Health care informatics focuses on the use of information technologies, data analytics and 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.


To apply to the MS Health Care Informatics Program you must apply to the UWM Graduate School.



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Graduate Assistantships

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.

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 MS Health Care Informatics Program, please email ms-hci@uwm.edu.



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 PhD, 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 ms-hci@uwm.edu.



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 Health Care Informatics3
HCA 722: Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Health Care Informatics3
HCA 723: Health Care Systems Applications—Administrative & Clinical3
HCA 740: Introduction to Biomedical Database Applications3
HCA 741: Essential Programming for Health Informatics3
HCA 742: Computational Intelligence in Health Informatics3
HCA 760: Biomedical and Healthcare Terminology and Ontology3
HCA 541: Healthcare Information Systems Analysis & Design3

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 Biomedicine3
HCA 745: Health Big Data Processing Platforms 3
HCA 776: Biomedical Natural Language Processing3
HCA 789: Biomedical Information Extraction 3
HCA 909: Guided Teaching Experience in Health Sciences 3
HS 917: Seminar in Health Outcomes Assessment3

Project (3 credits) or Thesis (6 credits)

HCA 891: Health Care Informatics Professional Project OR3
HCA 890: Health Care Informatics Research and Thesis1-6

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook

Our graduates are highly sought after. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for medical records and health information technicians will grow 8% between 2019-2029, 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.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians .

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