Health Informatics programme: Questions and Answers I

This is to all of you who are interested in the Global Master’s Programme in Health Informatics, Karolinska Institutet,

Throughout the past year, I was contacted by many wonderful people from all over the world who were inquiring about the programme of Health Informatics at KI. Although the questions were very personl, some of them shared the same theme and that’s why I decided to write this post (and the following one) containing some of the most common questions that I received and my answers to them. So, let’s get started!

1. Are there any special preparation material before starting the programme?

There are many free available articles on the internet that would help you get to know the field in a good way.
Some of the good places to start are for example:

The Journal of The American Medical Informatics Association
International Medical Informatics Association
(You’ll find lots of links to events and resources there too)

A good introductory book is ABC of Health Informatics (ISBN-10: 0727918508, ISBN-13: 978-0727918505). Another good one which concentrates more on the commercial applications of Health Informatics is Hacking Healthcare (ISBN-10: 1449305024, ISBN-13: 978-1449305024)

2. How do I get in touch with other KI students?

There are many available Facebook groups that would allow you to get in touch with students attending the same programme or different ones at KI.
Some of which are:

Prospective Student at KI

Health Informatics at KI

Awesome People at KI

3. Do my grades from my previous university affect the decision of me being admitted to the programme?

Generally speaking, grades in Sweden don’t have a big role in such procedures ( provided that you passed your courses!). What matters most is your motivation letter, background and/or experience but of course very low grades won’t give you better chances of getting admitted.
For more details about the admission procedures, contact

4. How does the Health Informatics program compare to what your expectations were?

The programme is enjoyable in many aspects. It has added a lot to my previous knowledge and although there are some drawbacks concerning some courses (but that is very normal), the learning experience has been all in all positive. I must highlight though that since we’re a mixed group (healthcare and IT people), the expectations are different. The IT people for example are expecting more technical courses. The whole programme is run by both KI and Stockholm’s University (the IT dep of Stockholm’s University). The courses that DSV (that is the IT dept of Stockholm’s uni) are very much technical oriented and IT people together with those from healthcare who are interested in going deeper into IT are offered extra courses there.

5. How’s the life in Stockholm especially in terms of costs of living?

Stockholm is a very nice city. It’s clean, old and modern buildings are there which gives a nice touch of beauty. Everything is available and that includes even imported stuff from different parts of the world (since there are many nationals of different countries living here). It is not that cheap compared to many other countries. To survive you’ll have to have at least SEK 5000. University Admissions recommend having SEK 8000 per month to cover your costs, but from my own experience, you can survive on less without any problems.

For very detailed information, read the post published by my colleague Kazim: The Cost of Living in Sweden

Have more questions that aren’t covered here? Make sure you check this post with more Q&As

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