While consumer mobile and internet of things technologies can have a powerful role in supporting the goals of older adults to “age in place” and sustain quality of life and independence, designing these technologies requires anticipating the actions of caregivers, spouses, adult children, and beyond. In this talk, I draw from a number of projects to reflect on the challenges incumbent in designing for informal care networks. These challenges include establishing trust, respecting privacy, retaining autonomy and combatting disparities. While these challenges are significant, the benefits of designing for care networks are substantial and this multi-stakeholder approach has the greatest potential for long-lasting care.

About Beth: Dr. Elizabeth Mynatt is a Regents’ and Distinguished Professor in the College of Computing and the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology that pursues innovative research to promote healthy, productive and fulfilling lives on a global scale. Over the past two decades Mynatt’s research has focused on the role of ubiquitous computing in health. She’s currently leads the NCI funded MyPath project, creating an application that provides breast cancer patients with personalized recommendations during their cancer journey. Mynatt’s co-leads the Emory-Georgia Tech program to empower people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). She is also one of the principal researchers in the Aware Home Research Initiative; investigating the design of future home technologies, especially those that enable older adults to continue living independently as opposed to moving to an institutional care setting. Mynatt has been recognized as an ACM Fellow, a member of the SIGCHI Academy, and a Sloan and Kavli research fellow. She has published more than 100 scientific papers and chaired the CHI 2010 conference, the premier international conference in human-computer interaction. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 1998, Mynatt was a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC.

Register here.

April 30 Noon-1:00PM

Janneke RitchieTitle: Hello World: Making Health Tech Innovation Real

Speaker: Janneke Ritchie, CEO Orange Gate

Description: Designing innovative health tech is not enough. It has to make it in the real world.  In this interactive session, Janneke will share insights on the messy realities of tech implementation, building a business and how to be seen (and found) in a noisy online world.
About Janneke: Janneke Ritchie has spent 20 years designing & implementing solutions to enhance the adoption of new technologies for large corporations. Janneke designs solutions that empower people to take advantage of modern technologies and go digital. As the host of brickTObytes she shares real stories about adopting modern tech and how it changes lives.

Register here.


Contact Information

  • MS in Health Technology
  • Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
  • 3014 Khan Annex
  • 1206 S. Fourth Street
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: 217-300-1001
  • Email: healthtech@illinois.edu