Program type:


Est. time to complete:

3-4 years
Credit Hours:

60 (with master's) or 72 (with bachelor's)
Empower health care providers and transform patient care.
The UNT Information Science Ph.D. program (or IIS Ph.D. program) responds to the varied and changing needs of the information age, therefore offering a concentration in Health Informatics. This concentration is offered with contributions from multiple UNT departments and colleges with the goal of providing interdisciplinary education, research and professional services in health informatics. The Health Informatics concentration prepares individuals to conduct research on the critical issues in health informatics and related areas. The concentration focuses on the intersection between information science, health care and technology.

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Why Earn an Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Health Informatics?

The UNT Information Science Ph.D. program with a concentration in Health Informatics responds to the varied and changing needs of an information age, increasing recognition of the central role of information and information technologies in individual, social, economic and cultural affairs.

The mission of UNT's Information Science Ph.D. program is to provide a center of excellence in graduate education and research. Its primary goals are to:

  • Nurture critical and reflective thinking on the fundamental issues and elements of problems of utilization of information
  • Foster an environment of substantive and productive mentoring and apprenticeship
  • Prepare scholars passionate about the role of information in human affairs
  • Foster cross-disciplinary thinking and research.

Students are recruited to the program from a wide range of disciplines and encouraged to expand and refocus their expertise and skills in cutting-edge areas of information science that cross disciplinary boundaries. The multifaceted nature of information science warrants the focusing of resources, courses and faculties from a broad range of academic units.


Marketable Skills
  • Research and publication
  • Pedagogical practices
  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership ability
  • Data analysis

Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Health Informatics Highlights

Special lectures hosted by the college and the department feature renowned scholars who provide different perspectives and insights into the information science field.
Our students and faculty are active members of different professional associations and learned societies, such as the iSchools consortium, the American Library Association, the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Knowledge & Information Professional Association.
The structure of the IS Ph.D. program deliberately encourages and supports interactions among students and faculty in different academic units. Faculty and doctoral students together pursue research in a variety of areas.
The Department of Information Science offers financial support and scholarships to its students to recognize exceptional academic and creative accomplishments.
The Career Center is one of the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major.
Instruction is offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended, that allows you to balance classes with full-time or part-time employment.

What Can You Do With an Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Health Informatics?

There is a great need for a health care workforce that possesses the skills and competencies that this concentration provides. Graduates will be able to work in health care as well as health information management settings.

Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Health Informatics Courses You Could Take

Seminar in Research and Research Methodology (3 hrs)
This course will cover advanced topics in research methodology, research proposal development and directed research study.
Knowledge Management Tools and Technologies (3 hrs)
An introduction to knowledge management technologies, internet and web technologies, knowledge management processes and corresponding technologies, collaboration tools and technologies, meta data and ontologies, information and knowledge portals, KM readiness and IT infrastructure and evaluation and selection criteria for knowledge management tools.
Medical Informatics (3 hrs)
This course covers informatics in healthcare. Topics include the framework of modern healthcare and the role of information, organization of medical knowledge, key health information resources used in decision-making, information systems and technology and its applications to healthcare settings and health information settings including libraries.
Information Retrieval Theory (3 hrs)
This course covers theoretical foundations of information retrieval, including the mathematical modeling of file structures and searching techniques. Students will also learn the adaptation of communication models from various disciplines.
Introduction to Health Data Analytics (3 hrs)
This cours offers an introduction to key concepts and principles of health data analytics. Topics covered include the life cycle of health data analysis, such as data acquisition, data preprocessing, data integration, descriptive statistics and statistical inference. In addition, principles of health research methods and the basics of Python and its libraries for data processing and statistical analysis are introduced.
Seminar in Communication and Use of Information (3 hrs)
This course covers the nature of information as a phenomenon and of the communication processes. Conceptual linkage to treatments in various fields. The role of information and communication in individual, social and institutional behavior.

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