From the Students

Jeff Hull works as a health information technology strategy and management consultant, helping insurers, physicians and other health care related companies navigate the changing and merging worlds of medical care and technology.

Hull, who spent the first part of his career as a pharmacist, also is enrolled in the University’s online master of science in health informatics program. “It’s amazing how what we talk about in class that day will apply to what I’m doing in my job that very same day,” said Hull, who plans to graduate in summer 2014.

“The program gives us a well-rounded education, so you can take it anywhere,” he said. “Everyone in class brings a unique perspective from the industries in which they’ve worked. Health informatics has many angles – clinical, hospital, research, computer science.”

Hull was familiar with the University before he knew UF offered a health informatics degree. He often traveled from his home in Galena, Ohio, to the University’s equestrian facilities because his daughter is involved with the Central Ohio Reigning Horse Association. When he started researching health informatics programs and learned that Findlay offered one, it seemed like a good fit.

The interactive, online course offerings and excellent faculty made Findlay an easy choice for Hull, who said he is excited about the program and the opportunities that it will bring for his career. Hull wants to use his knowledge to provide value to others by helping companies deliver better health care. 


After graduating from the University of Dayton in May of 2012 with a degree in pre-dentistry, an admissions counselor suggested Jodee Coldren enter a master’s degree program while she waits to be accepted into dental school.

Three months later, Coldren began The University of Findlay’s master of science in health informatics program, which she learned about while searching online for programs that would be a good fit with her career goals. Because she wants to open her own dental practice, Coldren thought the program would prepare her well for that.

Coldren, a dental assistant radiographer, works as a sterilization technician at a local dental office, and she volunteers at the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio as a dental assistant. She also goes to local elementary schools to teach dental hygiene and is an active participant in Give Kids a Smile Day, something she has been doing for more than eight years.

Because she is working in the field and taking classes, Coldren says she sees the benefits of the program. “I really like it,” she said. “I work in a practice that is transitioning to e-records, and I get to experience both the front end and the back end of what goes on in the office.”