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 HILS-Online program at the University of Michigan equips researchers and health leaders with the tools to solve some of the most complex health problems in the U.S. and abroad.
Cutting edge science
HILS-Online is the nation’s first graduate program focused on the science and methods of learning health systems. Increasingly recognized in academic literature, learning health systems are the underpinning of wide-ranging health improvement movements nationally and globally. Above all, the program aims to improve the health of individuals and populations by developing practitioners and researchers who design, implement and evaluate innovative change and continuous improvement.
Innovative academic home
HILS-Online is housed in the Department of Learning Health Sciences, a basic science department in the University of Michigan Medical School, ranked in the top ten nationally. The program and its faculty have close affiliations with the university’s highly ranked Schools of Information, Public Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and others. The University of Michigan is regarded by many as the nation’s premier public institution of higher education.
Intensive online program
This program is designed for individuals 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 in the HILS MS program study alongside HILS PhD students, taking most of the same courses.
HILS 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, 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.
Special emphasis will be placed on creating community for online students. High quality education includes strategies to engage students with faculty, each other and the learning process through in-person campus experiences as well as online activities. HILS-Online will require three face-to-face campus visits. These on-campus visits will allow students to meet faculty and each other, face-to-face, in order to create a learning community. This will allow faculty to find common ground with students and ensure that a vibrant community exists. Opportunities for face-to-face mentoring will augment the already existing relationship created in the online space.
HILS-Online students will be paired with a faculty advisor and have access to faculty through live office hours and email. Students can also connect wtih the program manager through email, Zoom video conferencing, Slack and other online channels of communication.
HILS-Online students will have the same access to student support services, student organizations and student activities that are available to residential students such as those services provided through Rackham Graduate School, Office of Graduate Postdoctoral Studies, the university libraries, including Taubman Health Sciences Library. Among these pages, students can find information on diversity resources, counseling services, health and wellness and career services just to name a few.