Master's

Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics

Curriculum

Our Biomedical Informatics curriculum has been designed by faculty and medical industry professionals to ensure its relevance to biomedical fields’ workforce needs. 

Students in the Biomedical Informatics program learn and master:

  • Informatics methodology, applying tools and techniques to both research and applied problems in biomedical settings
  • Effective communication with diverse professional audiences regarding informatics issues and solutions
  • Management of biomedical informatics projects
  • Understanding of the ethical, privacy, and data security issues in the field

Time to Completion

From start to finish the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics degree can be earned in as little as twelve months to a maximum of five years. Students are able to take classes on either a part- or full-time basis. Students may enter in autumn quarter.

Curriculum

Required Courses

Students will be required to complete twelve courses. Students are expected to have introductory level competency in statistics and health sciences of clinical care and may need to complete bootcamps prior to matriculation. (See prerequisite information below.) The courses are as follows: 

  • Five core courses
  • Four electives
  • Three capstone courses

Health Informatics Degree Concentrations

Students can focus their coursework with degree concentrations that explore:

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants will be expected to have introductory level competency in:

  • 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.

These requirements may be filled prior to matriculation through bootcamps. Bootcamps for each of these subjects are offered in February-March for Spring start and in August-September for Autumn start.

In your application, please be sure to indicate in your personal statement which courses in your transcript fulfill these requirements or how you plan to fulfill these requirements.

Boot Camps

Core Courses

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

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 Courses

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: