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Biomedical Informatics - Applied Biomedical Informatics Track, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Online
The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston offers a Master's Degree in Biomedical Informatics with two tracks: the traditional research track and the applied biomedical informatics track. Both tracks provide students knowledge and skills to deliver innovative solutions to real-world problems in health information technology.


The applied biomedical informatics track is a fully online program that focuses on knowledge and skills to implement, maintain, and evaluate electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information systems. Students will learn about the modern U.S. health care system, health care legislation, standards, health information security protocols, health data science, clinical decision support and project management. The applied track requires 39 semester credit hours to complete. The program culminates in a capstone project that allows students to apply learned skills in a real-world setting.

All master’s students, in both the research and applied tracks, must complete a practicum during their academic program. This gives our students hands-on field or research experience while providing them with the opportunity to work in a professional environment under the supervision of a preceptor with biomedical informatics or related experience. With the guidance of a SBMI faculty member and their practicum preceptor, students develop a proposal that details the goals and objectives of the project. During the project tenure, logs are submitted to track student progress and once the project is complete, a state-of-the-science or capstone report is due to evaluate what knowledge and/or skills were attained during the practicum.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intro to Biomedical Informatics
  • The US Healthcare System 
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Informatics
  • Security for Health Information Systems 
  • Introduction to Electronic Health Records
  • Quality and Outcome Improvement in Healthcare 
  • Standards in Health Informatics 
  • Systems Analysis & Project Management

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application Form & Fee
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree
  • Official transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended
  • GPA: Successful applicants have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Three Letter of reference
  • Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Page, double spaced Goal Statement
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - Successful applicants have quantitative, verbal and analytical scores in the 40th percentile or better

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    864 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 864 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    864 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 864 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    248 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 248 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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