The College of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Informatics and the College of Public Health have launched two degrees, a Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science (MS), with specializations in Biomedical Informatics.
These degree programs are intended to generate an expanded pool of qualified public
health and clinical practitioners and researchers with expertise in Biomedical
Informatics. Graduates will be qualified for a variety of careers, including
positions at academic institutions, health care organizations, health
departments, and beyond. These biomedical informatics professionals will be
able to address and handle the generation, collection, management, integration,
analysis, and dissemination of health and biomedical information and knowledge.
Professionals with training in biomedical informatics will be prepared to
address basic and applied biomedical informatics areas of study and will be situated well for advanced study
via higher level graduate and professional degrees (e.g. Ph.D. and M.D.).
A summary of the
total credits and distribution among the didactic and non-didactic categories
for each degree is summarized below:
|Students will focus on applied practice
||Students will focus on gaining research
competency and experience
|Core Courses in Public Health (15 Credit Hours)
Specialization Courses in BMI (19 Credit Hours)
Electives (9 Credit Hours)
|Core Courses in Public Health (14 Credit Hours)
Specialization Courses in BMI (16 Credit Hours)
Electives (12 Credit Hours)
Practicum at a Healthcare
Organization (2 Credit Hours)1
Culminating Project (3 Credit Hours)2
| Research Thesis (6 Credit Hours)
|Total: 48 Credit Hours
|| Total: 48 Credit Hours
|MPH Guidelines Document
||MS Guidelines Document
|MPH Full-time Curriculum Example (2 Years)
MPH Part-time Curriculum Example (3+ Years)
|MS Full-time Curriculum Example (2 Years)|
MS Part-time Curriculum Example (3+ Years)
| Desired Eligibility Requirements
|Grade Point Average: Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.|
|GRE: Verbal and Quantitative scores 50th percentile or higher; Writing Score of 4.0 or higher. Your scores must be from the last 5 years.
MCAT and GMAT scores can potentially be used. Please contact us if you plan to use these tests in place of the GRE.
|For International Students: At least 550 on the TOEFL-PBT; or 79 on the TOEFL-IBT; or 82 on the MELAB; or 7 on the IELTS. Your scores must be from the last 2 years.
Graduate students pursuing the MPH degree will focus
more on applied practice and pursue electives in public health and other applied areas to this end. Graduate students pursuing the MS degree will take electives that give them an increased scope and depth of
research experience and pursue electives more from the computational sciences and biomediecal informatics.
Although we encourage the plan outlined above for MPH and MS elective-taking, students can customize a curriculum plan with their academic advisor that intersects at their research interests.
1MPH students have flexibility in choosing the type of organization to do their practicum in. We have had students pursue their practicum at small start-ups while others do the more traditional route within hospital networks. Your practicum location should be chosen in consultation with your academic advisor.
2MPH Students are able to pursue a research thesis instead of a culminating project.
Deadlines for Autumn 2016 Applications:
Domestic Applicants Pursuing University Fellowships: December 1, 2016
International Candidates, Including Those Pursuing University Fellowships: December 1, 2016
Deadline for MPH and MS Biomedical Informatics degree programs: May 15, 2016