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D. Bradley McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics

Transforming Data to Power Human Health™
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  • First informatics school to receive a sizable charitable donation and rename the school to honor the donor’s gift.

  • First informatics school to offer a Doctorate in Health Informatics curated for informatics working professionals.

  • Fifteen faculty members were awarded sixteen different grants totaling more than $31 million for research in Medical AI in Fall of 2023.

  • One of the largest informatics schools with 65 regular and 64 adjunct faculty members, 188 research and admin staff and 490 students.

  • Our alumni consist of over 1400 graduates with over 75 with doctorate degrees, 700 master’s degrees, and over 600 with a graduate certificate.

Training future scientists to revolutionize healthcare using informatics, artificial intelligence, and health data science.

McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics is shaping the future of patient care, disease prevention, and biomedical discovery by transforming data into innovative solutions powered by artificial intelligence, data science, and informatics. We are the only biomedical informatics program with advanced doctoral degrees in Texas and the largest and only free-standing informatics school in the nation. Explore the education and research opportunities offered within our three departments.

McWilliams Quick Facts

First in Texas

Only informatics program in Texas with advanced doctoral degrees.

Standalone School

Only freestanding school among 100+ AMIA Academic Forum Institutions.

One of the largest

One of the largest internationally, with more than 130 regular and adjunct faculty and more than 400 graduate students.

Affordable Tuition

Affordable in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Distinguished Faculty

2 PECASE Awardees; 12 ACMI Fellows; 10 FAMIA Fellows; 5 IAHSI Fellows.

Location, Location, Location

Located in the Texas Medical Center,
the largest in the world.

Explore Our Programs

Our faculty train the next generation of scientists through graduate certificate programs, dual degree programs, master’s programs, and doctoral programs for future careers as cognitive scientists, statisticians, hospital administrators, pharmacists, and more.

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctorate in Health Informatics (DHI)
View Doctoral Programs

Master's Program

  • Applied Track
  • Research Track
View Master's Program

Certificate/Non-Degree Programs

  • Undergraduate Accelerated Master’s (4+1)
  • Certificates
  • Non-Degree
View Certificate Programs

Dual Degree Programs

  • MD/MS
  • PharmD/MS
  • PhD/MPH
  • MS/MPH
View Dual Degree Programs

Research at our school

Whether researching molecules or entire populations, our faculty and students have the power to unlock life-changing discoveries, including new technology, improved health care delivery, and disease prevention. Our team leads research and programs that range from enhancing artificial intelligence and machine learning to helping inform and improve the global response to COVID-19.

Explore Our Research Centers
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Learn About D. Bradley McWilliams

D. Bradley “Brad” McWilliams, a longtime supporter of UTHealth Houston, made a transformative commitment to the School of Biomedical Informatics to bolster our mission of enhancing human health through data science. In gratitude for his visionary investment, the school is named D. Bradley McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics.

About D. Bradley McWilliams

Career Outlook

Informatics Career Outcome Numbers

We crunched the numbers and they don't lie. Follow the link below to learn more about your future with a career in informatics.

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Upcoming Events

Celebrating the 7th Annual John P. Glaser Health Informatics Society Proceedings

October 25, 2024

Please join McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston
in celebrating the 7th Annual John P. Glaser Health Informatics Society Proceedings

Institute of Molecular Medicine Building - Beth Robertson Auditorium
1825 Pressler Street, Houston, TX 77030

2024 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

November 9, 2024

Join the UTHealth Houston Institute on Aging in making strides against Alzheimer’s disease during the 2024 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event.

The institute is a proud sponsor of this year’s event, slated for Saturday, Nov. 9, at University of Houston’s Lynn Eusan Park, 4800 Calhoun Road.

Join the UTHealth Houston walking team on the Alzheimer's Association website, or donate funds to the cause. The Institute on Aging aims to unite all the schools together in one team, showing the university’s role in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

The Institute on Aging believes everyone plays a crucial role in supporting those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, so it’s stepping up to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s — to show unwavering support for individuals and families impacted by this devastating condition.

Join the institute and walk together, hand in hand, to raise awareness, funds, and hope for a future free from Alzheimer’s.

The walk benefits the Alzheimer’s Association, which provides research funding to institutions like UTHealth Houston, as well as educational materials for physicians and patients.

For more information about the walking team or event, contact Monica Bennett, senior administrative assistant, at [email protected]. 


Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) is a peer-reviewed, accreditation process for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. This designation ensures that accredited schools continuously improve the quality of health information management and health informatics education to meet healthcare workforce needs.

  • Our Master’s program earned CAHIIM accreditation in 2019
  • The school’s curriculum meets standards set by health informatics educators from across the nation.
  • Our students earn an accredited education that is both relevant and provides current skills required by today's employers.
  • Our continuously maintains and upholds all CAHIIM policies and procedure to maintain program accreditation.


HIMSS Approved Education Partners (AEP) are educational programs that demonstrate that their educational development activities meet the rigorous standards of quality, as identified by HIMSS. AEPs are authorized to offer HIMSS-approved healthcare and health information technology education and training programs that prepare candidates for advanced knowledge in health IT and healthcare.

  • As a HIMSS AEP since 2016, our curriculum meets HIMSS's high educational standards.
  • Our education and training programs prepare candidates for advanced knowledge in health IT and healthcare.
  • Students receive the education and knowledge needed for both the CAHIMS and CPHIMS certifications.
  • Our Continuing Education courses also meet HIMSS’s industry-level standards for effective health training.

SBMI PM Course - CE

SBMI is a PMI Authorized Training Partner. With this designation, you can be assured that your training has been vetted by the Project Management Institute to meet their exacting standards.

  • Two SBMI courses, BMI 5328 – Systems Management and Project Management and BMI 7360 – Advanced Project Management, utilize PMI materials and can be used as educational credits towards the PMP or CAPM.
  • SBMI also offers a continuing education Project Management course.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has six core values. They are:

  • Integrity
  • Peer Review/Self-regulation
  • Student Learning
  • Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Transparency

SACSCOC is an institutional accreditor that employs an accountable and transparent peer review process which assures educational quality and integrity, fosters continuous self-improvement, and promotes student success.