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Master Degrees in Biomedical Informatics

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:

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Master of Science (MS)

Students will focus on applied practice ​Students will focus on gaining research 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)

The curricula for the MPH and MS degrees include core and specialization coursework from the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the College of Public Health. 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. 


Applications are being solicited for the Autumn Semester of 2014. 

Deadlines for Autumn 2014 Applications:

Domestic Applicants Pursuing University Fellowships: November 15, 2013
International candidates (not residing within the United States): November 30, 2013 
All Domestic Applicants and Foreign Nationals (currently residing within the United States): February 15, 2014

For instructions on how to apply, please visit this page

For more information, contact us via email, at bmi.education@osumc.edu.

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