January 20, 2016

Paul Resnick appointed interim director of health informatics program

Paul Resnick, the Michael D. Cohen Collegiate Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs at the School of Information, will serve as interim director of the University of Michigan Health Informatics program. 

The appointment was announced by the deans of the School of Information and the School of Public Health, which jointly offer the master of health informatics (MHI) degree. Resnick succeeds Kai Zheng, the previous acting director of the program.

MHI interim director Paul Resnick
Paul Resnick

"We greatly appreciate Paul’s willingness to take on the additional responsibility of providing oversight of our health informatics program,” said Thomas Finholt, interim dean of the School of Information. “His dedication to service, his administrative acumen, his academic stature and his research interests in promoting healthy behaviors all align to make him a natural choice to fill this position.”

The master of health informatics degree is a two-year multidisciplinary program that prepares professionals to work at the intersection of patient healthcare, information technology and data analytics.

“The Health Informatics program is an important part of our interdisciplinary mission in providing students with broad skills to succeed and create positive change in a data-driven health marketplace,” said Martin Philbert, dean of the School of Public Health. “We have enjoyed strong leadership in the U-M MHI program from its inception, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the School of Information under Paul's guidance.”

Resnick joined the School of Information faculty as an associate professor in 1997, following work at Bell Labs and AT&T Laboratories and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He received tenure in 2000 and was promoted to full professor in 2004. He holds a PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan.

His research concerns socio-technical capital, or productive social relations that are enabled by the ongoing use of information and communication technology. In 2009, he received the school’s award for exceptional service contributions. In 2015 he was appointed associate dean for research and faculty affairs, following three years as the director of the School of Information’s doctoral program.

The appointment is effective immediately.