New health informatics degree launches at Yale School of Public Health

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 Yale University is launching a new Master of Science in Health Informatics. The program will be housed in the Department of Biostatistics at the School of Public Health and directed by Professor Cynthia Brandt, M.D., Ph.D.

Applications are now being accepted for students interested in matriculation in the Fall of 2019.

The science of health informatics drives innovative approaches to information and knowledge management in biomedical research, clinical care and public health. Health informatics comprises applied research and the practice of informatics across clinical and public health domains. Informatics researchers develop, evaluate, and disseminate new biomedically motivated methods in areas as diverse as data mining, natural language or text processing, cognitive science, human-computer interaction, decision support, databases and algorithms for analyzing large amounts of data generated in public health, clinical research and genomics/proteomics. 

The MS degree will provide comprehensive training in Health Informatics (HI), with a balance of core courses from such areas as information sciences, clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, consumer health and population health informatics, data science and more broadly health policy, social and behavioral science, biostatistics and epidemiology. The length of study for the MS in HI is two academic years. First-year courses survey the field; the typical second-year courses are more technical and put greater emphasis on mastering the skills in health informatics. The degree also requires a capstone project in the second year.

 "This new master program will meet the great need in this important area that has seen rapid growth in the last decade," said Hongyu Zhao, chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Ira V. Hiscock Professor of Biostatistics. "YSPH is ideal to offer this program with its highly interdisciplinary faculty who have extensive research experiences and accomplished on diverse topics related to health informatics." 

 Learn more about the new program at publichealth.yale.edu/biostat/curriculum/health_informatics.

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