Health Information Management & Technology program ranked in Top 10

Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay Health Information Management and Technology program! Best Colleges recently ranked 25 of the top Health Information Management and Technology programs found across the U.S. and UW-Green Bay placed in the top 10! Out of 25 programs, UW-Green Bay ranked #9. Ranking factors included Academics & Learner Support, Affordability, & Online Programming. See the full list of rankings, here.



UW-Green Bay HIMT student says ‘It’s Never Too Late to Advance Career’

This feature is worth sharing… “For Glenora Howard, the motivation to expand her career opportunities and earn an online bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) came down to two things. Glenora isn’t the type of person to coast through her career. She wants to continue moving up in healthcare, but this has become difficult without a bachelor’s degree. She also has a strong passion for IT.” Read more about Howard and her experience in the HIMT program.

HIMT is now HIMSS-affiliated

Our friends in the UW-Green Bay HIMT program — the relatively new online bachelor’s in Health Information Management and Technology — are sharing the news they are now an official HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) academic partner.  UWGB is one of 35 universities with this designation. The partnership brings together colleges and universities with healthcare/IT programs and offers resources for students, faculty, and the organization. More on what the partnership offers can be found at

Faculty note: Tyczkowski

Through study that relates directly to curriculum enhancement in her area, Brenda Tyczkowski, assistant professor in the Professional Program in Nursing and academic director for the Health Information Management Technology (HIMT) program, recently completed a rigorous 14-week accelerated health information management workshop through Alabama State University. She then passed the national certification exam for the Registered Health Information Administrator®. RHIAs are certified experts in managing the privacy and security of patient health information, administering computer information systems and managing data analysis to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

Brenda Tyczkowski, assistant professor in the Professional Program in Nursing, recently presented “Ageism in Healthcare” to a group of about 90 older adults who are members of the local interdenominational faith group, SPIRET. Audience members had a lively discussion about their experiences with the changing realities of healthcare, and learned about being more proactive participants in their care. The increasing availability of patient portals, where they can access their medical record on line, message their care provider and learn about test results in a more timely fashion, was a particular topic of interest.

Yes! Online bachelor’s in Health Information secures initial accreditation

UW-Green Bay’s new online bachelor’s degree program in Health Information Management and Technology received good news Thursday afternoon: initial accreditation by the national accrediting agency. The decision by the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management was relayed to campus by UW Extension, which coordinates the HIMT program offered in collaboration by Extension and UW universities at Green Bay, Parkside, Stevens Point and La Crosse. In sharing the news here, Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies, praised “outstanding work by HIMT program director, Dr. Brenda Tyczkowski, supported by her chair, Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, and former Dean of OAA Steve VandenAvond.”

Student team competes at Interprofessional Healthcare Case event

UWGB healthcare competition team

Representing UW-Green Bay at the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition 2015 held January 7-8 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells were (from left) Anita Frankhauser, team captain and a December graduate in Human Biology and dietetics); Alysia Wiley and Amanda Hoffman, RN-to BSN students in the Nursing program; and Stephanie Hessler, a Health Information Management and Technology major.

The team researched, wrote and submitted an executive summary with interdisciplinary solutions to a case study involving COPD patients. Their work earned them a berth  in the final round of competition against 10 teams from private and public universities across the state in the annual event sponsored by the Area Health Education Center. Using interdisciplinary health care perspectives and experiences, population-focused care in a health system, root cause analysis and cost/benefit analysis, the team collaborated for three months to create their presentation, which they titled “Breathless No More: 360 degrees of COPD care.” COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Sara Schmitz, director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, provided faculty guidance to the team. The team from UW-Madison earned first place and the $3,000 top award.

Four to represent UWGB at Healthcare Case Competition

Four students have been selected to represent UW-Green Bay at the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The team of students was given a healthcare case study and required to conduct an analysis of interprofessional efforts related to patient care. After submission of an executive summary and budget, the team was selected to move on to the next part of the competition, which involves presenting findings to a panel of healthcare judges in Wisconsin Dells in January. The team will be competing for a $3,000 first-place cash prize. Students are: Anita Frankhauser, team captain (Human Biology – Emphasis in Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics), Stephanie Hessler (Healthcare Information Management Technology), Amanda Hoffman (BSN Program), and Alysia Wiley (BSN Program).

New HIMT program awards first degree

Christian Krah

Christian Krah of Green Bay crossed the Weidner Center stage during Saturday’s mid-year commencement to accept the first bachelor’s degree awarded through UW-Green Bay’s new Health Information Management and Technology program.

The program launched in fall 2012 in conjunction with partner campuses UW-Parkside, UW-La Crosse and UW-Stevens Point. It responds to growing demand for professionals able to use new technology and data management tools to improve health care delivery.

As part of his program of study, Krah under took an internship with Bellin Health, working with the provider’s decision-support team to help develop software applications aimed at improving service to patients.

Tailored for adult learners, the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) focuses on the information sector of the healthcare industry and new advances in health-related technologies, patient records and more.

Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, chair of the Professional Program in Nursing at UW-Green Bay, serves as chair of the HIMT Executive Committee, while faculty colleague Brenda Tyczkowski is the HIMT academic director.

UWGB, UW-Extension collaboration on health degree earns marketing honors

UW-Green Bay’s academic program in Health Information Management and Technology, offered in collaboration with UW-Extension and sister campuses at Parkside and Stevens Point, is applauding Extension’s marketing department for three awards in the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) 2014 Marketing Awards competition. Among them will be a gold award in the “Website” category, as well as a silver award in the “Most Improved” category. The new joint site (for the collaborative program) has helped to increase web traffic and lead conversions by 56 percent, achieve a page-one national rank in Google organic search results for multiple keywords, increase organic search traffic by 134 percent, and increase the leads from organic traffic by 229 percent. The growing HIMT program is a degree completion program designed for students who already have some college credits or an associate degree. Read the news release.