Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics

Prepare for research and leadership roles in clinical and healthcare organizations with the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics from Temple University’s College of Public Health. This 45-credit doctoral degree program focuses on interprofessional education and practice research and is designed for students looking to pursue a career in academia or research in health informatics innovation. 

Health Informatics is an interdisciplinary field incorporating healthcare, computer science and informatics, which prepares students to contribute to the field through research, teaching and exposure to practical health informatics challenges. Learn to use information technology and apply the theories and principles of computer and information science to develop customized tools for healthcare applications.

Develop knowledge and skills in advanced health informatics, electronic health records, global health, health data analysis, and health system development and implementation. Build strong partnerships with consumer groups, industrial collaborators and local healthcare communities and prepare to use health data in real time to solve current health problems.

The Health Informatics PhD program creates a learner experience that includes the following.

  • Clinical informatics
  • Global health
  • Interprofessional education
  • Machine learning
  • Public health 
  • Team science
  • Translational science

Meet the increasing demand for research experience by developing and conducting independent research with faculty mentorship on cross-functional projects using state-of-the-art health informatics approaches. Learn grant writing, scientific writing and project management for publishing in journals and to prepare for a career in research after graduation.

Program Format & Curriculum

The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics is a full-time degree program. Students have seven years to complete the program.

With in-person and hybrid courses, learners will have access to faculty mentors, hands-on labs, technology infrastructure and translational real-world projects. Coursework for the program includes the following classes.

  • Application Development in Public Health 
  • Applications of Machine Learning for Health Informatics
  • Grantsmanship in Health Research
  • Principles and Practices of Health Informatics Research 

Culminating events for the program include an area paper, preliminary examination, qualifying exam, dissertation proposal and dissertation.

Learn more about the Health Informatics PhD curriculum.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Doctor of Philosophy offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,109.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,521.00 per credit

You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


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