The HILS graduate programs are focused on using information and social science to improve the health of individuals and populations by researching, designing, implementing, and evaluating change and improvement in health systems.
We offer both a residential and hybrid online 27-credit master’s program, which can be completed as a full-time student in three semesters over 12 months or as a part-time student over a longer period of time, as well as a doctoral program which includes 36 credits of coursework and two years of dissertation research and writing.
Applications for admission to HILS graduate programs need to be made through the Rackham Graduate School. The Rackham website includes a step-by-step guide to the admissions process, an online application, a checklist of required documents, and information about tuition and fees, fellowships and other funding opportunities. Before beginning an application carefully review the information below as well as the Rackham website.
- A bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned. (See Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions)
- Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report. Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted. For more details see Test Scores.
- Persons holding master’s or doctoral degrees are usually not eligible to apply for study in the field of specialization and level for which they already have a degree. Please see the Rackham Admission and Matriculation Policy for eligibility.
- At least one course in statistics, preferably at the graduate level for doctoral applicants. Evidence of interest and willingness to engage in computationally intensive activities, such as multiple courses in mathematics or computer science, or evidence of completion of online courses in programming.
- We anticipate that students may come from a variety of health care and professional experiences including but not limited to health sciences/health professions, information, computing, engineering, behavioral and social sciences and organizational and policy studies, and we will assess different forms of evidence of willingness to engage in the full spectrum of learning systems courses, from data and computationally intensive courses to social science courses.
- HILS Online is not currently available for international students.
Application Fee (See Application Fee and Payment)
- Academic Statement of Purpose
- Personal Statement
- Official Transcripts (submitted directly to Rackham)
- GRE Scores (optional)
- Letters of Recommendation (3 letters are required)
- Evidence of English proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS), required if one's native language is not English
For a PDF version of the Application Checklist, click here.