This is the first version of the 2022-23 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The M.S. in informatics is a non-research, course-based program for students who wish to enhance their careers with advanced knowledge of informatics. The coursework combines core informatics courses with cognate courses in one of these areas: geoinformatics, health informatics, or human-computer interaction.

Learning Outcomes

Students will exhibit:

  • understanding of computational thinking concepts,
  • experience in software development,
  • expertise in data analytics methods,
  • comprehension of and practice applying human-centered computing concepts,
  • awareness of professional ethics, and
  • domain-specific knowledge and skills related to the cognate area.

The Master of Science program in informatics requires a total of 31 s.h. of graduate credit, including 19 s.h. of core courses and 12 s.h. of coursework in a chosen subprogram: geoinformatics, health informatics, or human-computer interaction. Students must maintain a program g.p.a. of at least 3.00.

The non-research, course-based program is for students who wish to enhance their careers with advanced knowledge of informatics. Students must also complete the requirements for the degree as described in the Manual of Rules and Regulations, Section X, on the Graduate College website.

The M.S. with a major in informatics requires the following coursework.

Core Courses

All students complete the following core courses.

Programming

This course:
CS:5110/IGPI:5110Introduction to Informatics3
One of these:
CS:3210Programming Languages and Tools3
CS:3980Topics in Computer Science I3
GEOG:5055/IGPI:5055Geospatial Programming (required for geoinformatics cognate)3

Statistics

One of these:
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics (required for health informatics cognate)3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3

Data Science

One of these:
BAIS:6480Knowledge Discovery3
STAT:4540/BAIS:4540/IGPI:4540Statistical Learning3
An approved course (consult advisor)3

Databases

One of these:
CS:4400Database Systems3
GEOG:4580/IGPI:4581Introduction to Geographic Databases (required for geoinformatics cognate)3

Human Factors

One of these:
CS:4500Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction3
CS:4510Human-Computer Interaction for Computer Science3
GEOG:5540/IGPI:5540Geographic Visualization (required for geoinformatics cognate)3

Ethics

This course:
CS:5980Topics in Computer Science III1

Subprograms

Students choose one of three subprograms and complete the requirements.

Geoinformatics Subprogram

Four of these:
GEOG:3010/IGPI:3010Geographic Information Systems and Science3
GEOG:3500/IGPI:3500Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing3
GEOG:3520/IGPI:3520GIS for Environmental Studies3
GEOG:3570Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR): Principles and Applications3
GEOG:4150/GHS:4150/IGPI:4150Health and Environment: GIS Applications3

Health Informatics Subprogram

Four of these:
BIOS:5120/IGPI:5120/STAT:5610Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
BMB:3310/CBIO:3310/MMED:3310Practical Data Science and Bioinformatics (recommended for students with a biology background)3
CS:4470Health Data Analytics3
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3
IGPI:5220/EPID:5200Principles of Public Health Informatics3

Human-Computer Interaction Subprogram

Three of these:
PSQF:6243/STAT:6513Intermediate Statistical Methods3
PSY:3060Sensation and Perception3
An approved elective (consult director)3
One of these:
CS:4500Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction (if not taken to satisfy Human Factors requirement)3
CS:4510Human-Computer Interaction for Computer Science (if not taken to satisfy Human Factors requirement and if have not taken CS:2520)3
ISE:6211Human Factors in Healthcare Systems3
ISE:6220Cognitive Engineering3

For more information about the Master of Science requirements, see the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics website.

M.S. (Health Informatics Subprogram)/Pharm.D.

The purpose of the combined program is to provide an opportunity for professional students in the College of Pharmacy to receive formal training in health informatics in addition to training in pharmacotherapy and health care. Students completing the degree program receive an M.S. in informatics with the health informatics subprogram (without thesis) from the Graduate College and a Pharm.D. from the College of Pharmacy. Students develop special expertise in information technology, including management of electronic health records, health information exchange standards, electronic prescribing, medication management, decision support, and other competencies.

The combined program requires a total of 34 s.h. beyond the bachelor’s degree. Courses that can be used to count toward both programs include 19 s.h. of core courses, 6 s.h. of courses from the health informatics cognate, and 9 s.h. from the Pharm.D. curriculum selected from the following.

PHAR:8250Applications of Pharmacy Practice I2
PHAR:8255Discovery II: Design and Methodsarr.
PHAR:8265Applications of Pharmacy Practice II2
PHAR:8374Applications of Pharmacy Practice III2
PHAR:8375Advanced Topics in Health Services2
PHAR:8378Pharmacy Law and Ethics2

Separate application to each degree program is required. Applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined degree program. It is recommended that students apply to the Graduate College for admission to the M.S. program before entering the spring semester of their first year in the pharmacy program. For more information, see Doctor of Pharmacy, Pharm.D. in the College of Pharmacy section of the Catalog.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations on the Graduate College website. They also must meet the admission requirements of the informatics subprogram they want to enter; see Ph.D. and M.S. Admission on the program's website.

Sample Plans of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Informatics, M.S.

Geoinformatics Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
31 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
CS:5110 Introduction to Informatics 3
Geoinformatics Cognate course b 3
STAT:4143
Introduction to Statistical Methods
or Introduction to Biostatistics
3
 Hours9
Spring
BAIS:6480
Knowledge Discovery
or Statistical Learning
3
GEOG:5055 Geospatial Programming 3
GEOG:4580 Introduction to Geographic Databases 3
CS:5980 Topics in Computer Science III c 1
 Hours10
Second Year
Fall
Geoinformatics Cognate course b 3
Geoinformatics Cognate course b 3
GEOG:5540 Geographic Visualization 3
 Hours9
Spring
Geoinformatics Cognate course b 3
Verify completion of all degree requirements
 Hours3
 Total Hours31
a
Students must complete specific requirements in the University of Iowa Graduate College after program admission. Refer to the Graduate College website and the Manual of Rules and Regulations for more information.
b
Take four courses from IGPI:3010, IGPI:3500, IGPI:3520, GEOG:3570, IGPI:4150.
c
Typically this course is offered in spring semesters only. Check MyUI for course availability since offerings are subject to change.

Health Informatics Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
31 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
CS:5110 Introduction to Informatics 3
GEOG:4580
Introduction to Geographic Databases
or Database Systems
3
BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
 Hours9
Spring
STAT:4540
Statistical Learning
or Knowledge Discovery
3
CS:3980
Topics in Computer Science I
or Programming Languages and Tools
or Geospatial Programming
3
Health Informatics Cognate course b 3
CS:5980 Topics in Computer Science III c 1
 Hours10
Second Year
Fall
CS:4500
Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction
or Human-Computer Interaction for Computer Science
or Geographic Visualization
3
Health Informatics Cognate course b 3
Health Informatics Cognate course b 3
 Hours9
Spring
Health Informatics Cognate course b 3
Verify completion of all degree requirements
 Hours3
 Total Hours31
a
Students must complete specific requirements in the University of Iowa Graduate College after program admission. Refer to the Graduate College website and the Manual of Rules and Regulations for more information.
b
Take four courses from BMB:3310, BIOS:5120, CS:4470, EPID:4400, IGPI:5220.
c
Typically this course is offered in spring semesters only. Check MyUI for course availability since offerings are subject to change.

Human-Computer Interaction Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
31 s.h. must be graduate level coursework; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
CS:5110 Introduction to Informatics 3
GEOG:4580
Introduction to Geographic Databases
or Database Systems
3
STAT:4143
Introduction to Statistical Methods
or Introduction to Biostatistics
3
 Hours9
Spring
BAIS:6480
Knowledge Discovery
or Statistical Learning
3
CS:3210
Programming Languages and Tools
or Geospatial Programming
or Topics in Computer Science I
3
CS:4510
Human-Computer Interaction for Computer Science
or Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction
or Geographic Visualization
3
CS:5980 Topics in Computer Science III b 1
 Hours10
Second Year
Fall
Human-Computer Interaction Cognate course c 3
Human-Computer Interaction Cognate course c 3
Human-Computer Interaction Cognate course c 3
 Hours9
Spring
Human-Computer Interaction Cognate course c 3
Verify completion of all degree requirements
 Hours3
 Total Hours31
a
Students must complete specific requirements in the University of Iowa Graduate College after program admission. Refer to the Graduate College website and the Manual of Rules and Regulations for more information.
b
Typically this course is offered in spring semesters only. Check MyUI for course availability since offerings are subject to change.
c
See the General Catalog for list of approved courses.