Full-Time Faculty

Andrew Nguyen

Program Director

Professor Andrew Nguyen is the Program Director of the Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program at USF. His current research is focused on the application of semantic computing and web technologies to healthcare in an effort to break down data silos, provide true interoperability, and help computers effectively process healthcare data. He is also interested in the integration and analysis of physiological sensor data to quickly and accurately detect changes in a patient's clinical...


PhD, Biological and Medical Informatics, University of California, San Francisco, CA, BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego, CA

William Bosl

Associate Professor

Dr. William (Bill) Bosl, Associate Professor of Health Informatics and Clinical Psychology at the University of San Francisco. His primary research focus is on clinical neurophysiology and neurodiagnostics. In 2018 Professor Bosl was appointed Visiting Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bosl is leading a series of projects to discover patterns in infant EEG signals that can serve as biomarkers for autism and other neurodevelopmental pathology in collaboration with...


PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, Boston University School of Medicine, PhD, Geophysics, Stanford University, MA, Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, MS, Atmospheric Physics, University of Michigan, BS, Chemistry, Miami University

Patricia Francis-Lyon

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2810

Patricia teaches bioinformatics, clinical decision support and other courses in the health informatics program and the computer science department. She’s primarily interested in working with students to apply data analytics to the health domain, with the goal of producing software tools that perform analyses for clinicians, researchers, and the public. Collaborating with her students is a big priority for Patricia; a number of them are co-authors of her peer-reviewed articles, and their work...


PhD, Computer Science with emphasis on Computational Biology, University of California at Davis

Part-Time Faculty

Ruth Amos

Adjunct Faculty
(415) 422-6681

Ruth Amos, RN, JD, chairs the Health Informatics Advisory Board and is an adjunct professor teaching Policy and Ethics Considerations in Health Informatics. Her interests include following and anticipating healthcare public policy and business decision trends in the digital age, and she was recently appointed to serve on the HIMSS Legal Task Force. She has extensive background in healthcare as a Registered Nurse, Attorney, and Informatics specialist and is currently a consultant with Ernst...


Juris Doctor, Registered Nurse

Robert Horton

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6681

Dr. Horton holds a PhD in biomedical science from Mayo Graduate School and an MS in computer science from CSU Sacramento. He was a bench scientist (mostly in immunology) for 14 years, and he helped to invent widely used PCR-based techniques for engineering DNA sequences. He founded the Cybertory Virtual Molecular Biology Lab (cybertory.org, cybertory.com), an on-line simulation-based teaching platform, and he has written extensively about computing and the Internet for scientists. By day, Dr....


PhD, Biomedical Science, Mayo Graduate School, MS, Computer Science, CSU Sacramento

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