Students, faculty, alumni, and special guests gathered to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) on September 25 at the UNC Health Sciences Library. CHIP is an interdisciplinary research and training program that plays a key role in fulfilling UNC’s commitment to improving human health through health informatics research, data sharing, development, and education.
At the anniversary gathering, Program Coordinator Larisa Rodgers welcomed the group and provided a quick history of CHIP’s rapid expansion, from its initial certificate offering to its current educational options, which include three certificates (Clinical Information Science, Public Health Informatics, and Post-MSN Health Care Systems–Informatics) and the Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics. SILS Dean Gary Marchionini praised the program and the faculty, staff, and students whose dedication and hard work resulted in such a successful launch. Valerie Florance, Associate Director for Extramural Programs at the National Library of Medicine, NIH/DHHS, who was visiting UNC to deliver a lecture, commended the program for its achievements and emphasized the important role its faculty and graduates would play in the future of data science and health informatics.
CHIP Director and Professor Javed Mostafa highlighted the program’s truly interdisciplinary nature, drawing together faculty from the School of Information Science and Library Science, Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Medicine, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, School of Dentistry, and Department of Computer Science. He concluded the formal remarks with a vision of CHIP’s future, which includes the introduction of a Ph.D. program in health informatics in 2016 and the renovation of space in the Health Sciences Library for a CHIP Laboratory that will foster further collaboration and innovation. For more information on CHIP, visit chip.unc.edu.
Photo captions: CHIP Program Coordinator Larisa Rodgers smiles as Director Javed Mostafa addresses the room. NLM Associate Director Valerie Florance cheers the program’s progress. See more photos on the SILS Flickr page and on the HSL Flickr page.