Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics

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. 

The goal of the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics program is for students to learn and master the following:

  • 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

How long will it take to earn a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics?

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. 

How many courses are required to earn a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics degree?

Students will be required to complete nine courses—five core courses and four electives—and a capstone project.

Students can focus their coursework with degree concentrations that explore bioinformatics, clinical informatics, population health informatics, and health delivery sciences. Explore concentrations ›

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

You may fulfill these requirements through Graham School prior to matriculation. We will offer a boot camp for each of these subjects 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. 


Students are able to customize their degree by selecting coursework to build concrete technical skills in bioinformatics, healthcare informatics, and big data analytics. Four elective courses are required for degree completion.

Capstone Courses  

Students will 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