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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. PhD and MD).

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
competency and experience
Required Core Courses (15 Credit Hours)
Required Specialization Courses (19-20 Credit Hours)
Electives (8-9 Credit Hours)
​Required Core Courses (10 Credit Hours)
Required Specialization Courses (26-27 Credit Hours)
Electives (5-6 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
Culminating Project Titles SP2019.JPGCulminating Project Titles
MS Guidelines Document
MS Thesis Guidelines 19-20.pdfMS Thesis Guidelines 19-20.pdf
Thesis Titles 18.JPGThesis Titles
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 biomedical 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 Applications:

Domestic Applicants Pursuing University Fellowships: December 1
International Candidates, Including Those Pursuing University Fellowships: December 1
Deadline for MPH and MS Biomedical Informatics degree programs: May 15




​Please read these instructions​ and our admissions criteria/recommended preparations document​ before submitting your application. 


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