• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    34009
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Free
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
    Language
The Master's Programme in Health Informatics at the Karolinska Institutet is aimed at students who are interested in information technology and its application to the fields of medicine and healthcare. You will learn methods to make healthcare safer, more efficient and of higher quality through computer based information and knowledge management.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The Master's Programme in Health Informatics at the Karolinska Institutet is aimed at students who are interested in information technology and its application to the fields of medicine and healthcare. You will learn methods to make healthcare safer, more efficient and of higher quality through computer based information and knowledge management.

Programme presentation

Students may have their initial training in either the health sciences or computer science. During the first semester, students with technical backgrounds take courses in basic medical sciences, health care organisation and management, while students with healthcare backgrounds learn basic computer and systems sciences. The first semester ends with a joint course in health care information systems.

The second semester covers basic health informatics methods for user needs and requirements engineering, methods for evaluating different aspects of health information systems during and after implementation, as well as health informatics standards. Further, students will get an introduction into data science methods and have a course on scientific methods at advanced level.

The third semester provides an introduction to project management where previously studied data science methods will be applied in project form. Further, students have the choice of either a course in information security or entrepreneurship. They will also get insight into current research topics in health informatics through a course preparing students for own scientific studies. The fourth and final semester consists of a thesis in which students carry out a larger scientific study.

The programme is given by Karolinska Institutet jointly with Stockholm University, and students receive a joint degree from both universities.
Career opportunities

IT implementation in healthcare requires people with a solid understanding of both the needs of the healthcare sector and the strengths and limitations of technology. A health informatician’s unique interdisciplinary expertise makes him/her particularly suited to assume a coordinating and bridging role between these two areas. Many health informaticians work as project managers. Other common roles are CMIO (Chief Medical Information Officer) or CCIO (Chief Clinical Information Officer), IT managers, clinical informaticians, application experts, requirements analysts, system specialists, system developers, interaction designers, evaluators and researchers.

Programme Structure

Year 1
Semester 1
  • Health informatics needs, objectives and limitations
  • Computer applications in health care and biomedicine
Bridging courses:
  • Supplementary course in computer and systems science OR
  • Basic medical science and
  • Health care organisation and management
Semester 2
  • User needs, requirements engineering and evaluation
  • Standardisation within health informatics
  • Data science for health informatics
  • Scientific research methods
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

Academic Requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in healthcare, biomedicine, medical technology, computer and systems sciences, informatics or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary school course English 6/English B.

Proficiency in the English language can be documented by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or other documentation that according to regulations certifies the equivalence of English 6/English B at Swedish upper secondary school.
Selection

The selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications such as previous education, relevant work and/or research experience and statement of intent. Letters of recommendation are not required.

Applicants to Karolinska Institutet’s Global Master’s programmes are asked to complete a CV form that will be used in the selection process.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 34009 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • Total amount per program: 330 000 SEK
  • First instalment: 82 500 SEK

Funding

The Karolinska Institutet Global Master's Scholarships

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