Health Informatics Program

University of North Texas

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Students can choose from the following programs in health informatics:

Coursework varies according to the degree sought and the career interests of the student. Individual degree plans are developed in consultation with a major advisor.




Master of Science in Information Science 

In 1988, the master's degree program was developed in health informatics.  The program is tailored to meet the challenges of rapidly developing information technologies of the health sciences.  Cooperative partnerships exist with medical centers, including UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas,  University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center-Houston, and the Texas A&M College of Medicine.


To fulfill the requirements for the master's degree program, students must meet the minimum entry-level information technology knowledge and skills and complete a minimum of 36 credit hours, a field experience/internship, and the end of program examination.  The master's degree program can be completed online with the each of the core courses requiring initial face-to-face meetings.  See the course schedule for more information. Detailed information about the master's degree courses in health informatics, visit the Courses section.


The degree program prepares students for professional positions in a wide variety of settings, such as medical and public libraries, hospitals, nursing facilities, government agencies, corporations, clinical settings, research laboratories, biomedical, pharmaceutical and health insurance companies, and in the public health sector.


For more information about the master's Health Informatics Program of Study, visit


Certificate of Advanced Study 

The Certificate of Advanced Study, a 24 credit hour program, is offered for those who seek further specialization in health informatics. Those entering the program prepare for a level of competency beyond that provided by the master's degree. The program enables the professional to satisfy continuing education goals or requirements and enables individuals to update their knowledge and skills in the field of health informatics without obtaining another degree.  The program is highly tailored to the students' professional interests.


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Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Information Science 

In 1992, the health informatics concentration was added to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Information Science.  The Ph.D. program consists of a minimum of 48 credit hours of coursework and 12 credit hours of dissertation.  There are nine participating academic units in the Ph.D. program, such as: Business Computer Information Systems, Communication Studies, Technology and Cognition, Computer Science, Library and Information Sciences, Criminal Justice, Visual Arts, Behavior Analysis.  The students are expected to take some of their elective courses in the areas related to health care.  Courses may be taken at the UNT-Health Science Center at Fort Worth with the approval of the advisor.


For more information about the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Information Science, visit


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This page was last modified on 09/07/2012 by Jodi Philbrick

Health Informatics Program

University of North Texas

Department of Library and Information Sciences

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Denton, TX 76203


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