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Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics

Biomedical Informatics Curriculum

Our Biomedical Informatics curriculum has been designed by academic faculty and medical industry professionals to ensure its relevance and applicability to the workforce needs in biomedical fields. Complete the degree in as quickly as one year to make an impact on the evolving field of health informatics.

Students in the Biomedical Informatics program will 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

MScBMI Degree Time to Completion

From start to finish the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics degree can be earned in as little as 12 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 either the Spring or Autumn quarter.

MScBMI Curriculum: 5 core courses, 4 elective courses, 3 capstone courses

Biomedical Informatics Curriculum

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 boot camps prior to matriculation. See prerequisite information below.

  • Five core courses
  • Four electives
  • Three capstone courses

BMI 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 boot camps. Boot camps 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.

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. 

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 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.

  • MSBI 39901: Capstone Proposal
  • MSBI 39902: Capstone Implementation
  • MSBI 39903: Capstone Writing and Presentation

Course Schedule

Fall/Spring Quarters


MSBI 31100: Introduction to Biomedical Informatics

MSBI 31300: Concepts in Computer Programming

MSBI 31500: Ethics and Policy Questions: Genomics, Health Care, and Big Data

MSBI 31800: Introduction to Applied Data Analysis

MSBI 32200: Big and Little Data in Health Care (Takes place only in Spring Quarter)

MSBI 32500: Advanced Bioinformatics: Genome Analysis

MSBI 32600: Geographic Information Systems and Health Information

MSBI 33100: Population Health Informatics

MSBI 33200: Machine Learning for Biomedical Informatics

MSBI 39902: Capstone Implementation

Winter/Summer Quarters


MSBI 31200: Leadership and Management for Informaticians

MSBI 31600: Advanced Concepts in Computer Programming

MSBI 32000: Intermediate Applied Data Analysis

MSBI 32100: Health IT Integration, Interoperability Standards (Takes place only in Winter Quarter)

MSBI 32300: Decision Support Systems and Health Care

MSBI 32400: Introduction to Bioinformatics

MSBI 32800: Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship

MSBI 32900: Evaluation Methods in Health Informatics

MSBI 39901: Capstone Proposal

MSBI 39903: Capstone Writing and Presentation

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