A Mendix presentation to faculty.

The UAB School of Health Professions' Master of Science in Health Informatics program partners with Mendix to provide students and faculty free access to the next generation of low-code application development platform. The collaboration allows students to build working apps to scale without requiring them to learn how to code.

“Mendix provides a platform that levels the playing field for all of our students and provides us with an opportunity to graduate students with relevant health informatics skills,” said Sue Feldman, RN, MEd, Ph.D., director, Graduate Programs in Health Informatics.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth in the health information industry will be double all employment opportunities. However, matching the right person to the right job is difficult if that person does not have the matching skills. This partnership is a step toward overcoming that hurdle for both parties.

“We designed the academic platform to blend seamlessly with the Mendix network so the next generation of health informatics leaders develop the necessary talent to fill vital roles in health care,” said Julie Kukesh, director, Education Programs at Mendix. “UAB’s HI students will learn to quickly build real, working apps – not prototypes, but real, working apps – and will then utilize those apps in conjunction with UAB’s curriculum to solve real world problems in a group setting.”

The training sessions, which were the first Mendix training in the state of Alabama, included faculty members from Concordia University Wisconsin, Miles College, UAB Collat School of Business, UAB School of Health Professions and the University of South Alabama. Bengisu Tulu, associate professor, Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, served as an advisor and mentor for faculty members.

The two-day training sessions culminated with faculty attendees becoming Certified Mendix Developers. In addition, they worked on curriculum redesign to incorporate development and use of the Mendix app. Lessons now include self-paced video training and immersion instruction.

The UAB Graduate Programs in Health Informatics, which offers a Master of Science and a Graduate Certificate, is a blended format combining online classes with two three-day residential requirements. The MSHI program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).