Health Infrastructures & Learning Systems (HILS) M.S./Ph.D.

Lead, Change, Transform Health Care

The Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) program aims to improve the health of individuals and populations by developing researchers who design, implement and evaluate innovative change and continuous improvement in health systems.

Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) is housed within the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Learning Health Sciences, a first-in-the-nation basic science department focused on learning across multiple levels of scale (i.e. individual, group, organization, region, nation) to promote innovation and improvement in health care. The program and its faculty also have close affiliations with the Schools of Information, Public Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and others. 

The HILS program is part of an international movement to promote learning health systems, which are organizations or networks which continuously self-study and adapt using data and analytics to generate knowledge, engage stakeholders, and implement behavior change to transform practice.

HILS primary focus is to address the social and technical challenges systems face in making continuous health improvement routine. By developing and studying health infrastructures and learning systems, we can find effective approaches to:

  • Discover new knowledge
  • Identify how to best implement that knowledge
  • Turn it into routine process

The HILS program places you at the forefront of this emerging science.

Why choose HILS:

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  • HILS is unique in its joint, equal emphasis on information sciences and social sciences related to behavior change and continuous improvement in health.
  • HILS develops leaders and researchers in learning health systems and implementation science.
  • Graduates will be able to create innovative solutions to address some of the most demanding health care challenges

Who should apply? 

Students with a wide range of health care and professional experiences excel in the HILS program, including:

  • Health Sciences/Health Professions
  • Information
  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Organizational and Policy Sciences 

What to learn more about HILS?