How to Apply
To apply to the MS Health Care Informatics Program you must apply to the UWM Graduate School.
Pay for School
For detailed and up-to-date tuition rates, visit the UWM Bursar Office website.
The Health Care Informatics Program is looking for dynamic graduate students to support in our MS in Health Care Informatics Program. These part-time graduate assistantship positions provide a modest stipend and an excellent experience working closely with Health Care Informatics faculty. Assistantships are matched to faculty focus areas.
Teaching assistants support delivery of undergraduate curriculum at UWM. Appointments begin in mid/late-August and are for one academic year (9 months), renewable and dependent on funding. These part-time graduate assistantship positions provide a modest stipend and an excellent experience working closely with faculty.
Research or Project Assistantships
Research assistantships (RA) or project assistantships (PA) may be available pending individual faculty funding cycles. Only students admitted to Health Sciences Graduate Programs will be considered for a RA or PA appointment.
Please contact the faculty member you are interested in working with to learn more information about available RA or PA positions.
Fellowships & Awards
CHS Scholarships available for MS Health Care Informatics
- CHS Alumni Chapter Scholarship
- CHS Student Scholarship
- Folk-Patrick Health Informatics Scholarship
- Leadership Healthcare Forum Scholarship
- Leslie Blide Memorial Scholarship
- Randall S. Lambrecht Honor Code Scholarship
State and National Scholarships
Other Financial Support
Health care informatics focuses on the use of automation to improve health care, and there’s a strong demand for professionals with advanced training in this area. With healthcare being one of the largest industries in the United States which is rapidly shifting to electronic health records, there is a great demand for IT experts to assist in this shift as well as for informaticians and data analysts to leverage the full potential of electronic health data in order to improve healthcare. There was never a better time for a career in health care informatics!
Why choose us?
- Our program will give you a broad perspective of the field as well as give you theoretical and applied knowledge pertaining to various subareas within healthcare informatics.
- You will develop skills in areas of high demand in health care such as systems analysis and design, database design and management, clinical decision support and computer programming.
- You will get exposed to cutting edge research in areas such as big data, predictive analytics, natural language processing, medical knowledge representation and information retrieval, which are rapidly becoming indispensable for improving healthcare.
- Our program is designed for both full-time or part-time students.
- Courses are offered both face-to-face and online. Mid-career professionals can use the fully online option for completing the degree.
An applicant must meet UWM Graduate School requirements plus submit GRE scores taken within the past five years (GRE requirement will be waived for applicants who already hold another master’s degree or Ph.D., or the equivalent). No specific undergraduate major is necessary for admission. A typical applicant will have background in a health-related field or in an information/computer related field, but applicants from other academic or professional backgrounds are welcome to apply who will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students transferring from other academic areas at UWM as well as students transferring to UWM from other institutions are also welcome.
We accept applications for both Fall and Spring semesters. Our admissions are on a rolling basis and there are no deadlines.
For questions regarding admissions, please contact the informatics graduate program director:
Rohit J. Kate, PhD
College of Health Sciences
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6473
The Master of Science in Health Care Informatics degree will be awarded upon completion of appropriate 32 credits (non-thesis option) or 35 credits (thesis option) of prescribed graduate study; 23 credits of core courses and 6 credits of electives are required, plus either 3 credits of project or 6 credits of thesis.
Core required courses (23 credits)
|HCA 700: Introduction to HealthCare Informatics||2|
|HCA 722: Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Health Care Informatics||3|
|HCA 723: Health Care Systems Applications—Administrative & Clinical||3|
|HCA 740: Introduction to Biomedical Database Applications||3|
|HCA 741: Essential Programming for Health Informatics||3|
|HCA 742: Computational Intelligence in Health Informatics||3|
|HCA 760: Biomedical Terminology and Ontology||3|
|HCA 541: Healthcare Information Systems Analysis & Design||3|
Electives (6 credits)
Electives other than those listed below are to be approved by the program director.
|HCA 721: Health Information Technology Procurement||3|
|HCA 743: Predictive Analytics in Healthcare||3|
|HCA 744: Text Retrieval and Its Applications in Biomedicine||3|
|HCA 745: Health Big Data Processing Platforms||3|
|HCA 776: Biomedical Natural Language Processing||3|
|HCA 789: Biomedical Information Extraction||3|
|HCA 909: Guided Teaching Experience in Health Sciences||3|
|HS 917: Seminar in Health Outcomes Assessment||3|
Project (3 credits) or Thesis (6 credits)
|HCA 891: Health Care Informatics Professional Project OR||3|
|HCA 890: Health Care Informatics Research and Thesis||1-6|
Employment OutlookEmployment Outlook
Our graduates are highly sought after. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for medical records and health information technicians will grow 15% between 2014-2024, much faster than other occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of healthcare providers, could lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.
Professional OrganizationsProfessional Organizations
Visit these websites for current information and other resources regarding our profession.
Faculty & StaffFaculty & Staff
- Ron Cisler, PhD
- Jennifer T. Fink, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor, MHA Program Director
- Rohit J. Kate, PhD
Associate Professor, Informatics Graduate Program Director
- Jake Luo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Director of the Center for Biomedical Data and Language Processing (BioDLP)
- Mary K. Madsen, PhD, RN, FAAIDD
- Priya Nambisan, PhD
Associate Professor, Chair
- Kathleen M. Olewinski, MS, RHIA, NHA, FACHE, PhD (ABD)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Health Care Administration Studies, Educational Coordinator
- Timothy Patrick, PhD
- Hanh Trinh, PhD
- Min Wu, PhD
- Barbara J. Zabawa, JD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor