Master's | In-person

Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics

Curriculum

Data done right. Health informatics at UChicago.

We designed UChicago’s bioinformatics degree program to propel you into this exciting and innovative career. Built for busy adults, our flexible in-person program can take as little as one year full-time or five years part-time. Our evening and weekend classes—taught by expert instructors, each a practicing professional in the field—boast small classes for maximal personal support and an easily accessible location in downtown Chicago.

Bioinformatics students learn and master:

  • Managing informatics projects
  • Communicating with diverse professional audiences
  • Using informatics methodologies in a range of biomedical settings
  • Navigating the ethical, privacy, and data security considerations at play in the field

Biomedical informatics curriculum

The master's in bioinformatics program requires the successful completion of 12 courses.

To earn their degree, students must complete:

All MScBMI students are expected to have introductory-level competency in the following areas:

  • Statistics: this can be fulfilled by a course such as Introduction to Statistics or Biostatistics
  • Health Sciences of Clinical Care: this can be fulfilled by a survey or overview course in health sciences or a clinical degree.

In your application, please indicate in your personal statement which courses in your transcript fulfill this program requirement or how you plan to fulfill these requirements. The MScBMI program does offer convenient bootcamps for all incoming students to help satisfy these prerequisites.

Bootcamps

For those that do not meet the prerequisite or would like a refresher course, we offer bootcamps for all incoming students. Bootcamp courses begin in August and end in September, with a program start date in Autumn.

Core courses

Core courses in the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics program expose students to the practical applications and theoretical elements that impact health informatics. Course offerings may change within an academic year. Students must choose five of the following core courses:

Elective courses

Students are able to customize their degree by selecting coursework to build concrete technical skills in bioinformatics, healthcare informatics, and big data analytics. Students must choose four of the following elective courses:

Capstone Project

Students complete their capstone project over the course of the last three quarters of the program. Students will register for a capstone course during these quarters. These courses are as follows: 
 

Select your concentration

The University of Chicago excels at offering students customized curricula through specialized offerings. You can focus your degree in Biomedical Informatics into specific areas of interest through four concentrations, as well as through a variety of elective coursework that can help you further stand out in this exciting and burgeoning field.

Students can choose one of four concentrations:

Bioinformatics allows you to dig into genomic and other biological data while working with DNA and RNA.

With Clinical Informatics, you can use data across clinical systems that will provide the whole picture of a patient's health.

Health Delivery Sciences allows you to explore the interconnectedness of systems and processes involved in real-world operations and research techniques critical to improving how people receive healthcare.

The Population Health Informatics concentration will help you unlock solutions in clinical data that can transform healthcare for large populations and solve problems on a wide scale.

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