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Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management

Student Ambassadors

Our student ambassadors are here to help prospective students learn about the Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management program at the University of Washington. They have a wide variety of experience and interest in health care. If you'd like to connect one-on-one with our student ambassador, please email

Class of 2024

Joyce Mwangi, MHIHIM Candidate (she/her) 

Joyce Mwangi

My name is Joyce, and I'm a student in the MHIHIM program. I came to the U.S. from Kenya in 2012 and graduated from the UW with a master's degree in cultural studies in 2015. I'm a records analyst with UW Medicine's Enterprise Records and Health Information department. Before moving to the United States, I worked with local and international nonprofits in Kenya, and my last position was country manager for health and protection projects with Save the Children.

The health care sector is rapidly shifting globally due to the advance in health information technology, and this is affecting the way we work. I joined the MHIHIM program because it offers advanced knowledge and understanding of health informatics, information governance, analytics and electronic records management, which will help me advance my career goals. 

I enjoy being in the MHIHIM program. My cohort is incredibly supportive, and we learn from everyone’s experience. The faculty and staff are supportive, accessible and provide professional development resources. I'm excited to be a student ambassador and hope to support new students. I encourage you to always reach out with any questions that would help you adjust easily to the MHIHIM program.

Lindsey Porter, MHIHIM Candidate

Lindsey Porter

Hello, my name is Lindsey, and I'm thrilled for each of you to (hopefully) begin your journey in the UW MHIHIM program! 

My health care career began in 2010 when I received my bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The last 13 years in nursing have been an incredible journey. I recently transitioned from bedside critical care nursing to public health and am currently building an HIV/AIDS program in downtown Los Angeles. 

After careful research, I determined that the UW MHIHIM program was a perfect fit for my needs. As a working mom of two, I needed a program that was flexible. I wanted to join a program where I could attend classes online because I live in Los Angeles and wasn't keen on relocating. The program is well-planned, and all the professors are excellent. The students are separated into teams, and we've been working as a team since day one. The ability to develop connections and share ideas with classmates in different careers from various backgrounds is another thing I love about the program.

I'm excited for each of you to join us in collaboratively solving the problems of health care with technology and strategic planning. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any specific questions or need to chat!