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Institute for Health Innovation

Better health for Kentucky. Together.
The Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) at NKU pioneers solutions to the health challenges facing Northern Kentucky. We drive change that directly addresses urgent unmet health needs.

EDA Sprint Grant

Northern Kentucky University received a $750,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Scaling Pandemic Resilience Through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge. The grant will support NKU’s Collaborative for Economic Engagement, a one-stop innovation hub for businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate economic growth and recovery throughout the region.

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What We Do

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Linking Community

Building on NKU’s rich tradition of community engagement, the IHI seizes the opportunity to work with communities to change and improve lives by addressing population health challenges. The Institute believes we can solve the biggest, most important health challenges facing our communities by engaging with the people directly impacted.

Working Together

The Institute's focus on working together is a key piece of NKU’s commitment to forging partnerships to address population health initiatives. When we come together, we can uncover breakthrough solutions to our society's most challenging population health problems.

Innovative Solutions

Working with our campus and community partners, we are making investments in health entrepreneurship, innovation, and education. We encourage our community to envision the future of healthcare and help us transform what we do to better equip, empower, and most importantly, inspire health workers of tomorrow.


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 Featured Faculty & Staff


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Dr. Ankur Chattopadhyay, Ph.D.   

Dr. Ankur Chattopadhyay earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), and is currently an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Cybersecurity in the Computer Science Department at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). He joined NKU in January, 2020, and his research interests include visual privacy, visual trust in online healthcare, computer science & cybersecurity education, privacy-enhancing computer vision & pattern recognition, adversarial thinking & learning in machine vision, and inclusive privacy & security in visual surveillance.

He is presently an NKU Institute of Health Innovation (IHI) Faculty Fellow. He is also currently an Editorial Board Member with the IEEE Future Directions Newsletter in Technology, Policy and Ethics. He is an active professional member of IEEE and ACM. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications, including conference papers, newsletter articles and journal papers. He has more than 15 years of work experience in both academics and industry.

Ankur is originally from Kolkata, India, where he did his Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the Institute of Engineering & Management (IEM), and was employed with Tata Consultancy Services, a global computer consultancy firm, for almost 7 years. Before joining NKU, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (UWGB), where he founded and directed the Center of Cybersecurity Education & Outreach. He was the principal investigator (PI) and the program director of the first-ever NSA/NSF GenCyber program in the state of Wisconsin at UWGB, where he has led the GenCyber program for three years. He has also worked with Google and Microsoft as the PI/project lead for the Google IgniteCS and Microsoft TechSpark grant programs at UWGB. His industry profile includes multiple roles like IT Analyst, Software Engineer and Embedded Systems Engineer.