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

Lead, Change, Transform Health

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.

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The application deadlines for all HILS programs for 2024-2025 have now passed. Applications for the 2025-2026 academic year will open in late August, 2024.

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. The program and its faculty also have close affiliations with the Schools of Information, Public Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and others. To learn more about the HILS Faculty's Research, visit our Research Snapshot page. 

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.

 2023 HILS students, faculty, and staff
Some of the current HILS students, faculty, and staff

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
  • Flexibility to complete the MS program online 

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 
  • Working Professionals 

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