Biomedical Informatics, MS

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Innovators, this one's for you. This two-year program aims to meet the growing need for professionals who have expertise in computer and biomedical sciences, statistics and clinical environments to help people and populations.

The MS in biomedical informatics offers students the opportunity to become professionals who use biomedical data, information and knowledge to improve human health.

Students in the master's program learn problem-solving, theory and the methodologies underlying the field of biomedical informatics. They take courses in areas such as knowledge representation, clinical environments, imaging, bioinformatics and data science. Core courses provide a background in clinical informatics, while electives allow specialization in focus areas such as data science or mobile health.

Biomedical informatics fosters collaborations among academic researchers, clinical practitioners and regional health care providers to apply new developments in informatics theory to clinical practice. The program educates students in the informatics knowledge and skills that will enable them to:

  • detect disease early
  • improve the patient hospital experience
  • improve the precision of diagnosis
  • improve the quality of patient health care and reduce its cost
  • minimize hospital visits

Biomedical informatics has a key role to play in the transition to more effective and efficient health care through the use of knowledge and information technology.

At A Glance

Biomedical Informatics, MS

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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GRE Waiver

GRE waivers for the MS in biomedical informatics program are approved on a case-by-case basis and take into consideration the whole of an applicant's academic and research experiences. To be considered for a GRE waiver, contact

Degree requirements

Required Core (17 credit hours)
BMI 502 Foundations of Biomedical Informatics Methods I (3)
BMI 505 Foundations of Biomedical Informatics Methods II (3)
BMI 515 Applied Biostatistics in Medicine and Informatics (3)
BMI 540 Problem Solving in Biomedical Informatics (3)
BMI 570 BMI Symposium (2)
BMI 601 Fundamentals of Health Informatics (3)

Other Requirements (3 credit hours)
BMI 404 Clinical Environments (3) or
BMI 504 Introduction to Clinical Environments (3)

Electives (9 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
BMI 593 Applied Project (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
Six credit hours of electives must be BMI courses.

BMI 404 or 504 is required and may be substituted with other coursework with approval of the academic unit.

Due to the diverse academic backgrounds of students requesting admission into this program, many will find it necessary to take some coursework in preparation. However, all students take 32 credit hours of graduate-level coursework.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in biology, computer science, engineering, nursing or statistics from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. statement of purpose
  4. three letters of recommendation
  5. GRE scores
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency via TOEFL scores regardless of current residency.

Applicants who have earned degrees in other unrelated fields with appropriate academic backgrounds also will be considered. However, all applicants must have basic competencies in college-level calculus (similar to MAT 270), general biology (similar to BIO 188) or physiology, statistics (similar to STP 226) and basic computer programming (similar to CSE 100 or CSE 110).

The applicant's undergraduate GPA, statement of purpose and depth of preparation in their field are the primary factors affecting admission. Every applicant must submit scores for the GRE or any other graduate-level entry examination.

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