Master of Science in Health Sciences Informatics- Research Program

CAHIIM Degree Accreditation Pending 

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be accepted from September 1, 2019 through January 15, 2020 (The application is made available through this Johns Hopkins School of Medicine link.)

If you are interested in taking individual courses offered by our Division under special student status, please contact Kersti Winny at  or 410-502-3768.

About the Program

Health sciences informatics research involves innovations for the health sciences (basic, clinical, nursing, public health, and librarianship) in the understanding of information needs, the design and creation of information technologies, the deployment of information solutions, and the evaluation of information management. 

The approach at Johns Hopkins is interdisciplinary. Although housed in the School of Medicine, the training program partners with all schools in the health sciences and throughout Hopkins.

The program invites applicants from a range of disciplines including public health, clinical care, the nursing sciences and biology, as well as from cognate fields such as computer, library and information sciences. Our applicant pool typically includes a number of physicians and candidates holding a PhD or master's degree who wish to develop expertise in the field of Health Sciences Informatics in general, and public health informatics in particular.


The two year Program will either begin in late August or early September, and has the following goals for its students:

  • To achieve a level of competency in health sciences informatics that generalizes across domains of application
  • To develop proficiency in public health informatics
  • To increase knowledge of fields related to health sciences informatics such as computer science, biostatistics, and evaluation methodology
  • To observe and participate in collaborative research and development activities in public health informatics
  • To make a contribution to the field of informatics by completing a research project

The Curriculum

See the full list of classes and breakdown of the curriculum. The coursework and seminars provide a knowledge base that may be applied across the range of health sciences informatics applications. Didactics include a Core Curriculum in Health Sciences Informatics (Introduction; Leadership and Evaluation; Clinical Informatics; Design to Deployment; Standards and Interoperability; and Knowledge Engineering and Decision support), as well as selectives (e.g., methodology), electives, and two weekly seminars.

Optional practica provide students with the opportunity to see informatics and information technology in action as well as to inform their own research projects. These rotations may take place within the university or with outside partners in the fields of business and government, or with non-profit organizations.

Independent Research comprises 50 percent of student effort in the program and should result in a contribution to the peer-reviewed academic informatics literature.

There are no clinical responsibilities associated with this program.

Application Requirements

Applicants with the following degrees and qualifications will be considered:

  • BA or BS, plus a satisfactory GRE score, or
  • BA or BS, and a minimum of five years professional experience in a relevant field, or
  • MA, MLS, MD or PhD, with no further requirements.

"Relevant fields" include public health, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, nursing, ancillary therapies, librarianship, biomedical science and computer and information science.

The Application Process

Applications for the class entering in 2020 will be accepted starting in September, 2019.  (The application is made available through this Johns Hopkins School of Medicine link.)

Please note that paper applications are no longer accepted.  The supporting documents listed below must be received by the SOM admissions office by January 15, 2020,  Office of Graduate Student Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1830 E. Monument Street, Suite 620, Baltimore, MD 21287. Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete and we have all supporting letters and documentation.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript of school record
  • Certification of terminal degree
  • You may also submit a portfolio of published research, or samples of website or system development to support your application if you wish.

Personal Interview

Short-listed candidates will be invited to an onsite interview with the Program Director and other appropriate members of faculty to discuss career goals and assess the applicant's scholastic abilities and personal qualities.


Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by April 1, 2020.

It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to require criminal background investigations on prospective students in any professional or graduate program at the School of Medicine, interns, residents and clinical fellows in any Graduate Medical Education program sponsored by Johns Hopkins, and other clinical and research postdoctoral fellows at the School of Medicine.

The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Health System do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in any student program or activity administered by the university or with regard to admissions or employment. Defense Department discrimination in ROTC programs on the basis of sexual orientation conflicts with this university policy. The university is committed to encouraging a change in the Defense Department policy.

Important Transcript Information

Transcripts can be uploaded to the online application for review. Official transcripts will be required for applicants who receive an offer or accept an offer of admission. Official transcripts from accepted applicants should be directed to the Office of Graduate Student Affairs and

A Note to Foreign Applicants

DHSI is interested in attracting talented students from other countries to our program. However, there are some practical issues that you should be aware of before applying. DHSI does not currently have the ability to offer any support to students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Final admission to the program requires documentation that the appropriate financial resources are available. Please refer to the School of Medicine website for details of these requirements.

We highly recommend that foreign applicants seek other possible means of supporting the cost of graduate study. Support could come from: (a) a scholarship from your government or (b) from a "special" foundation award. In your application, please discuss the possibility of obtaining support from one of these sources. We highly recommend that you review the NAFSA: Association of International Educators website. NAFSA does not offer financial assistance, but will offer some suggestions to help your search for financial aid for study in the United States.

(The application is made available through this Johns Hopkins School of Medicine link.)

Cost of Attendance

Tuition for the 2019 - 2020 academic year is $54,900. Please visit the School of Medicine website for information on additional fees and mandatory health insurance coverage.

See this page for detailed Financial Aid information:

The Curriculum

See the full list of classes and breakdown of the curriculum.


Date for withdrawal from a masters or certificate program with full refund is September 13, 2019, based on two weeks from start of classes.

Quarter 1 September 3 – October 25, 2019
Drop date – September 13, 2019
Quarter 2 October 28 – December 20, 2019
Drop date – November 10, 2019
Quarter 3 January 21 – March 13, 2020
Drop date – January 31, 2020
Quarter 4 March 23 – May 15, 2020
Drop date – April 3, 2020
Summer July 1 – August 23, 2020
Drop date – July 12, 2020