Online Learning

The UW Online Master of Science in Clinical Informatics & Patient-Centered Technologies is designed with working professionals in mind. The program is offered completely online, giving you the flexibility to do your coursework largely on your own schedule and at your own location.

The program does include an optional Annual Meeting. This in-person meeting usually occurs the weekend before autumn quarter, and students are strongly encouraged to attend.

How Online Learning Works

From your computer, you’ll connect to an online learning management system called Canvas. This web-based software allows you to access course materials, including recorded lectures, and interact with faculty and fellow classmates in online forums at any time.

As in a classroom course, you'll start and finish each online course with the rest of your cohort. All students have the same deadlines, and you'll need to keep up with all lectures, readings and other assignments.

You will not work through your assignments in isolation in the CIPCT program. You're expected to collaborate frequently with your classmates on group projects. Student interaction is an important part of the educational experience, whether you’re in the same room or on the other side of the country.

Technology Requirements

To participate in the program, you should have a:

  • Computer able to run a recent version of a major web browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

Helpful Tips

Online learning requires strong self-motivation and self-discipline. A little advanced preparation can help ease your transition from a traditional classroom to an online environment. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Create a quiet place for coursework, clear of distractions and interruptions.
  • Create a schedule for yourself and stick to it.
  • Test your computer and accessories in advance. If you’re participating in a real-time class session, log in early to make sure everything is working properly.
  • Don’t procrastinate, especially with discussion boards. If you leave your discussion board posts until the last minute, you’ll miss out on useful conversations.
  • Keep lines of communication open with faculty and other students.
  • Maintain a connection with your cohort outside of class for general support.