Program Overview

The MS in Digital Health Informatics (formally known as the MS Health Informatics) is a rigorous program at the intersection of technology, biomedical science, analytics, and clinical practice.

Students gain a broad knowledge of the rapidly evolving digital healthcare landscape and deep understanding of healthcare data. They will also gain the skills to conceptualize and develop digital health informatics solutions including data capture, processing, storage, and distribution. 

Program Delivery

  • Students can complete this program in three (3) to six (6) semesters with a total of thirty-six (36) units total and take up to two (2) required electives.
  • Students take introductory courses on digital health and informatics the first semester (Fall) and go on to deeper courses in the Spring semester.
  • The program offers professional, student-friendly schedules (evenings courses, online and projects).
  • A four (4) course certificate is available for students interested in advancing their knowledge of health and biomedical informatics.

Program Highlights

The program has particular strength in digital health, data analytics and clinical informatics. 

  • Courses relevant to Health Data Analytics include advanced methods in analytics, machine learning, and advanced statistical modeling.
  • Courses related to Clinical Informatics include digital health entrepreneurship, consumer health informatics, and global health informatics (COVID-19).
  • Students may also explore opportunities in public health informatics, and for those with nursing or medical backgrounds, clinical leadership and nursing informatics.

Degree Requirements and Program Learning Outcomes

As information technology continues to transform healthcare, there is a need for specialists in the innovative field of health informatics. Graduates are prepared to become world-class innovators and leaders in the 21st century digital revolution.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a Master of Science in Digital Health Informatics are prepared to:

  • Lead the development and application of emerging information technologies to improve all aspects of health care delivery.
  • Master the “language” of health care, navigate the rules around using medical data, and utilize relevant information to assess changes in the health care system. Utilize health information technology for decision support, knowledge management, strategic planning, and outcomes assessment.
  • Effectively interface between the technology developers and the clinical user community. Assure that healthcare information technology advances patient information security and confidentiality and promote ethical health care decisions.

Major Requirements (36 units)

HS 609 – Global Health Informatics
HS 610 – Perspective Health Informatics
HS 611 – Databases, standards, terminologies
HS 614 – Data Analytics in Medicine and Public Health
HS 620 – Digital Health Entrepreneurship
HS 631 – Statistical Computing for Biomedical Informatics
HS 632 – Consumer Health Informatics 

HS 650 – Capstone Project in Digital Health Informatics

Complete 4 units of HS electives. See faculty adviser for course selection.

HS 651 – Research Project in Digital Health Informatics

MPH 621 – Epidemiology
MPH 626 – Population Health Informatics
MPH 653 – Research Methods in Public Health and Epidemiology

N 614 – Healthcare Systems Leadership
N 629 – Financial Resources Management
N 648 – Healthcare Policy and Ethics

Contact Info

School of Nursing & Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-2806