The Master’s Programme in Health Informatics is aimed at students who are interested in information technology and its application to medicine or healthcare. You will learn methods to make healthcare safer, more efficient and of higher quality through computer-based information and knowledge management. This Master’s programme is given as a joint programme between Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University.

Students may have their initial training in either health care or a technical discipline.

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Career

IT implementation in healthcare requires people with a solid understanding of both the needs of the healthcare sector and the strengths and limitations of technology. A health informatician’s unique interdisciplinary expertise makes him/her particularly suited to assume a coordinating and bridging role between these two areas. Many health informaticians work as project managers. Other common roles are CMIO (Chief Medical Information Officer) or CCIO (Chief Clinical Information Officer), IT managers, clinical informaticians, application experts, requirements analysts, system specialists, system developers, interaction designers, evaluators and researchers. Many also start own companies.

Programme outline

The first semester establishes a common ground, where students with technical backgrounds take courses in basic medical sciences, health care organisation and management, while students with healthcare backgrounds study basic computer and systems sciences. The first semester ends with a joint course in health care information systems.

The second semester covers basic health informatics methods for user needs and requirements engineering, methods for evaluating different aspects of health information systems during and after implementation, as well as health informatics standards. Further, students will get an introduction into data science methods and have a course on scientific methods at advanced level.

The third semester provides an introduction to project management where previously studied data science methods will be applied in project form. Further, students have the choice of either a course in information security or entrepreneurship. They will also get insight into current research topics in health informatics through a course preparing students for own scientific studies.

The fourth and final semester consists of a thesis in which students carry out a larger scientific study.

The full programme outline

Interview with Professor Sabine Koch

“Health Informatics is everything that has to do with collecting information, structuring information, analysing it and visualising it within the area of health and health care."

Professor Sabine Koch works at the Karolinska Institutet as the Programme Director of the Joint Master’s Programme in Health Informatics given by Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of Health Informatics.
 

“Health Informatics is a fast growing business and the market needs a lot of health Informaticians working within eHealth and digital health in the years to come,” says Sabine.
Read the article here

 

Student Bloggers

 

Get the insight info about the programme by talking to our students! Student ambassadors from The Master’s Programme in Health Informatics are blogging about the programme, and they are happy to answer any questions you might have.
You’ll find our blogging students here:

James Salisi - Health Informatics student from the Philippines
http://ki.se/en/education/james-salisi-health-informatics-student-from-the-philippines

Yesho Simon - Health Informatics student from Uganda
http://ki.se/en/education/yesho-simon-health-informatics-student-from-uganda

Manjula Bhuma - Health Informatics student from India
http://ki.se/en/education/manjula-bhuma-master-of-health-informatics-student-from-india

Exchange studies during your studies with us

You have the opportunity to apply for exchange studies during your education.
More information regarding exchange studies during this programme.

More information about the programme

Credits: 120
Language: English
Duration: 2 years
Study pace: 100%
Study form: On campus
Begins: Autumn
Programme syllabus

Programme requirements

To qualify for this programme, you need to have a Bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in healthcare, biomedicine, medical technology, computer and systems sciences, informatics or the equivalent.

Language proficiency

Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6 or:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)- Academic Module: Overall minimum score of 6.5 (with no section below 5.5).
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • Paper Based: Overall minimum score of 575 (with minimum score 4.5 in the written test)
    • Internet based : Overall minimum score of 90 (with minimum score 20 in the written test)
  • University of Cambridge and Oxford: Certificate in Advanced English or Diploma of English Studies

Application

 

DSV’s Master’s Programmes start once a year, in September.

The application round is open from mid-October to mid-January.
Exact dates can be found on www.universityadmissions.se when it approaches.

Apply online on the University Admission website: www.universityadmissions.se

The University Admission web site contains all the information you need to be able to apply: key dates, documents you need to upload etc, and the staff will assist you with issues regarding the admission process.

Important information regarding the application process: www.dsv.su.se/application

Late application

If the admission is closed, you are not able to apply. Occasionally some programmes are open for “late admission” and in that case, it is indicated at www.universityadmissions.se