PhD in Health Informatics launching in 2017

December 12, 2016

The Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) has received approval to offer a PhD in health informatics. Students should begin enrolling in 2017. Drawing upon the academic and research strengths of UNC, the new doctoral program will emphasize advanced database management, analytics methods and evaluation, and human-computer interaction.

The program is structured to provide students with opportunities to gain experience in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and project administration. It includes rigorous coursework prior to dissertation research and is designed to adapt to the diverse needs of program students. The coursework portion of the program is based upon five content pillars:

Core and frontier topics in health informatics (foundational concepts of informatics)

Tools and infrastructure (advanced techniques for manipulating health data)

Research methods and execution of research

Project management and academic leadership skills

Implementation science and translation.

CHIP is an interdisciplinary research and training program that plays a key role in fulfilling UNC-Chapel Hill’s commitment to improving human health through health informatics research, data sharing, development, and education. CHIP draws faculty, health care professionals, and students from across the UNC campus to conduct basic and translational research and to offer graduate training in health informatics for scientists across the disciplines and for clinicians in medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry, and pharmacy.

SILS Professor Javed Mostafa directs the CHIP program, with SILS Associate Professor David Gotz serving as assistant director. The program draws faculty from SILS, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Medicine, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, School of Dentistry, and Department of Computer Science. 

For more information about the PhD program, visit