About UMSI

The University of Michigan School of Information is one of the first modern information schools, embedded in one of the world’s premier research universities. Our mission is social engagement information and computing: the study and design of information and its technologies in service of people engaged in social interactions.

We are a community of scholars, dedicated teachers, students, and professional staff who share a commitment to excellence and a desire to make a difference in people’s lives.

In our research we answer exciting and pressing questions about the effects of digital technology on social, cultural, political, and commercial life. For example, are family and friendship ties strengthened or weakened by social networking? Why do people lend money online to strangers in the developing world, or donate time and effort to edit Wikipedia entries? We also design new systems and technologies to improve lives, such as safe e-communities that support and motivate diabetes patients and mobile phone technology to improve food distribution in impoverished regions.

As teachers we prepare students for leadership roles in business and non-profits, public service, research, and education, in the midst of one of the most exciting and promising technological transformations the world has ever seen.

Undergraduate students can apply to the Bachelor of Science in Information program offered by the School of Information. This degree prepares students to understand the promise and challenges of the digital age. Students are trained in critical thinking about the use of information and its technologies to support humans in their social interactions.

Our master’s program emphasizes hands-on education. When they graduate, our master’s students have the skills of an information professional, prepared to enable people to access, manipulate and use the information they need, when and where they need it, to make the world a better place.

The master’s degree in health informatics joins the expertise of the School of Public Health (SPH) in population health, health policy, and individual health behaviors with that of the School of Information in human-centered design and the development, implementation, and evaluation of information resources. As a program that combines SPH’s highly regarded education in health system leadership and administration with SI’s world-class education in the study and use of information, we are uniquely positioned to offer interdisciplinary study of consumer health informatics, clinical informatics, and population health informatics. The program is one of very few in the nation with a distinctive emphasis on consumer-facing applications in support of better health.

Our Ph.D. program in information science is a path-breaking re-invention of the field. Students build a multidisciplinary foundation based on knowledge from the social and behavioral sciences, computing science and information science. They acquire more specialized advanced skills and then apply their skills to multidisciplinary research that generates new knowledge of human interactions with information and its technologies.

Our world-class faculty bring backgrounds and insights from fields as diverse as psychology, computer science, economics, history, library science, statistics, communications, and management. They have international reputations in areas from social networking to reputation and recommender systems, from advanced digital archiving to information literacy education in the US and developing countries.

Our graduates are user-experience engineers and Web designers, information policy analysts, librarians and archivists, entrepreneurs, consultants, records managers, and information architects. In the Information Age, all organizations have mission-critical information needs, and our students are ideally positioned to meet them, or to teach future generations while doing innovative research.

Welcome to a spirited community of scholars and researchers who comprise the foremost educational institution in social engagement information and computing.

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