School of Information, University of Michigan

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School of Information, University of Michigan

Biography

The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) explores the relationship between people, information and technology. The school is the premier institution studying and using technology to improve how people work together in virtual collaborations. It is also the birthplace of the incentive-centered design approach to system development.

UMSI has been primarily a graduate school, educating master’s and PhD students to become information professionals and conduct research on the role of information technology in society. There are currently approximately 350 master’s degree students and 60 doctoral students. Jointly with the School of Public Health, UMSI also offers a Master of Health Informatics degree. In 2014, UMSI initiated a Bachelor of Science in Information program, one of the first of its kind in the nation, with 90 students in the entering class.

Because information is all-pervasive, UMSI’s programs are broadly interdisciplinary. The faculty comes from many fields, from computer science to law to social networking to public health. The student body is likewise diverse, representing well over 100 majors.