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.

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)

Students pursuing a MPH degree will get hands-on experience with biomedical informatics techniques and technology.

  • Course breakdown (48 credit hours)
  • Required Core Courses (15 credit hours) 
  • Required Specialization Courses (19-20 credit hours)
  • Electives (8-9 credit hours)
  • Practicum at a Healthcare Organization (2 credit hours): Students have flexibility in choosing the type of organization to do their practicum in (e.g. small start-ups, hospitals). Your practicum location should be chosen in consultation with your academic advisor.
  • Culminating Project (3 credit hours)

Master of Science (MS)

Students pursuing a MS degree will gain research competency and experience in using biomedical informatics techniques and technology.

  • Course breakdown (48 credit hours)
  • Required Core Courses (10 credit hours)
  • Required Specialization Courses (26-27 credit hours)
  • Electives (5-6 credit hours)
  • Research Thesis (6 credit hours)

Desired Eligibility Requirements (for MPH and MS degrees)

  • 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.

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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