Master of Science in Health Informatics

Offered In

San Francisco's Main Campus

The Master of Science in Health Informatics is a rigorous program at the intersection of biomedical and information sciences, providing students with a broad knowledge of the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape as well as a deep technical foundation in computer science and programming.

Program of Study

The 36-unit MSHI program may be completed during 2 years of full-time graduate status. Courses are offered year round and exceptional students may complete in as little as one year. Students with demanding career and personal commitments may extend their graduate education.

Highlights of the Health Informatics Program

  • All applicants are eligible for merit-based scholarships that range from $5,000 to $15,000 of tuition costs. On-campus teaching or research assistantships may be available that pay an hourly wage.
  • Students earn invaluable practical experience at San Francisco and Silicon Valley health companies and startups via the Practicum Option. This option is available to U.S. and international students.
  • International students may be eligible to work for 29 months in the U.S. under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) extension program after completion of the Health Informatics program.

Application Areas

  • Clinical decision support systems
  • Global health informatics
  • Mobile health apps
  • Bioinformatics

This field is exploding... access to health information on the Web is taking off at a meteoric pace. It's creating enormous employment opportunities.

Charles Friedman, Chair, Academic Forum, AMIA. Read the full U.S. News story.

The USF Advantage

The program in Health Informatics draws upon expertise in related graduate departments and programs throughout the University, particularly Analytics, Biotechnology, Business and Entrepreneurship, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Simulation, Computer Science, Nursing, and Public Health.

Technology with Purpose

An important focus of the program is the use of advanced technology for reducing health disparities and improving healthcare among underserved populations.

Career Options

Students are prepared for careers as clinical data scientists, entrepreneurs or executives in large hospitals or medical centers, research institutions, startups, government health agencies, and global health organizations.

How to Apply

The application priority dates for admission and scholarship consideration are:

  • For fall admission: May 15
  • For spring admission: Nov 15

Visit our admission page for more information.

Submission of GRE scores is highly encouraged for all applicants, especially for those without outstanding professional or academic experience. We consider primarily the quantitative score.