The information explosion has affected almost all facets of life. And nowhere is it more critical than in health care. With the huge amount of information available to patients, health care practitioners and researchers, it can be very difficult to locate just the right information needed for making a decision or solving a problem.

That’s where health care informatics specialists and clinical informationists come in. Today there is a strong demand for these types of professionals who have advanced training in health care information systems.

With our coordinated MS Health Care Informatics/Master of Library and Information Science Program, you will learn how to search, sort and apply information in an efficient and practical way, and help provide cost-effective and high-quality care.

You’ll learn to master critical functions, such as such as systems analysis and design, database and project management, decision support and network design, so you’ll be prepared for many opportunities in this exciting and fast-growing field.

The Coordinated MS in HCI and MLIS Program will provide students with tangible competencies, including the ability to:

  1. Understand medical science and terminology at an appropriate level for managing health care information systems.
  2. Analyze administrative information systems within health care institutional environments.
  3. Identify, analyze and interpret ethical and information policy issues connected with health care information systems and associated individuals.
  4. Evaluate and apply appropriate information systems, classification systems, information retrieval systems and related support literature within health care environments.
  5. Identify, retrieve, organize, store, repackage and share relevant institutional, administrative, patient, and other health care-related information.

Why choose us?

  • Our coordinated MS Health Care Informatics/Master of Library & Information Science is offered cooperatively by the UW-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences, Health Care Informatics Program and the School of Information Studies.
  • Our program will provide you with a wealth of knowledge pertaining to information technology, with focused attention on the skills needed to support the translation of knowledge into clinical care.
  • If you are an MS Health Care Informatics (HCI) student, the coordinated degree program will introduce a new content area that is vital to the health care community and help you develop the skills to access and synthesize the large amount of scientific knowledge necessary to support clinical care.
  • If you are a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) student, the coordinated degree program can prepare you for a career in health care informatics or as a clinical informationist.


To apply to the Coordinated MS Health Care Informatics/Master of Library & Information Science Program you must apply to the UWM Graduate School.



For the most up-to-date information, visit the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website . Be sure you are viewing the Graduate Fee Schedule for the appropriate semester.

UWM offers the following Tuition Reduction Programs for out-of-state residents:

Mandatory/Segregated Fees

These funds are earmarked for the support of certain student services. See the Mandatory/Segregated Fees document for the appropriate semester on the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website .

Additional Course Fees

There may be additional course fees (in addition to regular tuition) that could include differential tuition, distance education fees, or special course fees. To see if your courses have additional fees, go to web.uwm.edu/registrar/tools/fee .


Graduate Assistantships

The Coordinated MS in HCI and MLIS Program is looking for dynamic graduate students to support in our Master’s Degree Program. There are a number of opportunities for financial assistance during your graduate work.

UWM Fellowships & Awards

UWM & CHS Scholarships

Complete the FAFSA then go to the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal . Sign in using your PAWS credentials and complete the General Application and the CHS application. You may save your work and return to the portal at a later time. Additional information can be found at uwm.edu/scholarships .

State & National Scholarships/Awards

UWM Emergency Grant

The UWM Emergency Grant is funded by several private contributions and is available to students when they have unforeseen circumstances that may negatively influence their academic success. You can be awarded up to $1,000 for non-academic expenses (e.g., car repairs, medical bills, rent, utilities, child care, food, etc.). Learn more at uwm.edu/emergencygrant .

Other Financial Support



For questions about the Coordinated MS Health Care Informatics/Master of Library & Information Science Program, please email ms-hci@uwm.edu.



The Coordinated MS HCI/MLIS Program welcomes students from other academic areas at UW-Milwaukee, as well as students transferring to UWM from other institutions.

To apply to the UWM Graduate School for graduate studies in health care informatics and library and information science, you must first meet the admission requirements of the UWM Graduate School .

In addition to UWM Graduate School requirements, a GRE will be required except in cases of exceptional prior academic performance or experience.

For questions regarding admissions, please contact ms-hci@uwm.edu.



The Master of Science in Health Care Informatics (HCI) component of the Coordinated Program includes 29 credits spread over 9 content areas finishing with a thesis or project.

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) component of the Coordinated Program includes 27 credits of School of Information Studies courses. These include 4 core courses (12 credits) and 5 electives (15 credits), chosen to complement the other courses in the Coordinated Program and in accordance with individual student goals.

For information regarding the curriculum and for course descriptions, visit the UWM Academic Catalog .