Leading the Way
There has never been a better time to enter the field of health informatics. As the nation’s health system reinvents itself as a digital system, health informatics professionals are playing a crucial role in conceiving, creating, and evaluating the massive information resources generated by the digital revolution.
The Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program at the University of Michigan is preparing students for careers that will harness the power of information to enhance health and transform individual health and health care. We are developing the next generation of leaders to guide this rapidly evolving field.
A Program Unlike Any Other
By joining the expertise of the prestigious Schools of Information and Public Health, Michigan’s MHI program offers a unique, cutting-edge and innovative approach to health informatics. The School of Public Health contributes a population perspective on health as well as world-class expertise in health policy and health behavior. The School of Information is renowned for its expertise in human-centered design, social computing, and the development and evaluation of novel information resources. As a result of this unique collaboration, our graduates become forward-thinking innovators who can create information-enabled organizations and revolutionize the way information is used to promote wellness and the quality of care.
The Health Informatics Field
One of the fastest-growing fields in the nation, health informatics develops innovative ways to put information and knowledge to use in promoting health and improving health care. Competence in health informatics requires significant mastery of informational, computational, behavioral, and organizational sciences, along with deep understanding of health systems and processes. Health informatics is a profoundly interdisciplinary field. Because their skill sets combine information and health domains, individuals with health informatics training can play unique and increasingly important roles in a wide range of professional settings.
For additional information, see our health informatics program director Dr. Charles Friedman's article, "What informatics is and isn't."
Master of Health Informatics
The Master of Health Informatics (MHI) degree is a 52-credit, two-year, on-campus program. Requirements include 37-38 credits of core course work, 14-15 credits of elective course work, and a 400 hour internship.
Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics
The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics (GCHI) is an 18-credit program. The certificate is available only to students enrolled a graduate program at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.