MPH in Public Health Informatics

Applying information science and computing techniques to public health practice

The Master of Public Health (MPH) provides a balance of academic theory and real world experience, ensuring students are prepared for a career in public health. Public health informatics (PHI) studies and applies information science and computing techniques to public health practice.

The MPH degree with a concentration in PHI provides a foundation for engineering data and information systems within health systems, as well as governmental and nonprofit public health organizations to support the collection, storage, management, analysis, application, and sharing of information to improve population health outcomes.

Students will learn how to think critically about population level data and apply informatics approaches to address pressing public health issues, such as the integration of comprehensive care services for vulnerable populations, engaging populations in healthy behaviors using information technologies, regional and global health surveillance, management of very large data sets across the health system, comparative effectiveness analysis, and appropriate use of population health data analytics to influence public health programs and policies.


The Public Health Informatics faculty at the Fairbanks School of Public Health is comprised of a renowned, award-winning and connected international faculty active in PHI research and practice at the local and national levels.

Our faculty members have expertise in provider and consumer decision-making, design and adoption of health information systems, leveraging electronic health record data, health information exchange, syndromic surveillance, linking data across sectors, evaluation of informatics interventions in clinical and public health settings, and the public health infrastructure.


All MPH candidates must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 45 credits. For those pursuing the Public Health Informatics concentration, the curriculum includes core public health courses, Public Health Informatics courses, and elective courses. In addition, each student must complete an internship and a final concentration project. 


The MPH in Public Health Informatics focuses on four core competencies that serve as a measure of growth and criteria for assessment. 

  • Propose informatics strategies that support or improve work processes within health care and public health organizations.
  • Apply analytics to the discovery, interpretation, and communication of population health data.
  • Evaluate the impact of information systems and informatics interventions on population health outcomes.
  • Generalize computer and information science methods to the capture, storage, management, exchange and use of data among health care and public health organizations.
  • Apply available data and information standards to the design, implementation and use of informatics systems that enhance the public health infrastructure.


Students may start the MPH program in either the fall or spring semester. The application deadlines are:

To begin in the fall
  • U.S. application deadline: August 1
  • International application deadline: April 1

To begin in the spring
  • U.S. application deadline: November 1
  • International application deadline: September 15