Now accepting MS applications!

  • PhD applications are due December 1.
  • MS applications are due January 15. MS applications may be submitted through May 31.

Applications are made through the Rackham Graduate School. For more information see the Applying and Funding pages.

Scientists are needed to study and help evolve sociotechnical systems for discovering and disseminating biomedical knowledge for the purpose of greatly improving the applicability, reach, and positive impact of such knowledge for the benefit of everyone. Masters and doctoral students in Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) will undertake research to address the social and technical challenges of making continuous health improvement routine. Individuals in the HILS program will learn how to analyze complex health data and how to design, implement, and evaluate successful interventions at the interface of the human and computer. Graduates of this program will have unique skills placing them in demand for current and future employment opportunities, as well as empowering them to lead and invent the future. 

The HILS program aims to attract students and scholars who come from a variety of disciplines, including health sciences; information, computing, and statistical sciences; informatics; complexity and systems science; behavioral and social sciences; organizational and policy sciences; engineering; and economics. 

Many of the courses in the program are open to any enrolled University of Michigan student with graduate-level standing. 

Prospective degree students will hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or its international equivalent. Applicants should have at least one course in statistics, preferably at the graduate level for doctoral applicants, and evidence of interest in and willingness to engage in computationally intensive activities, such as multiple courses in mathematics or computer science, or evidence of completion of online courses in programming. We anticipate that students may come from a variety of backgrounds, and we will assess different forms of evidence of willingness to engage in the full spectrum of learning systems courses, from data and computationally intensive courses to social science courses.

The Department of Learning Health Sciences is fully committed to establishing and supporting a diverse faculty, staff, and student community. Creating an academic community that is representative of our national and global community is essential to the healthy development of all our learning, teaching, and research activities, and to those of the HILS program in particular. The impact of growing a new body of science, and new scientists, demands consideration of a wide variety of experiences and viewpoints, particularly those of traditionally underrepresented populations in the health sciences and essential related disciplines.

Inquiries may be sent to Jill Miller, HILS Student Services Coordinator,