Undergraduate Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate

The Certificate in Health Technology is for ANY undergraduate student in ANY major who wants to explore the intersection of technology and human factors in health. Students will gain skills in health technology, human factors, and understand how these skills apply to their chosen career areas.

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Students eligible: Current University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students
Required Courses: Offered each spring semester
Elective Course: varies by course (see listed electives below)
Program length: 10 credit hours ( 2 required courses + 1 elective)

Two Required Courses

Offered: Spring
Modality: Online
Credit Hours: 3 hours
Gen Ed: Social & Beh Sci – Social Sci

Introduces the topic of health technology and provide an opportunity for students to explore the potential benefits and risks associated with new technologies. Students will learn how technology can be used to improve people’s health and support healthier communities, how technology is transforming health care, and how technology can be used to bridge social determinants of health and health inequalities.

Offered: Spring
Modality: In-person lecture & lab
Credit Hours: 4 hours

Introduction to human factors, ergonomics, engineering psychology, history of ergonomics, human-machine relations, displays and controls, human-computer interaction, industrial and aviation systems, physiology of work and anthropometrics, cognitive ergonomics, human reliability, human as manual controller, human-machine systems design, prototyping, professional practice and ethics, laboratory exercises.

Same as PSYC 358. Prerequisite: PSYC 100PSYC 103, or consent of instructor.


One Elective Course from Approved List

CHLH 260: Medical Ethics
Offered: Fall & Spring
Gen Ed: Humanities – Hist & Phil
Course stresses normative bioethics: decisions about what is ethical behavior in a variety of real and practical issues. Analysis of medical ethical cases at the individual, community and wider national and international levels will be addressed.

CHLH 393: Special Projects*
Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer
Special projects in research and independent investigation in any phase of health, kinesiology, recreation, and related areas selected by the students.

CHLH 421: Health Data Analysis
Offered: Fall & Spring
Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning II
Introduces health data analysis, sources and uses of health data, collection techniques, and classification procedures, commonly used health indices, techniques of rate adjustment, and graphic presentation of data as they relate to the planning, conducting, and evaluating of community health programs. 3 or 4 undergraduate hours.

CHLH 441: Health Behavior and Technology
Offered: Spring
To deepen understanding of how health technology can support health behaviors, this class investigates a) the psychological, interpersonal, and social processes that drive health behaviors and health technology use; b) current models of technology-mediated behavior change; and c) methods to examine the effects of health technology on health behaviors. 

CHLH 470: Technology, Health, and Aging
Offered: Fall
An undergrad/grad interdisciplinary course that is focused on technology, healthcare, and aging. It is a combination lecture/lab course wherein students learn design and evaluation tools, are part of a project development team, participate in transgenerational learning activities with older adults, and focus on technology design to support healthy aging. Restricted to students with Junior or Senior class standing and Graduate students.

IE 397: Independent Study*
Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer
Individual investigations or studies of any phase of Industrial Engineering. May be repeated in separate terms.

IE 398: Special Topics*
Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer
Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in industrial engineering intended to augment the existing curriculum. See Class Schedule or departmental course information for topics and prerequisites. May be repeated in the same or separate terms if topics vary.

IE 445: Human Performance and Cognition in Context
Offered: Fall
Theories and findings from cognitive science and related disciplines concerning human information processing mechanisms and capacities are covered, with an emphasis on how understanding people’s perceptual and cognitive strengths and limitations can inform decisions about teaching/training strategies and designing technological environments to suit people’s needs and abilities. Same as EPSY 456.

IE 497: Independent Study*
Offered
: Fall, Spring, & Summer
Independent study of advanced problems related to industrial engineering. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. May be repeated.

IE 498: Special Topics*
Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer
Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in industrial engineering intended to augment the existing curriculum. See Class Schedule or departmental course information for topics and prerequisites. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. May be repeated in the same or separate terms if topics vary to a maximum of 9 hours.

IHLT 232: Health Disparities in US
Offered: Fall & Spring
Gen Ed: Cultural Studies – US Minority
Introduces students to the field of health equity in the United States, including the existence and magnitude of health disparities related to historically underrepresented groups of diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, immigrant and rural populations, gender, age, veteran status, and ability level. The course will examine relevant issues, frameworks, theories, and solutions.

IHLT 240: Aging and Health Policy
Offered: Fall
Gen Ed: Social & Beh Sci – Beh Sci
Provides an understanding of the policies that affect service delivery to older adults including key historical and current policies such as the Older Americans Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Theories of public policy and involvement of older adults in the political process will be introduced. Challenges of issues such as chronic disease prevention, housing, transportation, nutrition, and elder abuse will also be explored.

*with approval of Health Technology Education Program Assistant Director

Start Certificate

To express your interest in pursuing our Health Technology Certificate, schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Katelyn Talbott, Assistant Director Health Technology Education Program. During this advising appointment, you can expect to learn more about the program and create an advising plan.

Please note that you will need to keep track of your classes and ensure completion of the certificate on your own. Communicate to your major advisor about your desire to complete the certificate when you are planning classes and developing graduation plans.

Complete Certificate

Upon completing your 10 hours of coursework, submit a completion request for your certificate. The Assistant Director will check your coursework to ensure you have completed all of the requirements. Once confirmed, you will be issued a digital credential through Accredible. You also have the option to receive a physical certificate.

If you complete your last course in the semester that you graduate, please note that we will issue the certificate after grades are posted and the completion can be certified. 

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