Proactive Health Informatics Ph.D. Requirements

Students who graduate from the Proactive Health Informatics programs in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University understand how to combine cutting edge, innovative technologies with the latest in data analytics to design, implement, and evaluate technologies to help people better understand, manage, and improve their health. Students increase their impact in their research community and the world by empowering patients outside of the clinical setting where people live, work, and play.

The Proactive Health Informatics Ph.D. programs consist of a rigorous course sequence that introduce students to the fundamentals of design, implementation, data analytics, and evaluation. Students choose to be part of the Design or Data cluster, selecting electives that fit their interests. Students tailor their degree with an emphasis on a particular health domain.

Download the current Ph.D. in Informatics handbook (PDF). We also recommend consulting the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Bulletin 2018-2019 (use the tabs on the left) and the University Graduate School Bulletin 2017-2018 (use the tabs on the top and the left) for more detailed information about these requirements.

Our faculty are also happy to supervise students pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science who want to conduct research in Proactive Heath Informatics.

Primary Proactive Health Informatics Faculty

Katie Siek - Program Director
Christina Chung
James Clawson
Kay Connelly
Dana Habeeb
Patrick Shih


A student must complete ninety (90) credit hours of graduate-level coursework. The specific track requirements are listed below.

Informatics Core Requirements (6 cr.)

Proactive Health Informatics Core Requirements (6 cr.)

Seminar Requirement (6 cr.)

Research Rotation Requirement (6 cr.)

A student must complete two rotations of I790. A third rotation will not count for course credit.

Theory and Methodology Requirement (12 cr.)

These courses must be appropriate for a Ph.D. in Informatics.

Minor (6-15 cr.)

Student must complete a minor of their choice.

Electives (12-30 cr.)

A student must have all electives approved by the student's advisor and Director of Informatics Graduate Studies prior to enrolling in the course.

Thesis Reading and Research (minimum of 21 cr. and a maximum of 30 cr.)