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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Programme coordinators Uno Fors Stockholm University and Nadia Davoody Karolinska Institutet present the programme and answer questions from prospective students.


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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

More information about the programme

Credits: 120
Language: English
Duration: 2 years
Study pace: 100%
Study form: On campus
Begins: Autumn
Degree: Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) and Master of Medical Science (120 credits). Main Field of Study: Health Informatics.
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 ECTS 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



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

The admission round is open from October 16, 2019 to January 15, 2020.

Admissions information that is specific for this programme can be found at:
•    Karolinska Institutet Education Admissions to master's programmes
•    Phone: +46 8 524 862 50

Application online at the University Admission website:

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.


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