MS-IS with Concentration in Health Informatics/Health Librarianship

MS-IS Health Informatics Visa Letter Fall - 2023 - to be used if you are pursuing a concentration in Health Informatics within the College of Information and would like a letter to help explain your degree program as listed on your I-20 during your visa interview. 


The Health Librarianship concentration is ranked #6 in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report
and the Health Informatics concentration is ranked #15 by The EDVOCATE

Opportunities for health information professionals are diverse and challenging. Career possibilities could include specialized positions in large research or teaching institutions, personalized service roles in hospital libraries, extensive information services in biotechnology companies, and interaction with other health care providers engaged in applications of medical informatics and bioinformatics. The program focuses on the fundamental concepts and activities in health information management, including but not limited to, electronic health systems, clinical decision support, e-science, and legal, ethical, and philosophical concerns in health informatics.

The Department of Information Science provides preparation relevant to several specializations within health informatics, including:

  • Academic Health Sciences Centers
  • Health Care Systems
  • Health Sciences Libraries
  • Consumer and Patient Health Information Agencies
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Government Health Information Agencies
  • Community-based Health Information Agencies
  • Public Health Information Agencies
  • Biomedical/Biotechnology Industry

General Degree Requirements

  1. Total coursework of 36 credit hours (12 courses).
  2. Enrollment in INFO 5090 (practicum/internship), unless officially waived based on previous professional and industry experience. Visit the Practicum page for more information.
  3. Completion of the Capstone Experience.

Required Courses (9 credit hours)

INFO 5000 – Information and Knowledge Professions
INFO 5200 – Information Organization
INFO 5600 – Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry

A grade of B or higher must be earned in all 3 core courses. 

Guided Electives (Information Science Major)

Completion of at least two (2) of the following major prescribed courses (6 credit hours) with the guidance of the academic advisor. Students are allowed to pursue courses other than the ones listed below and in their areas of interest with the approval of the advisor:

INFO 5305 – System Analysis and Design
INFO 5707 – Data Modeling for Information Professionals
INFO 5709 - Data Visualization and Communication
INFO 5717 – Networked Data Modeling and Processing 

Concentration Electives

Completion of at least four courses (12 credit hours) from the list below:
Note: INFO 5634 and INFO 5636 are approved courses by the Medical Library Association for two of their Level II Specializations. Successful completion of INFO 5634 may count towards the Disaster Information Specialization (DIS) Level II Specialization, and INFO 5636 may count towards the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Level II Specialization. For more information about these Specializations, visit this link.

INFO 5365 – Health Sciences Information Management
INFO 5631 – Searching for Evidence in Health
INFO 5634 – Disaster Management for Information Professionals
INFO 5635– Genomics and Translational Medicine for Information Professionals
INFO 5636 – Community-Based Health Information
​INFO 5637 – Medical Informatics
INFO 5737 - Information and Cyber Security 
INFO 5770 - Introduction to Health Data Analytics
INFO 5771 - Applications of Health Data Analytics
INFO 6880 - Health Research Methodology 

General Electives

Completion of additional three elective courses (9 credit hours) selected from the list of courses below or transferred from other programs, such as from the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Other courses may be taken with academic advisor approval.

INFO 5080 – Research Methods and Analysis
INFO 5205 – Information Indexing, Abstracting and Retrieval
INFO 5223 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization I
LTEC 5300 - Learning and Cognition
HLSV 5300 - Health Information Systems
HLSV 5400 - Health Delivery Systems
INFO 5502 or DTSC 5502 - Analytic Tools, Techniques and Methods
INFO 5503 – Knowledge Management Processes and Practices
INFO 5740 – Digital Libraries
INFO 5841 – Digital Curation and Data Management Fundamentals
INFO 5900 – Special Problems

Additional Links

Health Informatics Internship/ Field experience page

Non-Medical Practicum/Field Experience

Medical Library Association Research Training Institute Student Application Form 2022-2023


Contact Information:

Title Contact E-mail
Director of Program Dr. Ana Cleveland
Assistant Professor Dr. Haihua Chen
Assistant Professor Dr. Heejun Kim
Principal Lecturer Dr. Jodi Philbrick
Department Chair Dr. Jiangping Chen
Adjunct Faculty Dr. James Spence 
Adjunct Faculty Dr. Craig Drayden
Adjunct Faculty Dr. Elise Victor
Teaching Fellow Angela Alvarado