Informatics thinks big picture, studying how the world communicates and engages.

Informatics is a place where innovative multidisciplinary programs thrive; a place where students can integrate technological skills and computer science methods with diverse disciplines in Bioinformatics, Complex Systems, Proactive Health Informatics, Human-Computer Interaction Design, Music Informatics, Intelligent and Interactive Systems, Secure Computing, and Computing, Culture and Society.

The Ph.D. in informatics encompasses a range of options for the student. Informatics is an integrated multidisciplinary field. The doctoral program provides a balance between technological, scientific, and social dimensions involved in the development and application of information technology. Whatever the specialization, students draw on course work taken in several disciplines.

In the science informatics areas, the degree is built on a base of advanced computer programming skills, mathematics, and statistics; applied to scientific disciplines such as molecular biology for bioinformatics. Knowledge acquired from the integrated study of these areas is explored in research topics related to the storing, retrieving and analyzing of data in bioinformatics and other fields.

For the student interested in complex networks and systems, the program draws on world-class faculty in a distinctly multi-disciplinary environment. Researchers have expertise in network science, data science, computation, computational biology, and statistical physics; they study multi-scale systems that extend across social, information, technological, infrastructurale, and biological levels. The School of Informatics and Computing works in close collaboration with the Indiana University Network Science Institute.

For the student interested in proactive health informatics, the program offers the resources of one of the largest academic health centers in the country. The School of Informatics and Computing works closely with the School of Medicine (collaboration in and support of bioinformatics, primarily in the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics), School of Nursing (faculty appointments in the Health Informatics Graduate Program, dual curricular development), and School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Health Education for the 21st Century Project). The School also collaborates with the Regenstrief Institute, one of the premier research centers for medical informatics, located on the IUPUI campus.

For the student interested in human-computer interaction, the multidisciplinary program brings together user studies, behavioral science theory, new media theory, criticism, and design principles to allow the student to address research topics related to the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems in social settings.

For the student interested in computing, culture and society, the program offers a combination of knowledge of computing with the interdisciplinary study of the uses and consequences of information technologies that takes into account their interaction with institutional and cultural contexts.