Health Informatics (Graduate Group)

Master of Science

Nicholas Anderson, Ph.D., Chair

Group Office. UC Davis Health Informatics Program; 2570 48th St., Suite 1200, Sacramento, CA 95817; 916-734-8710;


Graduate Study. The Master's degree program seeks to train the next generation of researchers, clinicians and leaders to advance the science of Health Informatics. Successful applicants have backgrounds in health, biology, technology, computer or information science, and are enthused to develop new knowledge, systems and models that can improve health and be translated into practice.

The program of study provides research-oriented applied and theoretical training that spans the use of computer systems and information organization in medicine today, including methods for clinical data acquisition, data modeling, and interoperability, to design and evaluation of representations of clinical and personal data in hospital and consumer environments.  The program emphasizes the development and application of new methods that leverage the electronic medical record and advance computer-aided decision support. A research project and thesis are mandatory degree requirements.

Preparation. The Group encourages applications from clinicians, healthcare IT professionals, recent graduates and researchers who have had experience and interest in the access, linkage and knowledge generation from healthcare data.

Clinical Professionals

Demonstrated through completed baccalaureate or higher-level coursework, work experience, or clinical focus:

A. Successful completion of Clinical Education

B. Working experience in digital health technology, ideally through computer or information science and programming.

Healthcare Information Technology Professionals

Demonstrated through completed baccalaureate, or higher-level coursework, and aligned professional experience:

A. Working experience in Healthcare IT, biotechnology, public health or similar experience.

B. Knowledge and enthusiasm in the study of Human health, ideally with disease or system-specific expertise.

C. Knowledge of clinical or medical systems or data representations

Recent Graduates

Demonstrated through completed baccalaureate or higher-level coursework:

A. Knowledge and expertise in biology, pre-health studies, socio-technology studies, information science and/or computer science.


Demonstrated through completed coursework, baccalaureate or higher degrees, personal research experience:

A. Applied background in computer science, information science, data science, biology or related field.

B. Domain experience in health information or biology research.

Graduate Advisor. Mark Carroll (Public Health Sciences)

Courses in MHI:

MHI 202Computer-Based Patient Records (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Current enrollment within the Health Informatics Graduate Program or consent of instructor. Introduction and overview of computer-based clinical record systems. Topics include data modeling, health system standards and terminologies; security, privacy and confidentiality; workflow modeling; data visualization; legal; decision support; public health; and evidence-based practice. (Letter.) Effective: 2009 Winter Quarter.
MHI 207Decision Support Systems (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Explores decision support systems for medical application. Topics include medical decision making, uncertainty, review of existing decision support systems, knowledge engineering, data mining, and knowledge based systems. (Letter.) Effective: 2010 Winter Quarter.
MHI 208Medical Informatics in Web-Based Enterprise Computing (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Introduction to the decision making processes and technologies that are involved in developing web-based distributed enterprise applications in medicine. Focus on the Informatician's role as a team member. (Letter.) Effective: 2010 Spring Quarter.
MHI 209Data Acquisition & Analysis (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Examines the nature, acquisition, and analysis of medical data. Data ranges from signals of electrical potentials, sounds, text, images (still and motion), and data from nucleic acid and protein expression and sequencing instruments. (Letter.) Effective: 2010 Spring Quarter.
MHI 209NConsumer Digital Health (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Landscape, technologies, and policies involved in data acquisition, storage and analysis in digital and connected health and consumer health informatics. Models of digital health data monitoring, including clinical, mobile health and telehealth, and theories relevant to health and information behavior by consumers and patients. Design, acquisition and analysis of data in the personal and consumer health ecosystem. (Letter.) Effective: 2020 Fall Quarter.
MHI 210Introduction to Health Informatics (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Overview provides broad exposure to the field of Health Informatics. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, networking, information systems, coding, HL7, Security, and HIPPA. (Letter.) Effective: 2009 Winter Quarter.
MHI 212Computer Security in Health Informatics (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Prerequisite(s): MHI 210; MHI 202; MHI 209. Critical thinking about basic concepts in computer security and privacy. How the computer security and privacy impact health informatics, ranging from electronic health records to telemedicine to remote, virtual surgery. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
MHI 289ASpecial Topics in Medical Informatics: Data Acquisition (1-5) Active
Lecture—1-5 hour(s); Laboratory—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Special topics in Data Acquisition. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2010 Fall Quarter.
MHI 289BSpecial Topics in Health Informatics: Seminars in Clinical Translational Informatics (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Seminars in current clinical translational informatics research topics. Guest presenters and faculty led discussions. (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
MHI 289EClinical Knowledge for the Health Informaticist (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Basic clinical knowledge for health informatics students. Human systems, disease states and conditions, treatments and prognosis. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
MHI 289FDatabase & Knowledge Management (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Objectives include understanding the informatics techniques for data capture, information management, and knowledge generation that a student will use throughout their career. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) Effective: 2010 Winter Quarter.
MHI 289GSpecial Topics in Health Informatics: Biostatistics (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Special topics in Biostatistics. Evaluation Methods and Statistics in Biomedical Informatics. Research design and analysis with special emphasis on Biomedical Informatics. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
MHI 289HModeling Biological Systems (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Limited to 20 students. Create awareness of how modern computer graphics have led to VR-Sim-Rob applications, and how they are modifying the teaching of medicine and in some cases the diagnosis and treatment of patients. (Letter.) Effective: 2011 Winter Quarter.
MHI 289IProgramming in Health Informatics (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Basics of computer programming essential to the study of informatics. Impacts on systems within healthcare, public health, nursing, research, and others. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
MHI 290Seminar in Medical Informatics (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Restricted to 20 students. Discussion of current graduate research and topics in Medical Informatics. Oral presentations of individual study. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2009 Fall Quarter.
MHI 298Group Study in Health Informatics (1-5) Active
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate student in good academic standing. Directed reading and discussion on select topics. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2020 Winter Quarter.
MHI 299Research in Health Informatics (1-12) Active
Variable. Independent research in Health Informatics. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2010 Spring Quarter.