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Joint Master’s Programme in Health Informatics

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week in early September. Lectures begin 3 September, 2018.
  • Degree: Master of Science (120 credits)

The Master’s Programme in Health Informatics 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.

Courses and full description

Read more on how the programme is structured today at the programme website or read the full description in the programme syllabus.

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.

Autumn 2018

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Study location: Solna
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2018
  • Application code: KI-D1003


The application is made through University Admissions in Sweden. The online application opens 16 October 2017.

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.

Please read the information at on how to document your English language proficiency.

Documentation requirements

Applicants with foreign academic credentials should follow the documentation requirements for master’s applicants at

Applicants with Swedish academic credentials should follow the documentation requirements at


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.


If you have citizenship within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. For further details:

Application fee

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