Health Informatics & Administration

Coordinated M.S. in Health Care Informatics and Master of Library & Information Science


The tremendous and continuous growth in medical literature has placed significant pressure on health care practitioners to assimilate information in an efficient and practical way. Seeking, sorting and applying this knowledge is especially challenging with the emphasis on cost-effective, high-quality care using evidence based rules to reduce medical errors.

In the health care industry this wealth of knowledge, coupled with the dramatic introduction of information technology, has focused attention on the skills and knowledge of people needed to support the translation of knowledge into clinical care.

This coordinated degree program is offered cooperatively between the College of Health Sciences (CHS), Health Care Informatics Program and the School of Information Studies (SOIS).

The goal of the Program is to prepare Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) students for careers in health care informatics, and be able to assume roles as clinical informationists.

For the M.S. Health Care Informatics (HCI) students, the coordinated degree program will introduce a new content area that is vital to the health care community. The HCI students will, in addition, develop the skills to access and synthesize the large amount of scientific knowledge necessary to support clinical care.

The program will provide students with tangible competencies, including the ability to:

  1. Understand medical science and terminology at an appropriate level for managing healthcare 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.

Graduates of the program will be qualified to be employed as clinical informationists in hospitals, clinics, university medical centers and medical research centers. The clinical informationist can participate in clinical rounds, among other professional responsibilities in health care settings.

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) component of the coordinated program includes 27 credits of SOIS 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.

The Master of Science in Health Care Informatics component of the coordinated program includes 29 credits spread over nine content areas culminating in a thesis or project.

For the most up-to-date listing of course offerings please visit the UW-Milwaukee Graduate School listing under the Master of Science in Health Care Informatics/Master of Library and Information Science.