Joint Master's Programme in Health Informatics

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week in late August. Lectures begin 29 of August 2016.  
  • 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 health care. You will learn methods to make health care safer, more efficient and of higher quality through computer based information and knowledge management.

Programme presentation

Students may have their initial training in either health care or a technical discipline. During the first semester, students with technical backgrounds take courses in basic medical sciences, health care organisation and management, while students with medical 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, standardisation within health informatics and evaluation. Parallel to these courses, health informatics related case studies will be discussed in a seminar series, after which the semester ends with a research project course.

The third semester provides an opportunity for in-depth study of health informatics with two required courses in clinical decision support, modelling and simulation, as well as a block of elective courses. These elective courses can be taken either at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University or at any of the foreign universities that KI has an existing collaboration with. 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 in conjunction with Stockholm University, and you receive get a joint degree from both universities.

Career opportunities

IT projects in the health care field require people with a solid understanding of both the needs of the medical sector and the strengths and limitations of technology. The health informaticians' unique interdisciplinary expertise makes them particularly suited to assume a coordinating and bridging role between these two areas. Many health informaticians work as project managers. Other common roles are IT managers, clinical informaticians, application experts, requirements analysts, system specialists, system developers, interaction designers, evaluators and researchers.

Autumn 2016

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Study location: Solna
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2016
  • Application code: KI-D1003


The online application opens 16 October 2015.

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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 the English language should be documented by an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL: internet based (iBT) with a total score of at least 90 and minimum score of 20 on written test, paper based (PBT) with a total score of at least 575, and minimum score of 4.5 on written test, or IELTS (academic) with an overall mark of at least 6.5 and no band less than 5.5; or other documentation that according to regulations certifies the equivalence of English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school.


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. 

Contact the Admissions Office at KI if you have any questions,

Application and tuition fees

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

900 SEK

Tuition fee

Total amount: 330 000 SEK
First instalment: 82 500 SEK
Payment of fees


For more information about the course and its outline, please contact Maria Hägglund , , +46 8 524 836 87

If you have questions about application and admission procedures please visit

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Joint Master's Programme in Health Informatics

Do you have a keen interest in information technology (IT) and want to apply this to the medicine or healthcare fields? The Joint Master's Programme in Health Informatics will help make healthcare safer, more efficient and of higher quality through computer based information and knowledge management.