Health Infrastructures & Learning Systems (HILS) Online

Be a Leader in Health Care Transformation.

The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world, yet the U.S. ranks far from the top on most population health indicators. The structural, societal and technical obstacles that keep organizations from putting continuous health improvement into standard practice must be addressed at the systems level for meaningful change to happen.  

It's time to boost your skills and learn how to tackle these challenges by joining the Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS)-Online Master’s program at the University of Michigan Medical School. This first-of-its-kind program, which is part of an international movement to promote learning health systems, emphasizes the role of learning in health care environments and creates the tools needed to facilitate systems change.

As a practitioner, you will use data and analytics to find effective approaches to:

  • Implement solutions across large-scale systems

  • Translate research evidence into practice

  • Improve patient care quality and safety

  • Reduce medical errors and health care costs

The HILS-Online curriculum introduces distinct models of adaptive change, which you can immediately apply to existing problems. You will learn how to solve some of the most complex health problems in the U.S. and abroad all in a flexible, online format that works with your schedule.

Now is the right time to:

  • Study at a top-tier research institution with faculty who are leading experts in the field
  • Design and implement innovative change in health care systems using the latest research findings
  • Practice your skills through a hands-on summer learning cycle project
  • Earn a University of Michigan master’s degree in as little as 12 months
  • Become a leader in data-driven health care improvement

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Why choose HILS-Online?

Flexible, Online Program

This hybrid online program is designed for admitted United States citizens and residents who are employed in jobs that they wish to advance in, without having to leave their position and move to Michigan. Students are able to incorporate their classes into their daily life schedules and complete assignments from anywhere via laptop, tablet, or mobile device. The 27-credit MS program, which includes a summer learning systems project, is designed to be completed in 3 semesters over 12 months for full-time students or for part-time students, the program can be completed in 2-3 years. Students visit the University of Michigan campus 3 times during the program, for orientation and other collaborative sessions.

Prestigious Academic Home

HILS-Online is housed in the Department of Learning Health Sciences, a basic science department in the University of Michigan Medical School, which is ranked among the top schools in the country. The HILS program and its faculty have close affiliations with the University of Michigan’s highly ranked schools of Information, Public Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and others.

Innovative Curriculum and Faculty

The HILS-Online program is a full-fledged University of Michigan master’s degree. A unique combination of courses, offered by the program’s own interdisciplinary faculty, includes study of infrastructure, data science, knowledge management, implementation science, statistical and evaluation methods, and ethics—all applied to health system change and improvement. The program is directed by Dr. Caren Stalburg, and the program’s home department is chaired by Dr. Charles Friedman, an international leader in Learning Health Systems.

Collaborative Community

HILS-Online attracts students from a wide range of health care and professional experiences who are passionate about transforming health systems. These may include professionals in health sciences/health professions, information, computing, engineering, behavioral and social sciences, and organizational and policy sciences.

Special emphasis is placed on creating a vibrant community for our online students. High quality education includes strategies to engage students with faculty, each other and the learning process, and includes three in-person campus experiences as well as numerous online activities. Opportunities for face-to-face mentoring augments the already existing relationship that is created in the online space.

Robust Advising and Student Services

HILS-Online students are paired with a faculty advisor and have access to faculty through live office hours and email. Students can also connect with the program manager through email, Zoom video conferencing, Slack and other online channels of communication. HILS-Online students have the same access to student support services, student organizations and student activities as are available to residential students, such as those services provided through Rackham Graduate School, the Office of Graduate Postdoctoral Studies, and the university libraries, including the Taubman Health Sciences Library. Through these platforms, students can find information on diversity resources, counseling services, health and wellness, and career services just to name a few.

Leading-Edge Careers

As a graduate of U-M’s HILS-Online program, you will be prepared to address the social and technical challenges of making continuous health improvement routine and be ready to solve the most complex issues in health care systems. Careers may include:

  • Health Informatics Consultant
  • Healthcare Operations Manager
  • Social and Community Services Director
  • Quality Improvement Designer
  • Hospital Data Developer

Ready to Apply?

To qualify for priority scholarships, apply by February 1. Application deadline: June 1.

Please note that the HILS-Online degree program is only available to admitted United States citizens and residents.

Want to Learn More?

We offer free online information sessions hosted by our program leaders so you can learn more and ask questions.