karolinska 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. karolinska2 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.

Programme outline

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Semester 1

The aim of the first semester is to bridge the knowledge gap between students with educational backgrounds in healthcare and technology. The first course that students encounter provides a joint understanding of the main field of study as an academic and practical discipline, as well as examining the need for information and knowledge management within healthcare.

Students with background in Healthcare or Biomedicine

  • Health Informatics – Needs, Objectives and Limitations
  • Supplementary Course in Computer Systems Science `SUPCOM´
  • Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine

Students with background in Technology, Computer and Systems sciences or Informatics

  • Health Informatics – Needs, Objectives and Limitations
  • Basic Medical Science
  • Health Care Organization and Management
  • Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine

Semester 2

The second semester's courses provide fundamental knowledge and skills for students, education on methods for carrying out operational analyses and modelling user requirements, methods for evaluating various aspects of health information systems post-implementation, and methods within the field of health informatics standardisation. A case study course is also presented in the second term in which provides students the opportunity to apply their methodological knowledge using scenarios that are presented from actual health informatics projects. Students gain an insight into a large number of complex, but relevant projects during the case study course which is an ongoing course throughout the semester.

Students with background in Healthcare or Biomedicine

  • User Needs and Requirements Engineering
  • Evaluation Methods for Health Informatics
  • Standardisation within health informatics
  • Projects in Health Informatics 1 - from idea to specification
  • Projects in Health Informatics 2 - project and information management

Students with background in Technology, Computer and Systems sciences or Informatics

  • Case Studies in Health Informatics

Semester 3

The third semester provides more in-depth knowledge of methods and allows students to tailor part of the term by choosing elective courses. All students follow a course in clinical decision support systems as well as a health informatics modelling and simulation course. Students who have not taken a course at the advanced level in research methodology will be required to take this course in preparation for the master thesis written in the fourth term.

  • Clinical Decision Support `CDS´
  • Modelling, Simulation and Visualisation in Health Informatics
  • Elective Courses

Elective Courses for Semester 3

  • Project Management
  • Research topics in data science
  • Introduction to information security
  • Data Mining in Computer and System Sciences
  • Internet search techniques and business intelligence ISBI

KI's selection:

  • Scientific Research Methods
  • From Idea to Service Business
  • Designing e-learning interventions in healthcare education
  • Challenges for the emerging city - Open lab multidisciplinary concept course

Semester 4 The fourth semester consists of scientific project work in form of a master's thesis and runs throughout the entire semester.

Students with background in Healthcare or Biomedicine

  • Master thesis at KI

Students with background in Technology, Computer and Systems sciences or Informatics

  • Master thesis at DSV

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. karolinska3Specific 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, admissions@ki.se

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: universityadmissions.se.

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

  • Total amount: 330 000 SEK
  • First instalment: 82 500 SEK
Program taught in:
  • English

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