Biomedical Informatics - Master of Public Health

Biomedical Informatics studies the use of information and information technology to improve individual health, health care, public health, and biomedical research. An educated workforce of biomedical informatics professionals will be able to address and handle the generation, collection, management, integration, analysis, and dissemination of various types and volumes of data.

Students admitted to the Master of Public Health (MPH) Biomedical Informatics degree program are assigned a faculty advisor who will provide guidance throughout the program.

Program of Study

The MPH-Biomedical Informatics curriculum consists of a minimum of 48 credits organized into five curricular domains:

  1. Core courses in areas of knowledge basic to public health (15 credits) 
  2. Courses required for a specialization in biomedical informatics (19 credits) 
  3. Elective courses (9 credits) 
  4. Practicum (2 credits minimum) 
  5. Culminating project (3 credits minimum)

For detailed additional information about specific requirements, students are directed to the College of Public Health (CPH) Graduate Student Handbook and to the Graduate School Handbook

Recommended Preparation

Students intending to pursue the Biomedical Informatics track in the MPH and MS degree program may enter via two academic pathways corresponding to preparatory work in either the computational/information or life sciences. Students with a strong background in the life sciences will choose electives focusing on computer science, project management, and data analysis principles; those students with strong backgrounds in the computational and information sciences will choose electives to help acculturate them to healthcare and biomedicine.

Typically, successful applicants should demonstrate a record of academic quality, achieving greater than or equal to a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; GRE scores greater than the 50th percentile, in verbal and quantitative; and greater than or equal to a 4 in analytical writing. Excellent recommendations and a strong personal statement are also very important for admittance into the programs.

For more information regarding application materials, test scores and codes, and decision timelines see our frequently asked questions page.