Biomedical Informatics, PhD

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This degree prepares you for myriad career opportunities in diverse health care settings. Program graduates are quickly employed in positions such as biomedical informatics faculty, data scientists, public health informatics scientists, bioinformatics scientists, biostatisticians, deep learning engineers and senior software engineers.

The PhD in biomedical informatics allows students to develop expertise in areas such as bioinformatics, clinical informatics, population health management and imaging science. The BMI program fosters collaborations among academic researchers, clinical practitioners and regional health care providers to apply new developments in informatics theory to clinical practice, biomedical research and public health.

Additional specialization coursework in an area of focus and emphasis on independent research are intended to place students at the leading edge of the field. Strong collaborative relationships with a variety of health care organizations, the bioscience industry and governmental agencies provide an unparalleled opportunity for doctoral students to explore and contribute to advances in informatics for biomedical research, patient care and population health. Students may explore special foci on cross-cutting areas such as data science and knowledge representation.

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Biomedical Informatics, PhD

Plan of study

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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 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. 3 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 regardless of current residency. Scores for the TOEFL for applicants whose native language is not English is required.

An applicant should have earned a bachelor's degree in biology, computer science, engineering or statistics, or be trained as a postbaccalaureate health professional in medicine, nursing or pharmacy. Those who have earned degrees in other unrelated fields with appropriate academic backgrounds are also considered. However, all applicants must have basic competencies in anatomy and physiology, college calculus, computer programming, general biology and statistics.

The applicant's undergraduate GPA, statement of purpose and depth of preparation in their field are the primary factors affecting admission. Scores for the GRE (verbal, quantitative and analytical are required; the subject test is optional) or any other graduate-level entry examination.

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