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 health care information systems. You’ll learn to master critical functions such as systems analysis and design, database and project management, decision support, network design, and health care applications and procurement, preparing for many opportunities in this exciting and fast-growing field.
Why choose us?
- Our multidisciplinary program draws on the experience and expertise of several areas at UWM: The College of Health Science’s Department of Health Informatics and Administration, the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Computer Science, the Lubar School of Business’ Information Technology Management Program, and the School of Information Studies.
- You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art research computing labs, including the College of Health Sciences’ Center for Biomedical Data and Language Processing.
- Our program is an active partner in the Third Coast Consortium for Biomedical and Health Informatics Consortium, which also includes the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Marquette University.
- Our program is designed for full-time or part-time students.
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.
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 credit HCA 891 or 6 credits HCA 890.
Core required courses
|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 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|
|HCA 542: Healthcare Database Design & Management||3|
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 or Thesis
|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