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Undergraduate Accelerated Master’s (4+1) Program
Undergraduate Accelerated Master’s (4 + 1) Program Certificate in Biomedical Informatics with
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

What is the Undergraduate Accelerated Master’s (4 + 1) Program?


  • Undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Arts/Science and a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics over the course of five years through the Undergraduate Accelerated Master’s (4+1) Program. The program is an integrated program that overlaps graduate curriculum into the student's undergraduate work, which provides the opportunity to graduate with the bachelors at the same time as their Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Informatics.
  • After completion of the five course program, students have the opportunity to continue at McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston and earn a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics in just one year.


  • Completing graduate school work during your undergraduate program
  • Transferring credit hours back to your undergraduate program
  • Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree AND a Graduate Certificate (at the same time)
  • Graduate courses are completed 100% online
  • You will have one (1) more year to complete your Master of Science degree from McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston
  • Completing a graduate certificate in Biomedical Informatics allows students to become more competitive candidates when applying to professional degrees such as nursing, medicine, dentistry or pharmacy
  • 4+1 program graduates will have the education, skill set and experience needed to enter the workforce in a variety of biomedical informatics fields

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The course requirements for earning both the undergraduate degree and graduate certificate from will vary by participating major. McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics provides a variety of 4+1 Certificates to complement the unique undergraduate programs offered at UTRGV. All certificate students will take BMI 5300: Introduction to Biomedical Informatics the first semester they enter the program. This introductory graduate level course provides an overview of Biomedical Informatics and Health Information Technology and introduces the major areas of the evolving discipline. To view the list of degree planners available by major visit our 4+1 page.

Courses offered to 4+1 Students:

BMI 6340: Health Information Visualization and Visual Analytics

3 semester credit hours
Lecture contact hours: 2; Lab contact hours: 3
Web-based and classroom instruction
Lab Fee: $30

This course introduces the basics of information visualization, which is the use of interactive visual representations of data to amplify human cognition. Properly constructed visualizations allow us to analyze data by exploring it from different perspectives and using the power of our visual system to quickly reveal patterns and relationships. This course uses practical, hands-on examples and exercises to teach the theory and application of information visualization for health data. The class emphasizes visual analysis of time-series data, ranking and part-to-whole relations, deviations, distributions, correlations, multivariate, and geographic data. You will also learn how to combine multiple visualizations into interactive dashboards and how to use Tableau, a state-of-the-art information visualization tool to produce and deliver visualizations and dashboards quickly and easily.

BMI 5380: Principles and Foundations of Public Health Informatics

3 semester credit hours
Lecture contact hours: 2; Lab contact hours: 3
Web-based and classroom instruction
Lab Fee: $30

This course provides foundational knowledge relevant to Public Health Informatics (PHI), and exposes students to emerging research and application areas in this field. Topics covered include: public health registries and databases, surveillance systems, data exchange and standards, interoperability issues, the role of informatics in health promotion, use of web 2.0 informatics tools to understand behavior change, public health communication and dissemination, public health policy, and project management.

BMI 5328: System Analysis
and Project Management

3 semester credit hours
Lecture contact hours: 2; Lab contact hours: 3
Web-based instruction

This course is an introduction to both systems analysis and project management. The student will have the opportunity to learn more about the approaches and tools available for systems analysis. Additionally, the student will learn more about the roles, responsibilities, and duties of a project manager. Moreover, the student will learn project management methods and the core activities of a project manager as well as the tools and techniques required to ensure the success of a large health care information technology project such as the implementation of a system or the evaluation of an existing system. Specific emphasis will be on training and support during go-live, total costing of projects, and explicit change management techniques.

BMI 5302: Introduction to Human Factors in Healthcare

3 semester credit hours
Lecture contact hours: 2; Lab contact hours: 3
Web-based and classroom instruction
Lab Fee: $30

The course covers human factors topics with focus on healthcare. The topics include basics of human computer interactions, design and evaluation of healthcare interfaces, and role of usability in patient safety. The students will evaluate design of healthcare systems, including EHR modules, health information display (dashboards, health education material), social networks for health, mobile health (apps, sensors, wearables, and devices) and medical devices. The students will also develop functioning prototypes for healthcare design solutions.


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  • Tuition for the Undergraduate Accelerated Master’s (4 + 1) Program is paid separately to UTHealth Houston.
  • Students can apply for scholarships but they may also be able to use Financial Aid they receive at UTRGV.
  • Students who receive Pell, Texas Grant or other types of aid might be eligible to use those funds to help pay for their courses at UTHealth Houston when the courses taken are being used toward completing their bachelor’s degree.

Is The SBMI 4+1 Program Right for You?

  • Are you an undergraduate student at UTRGV?
  • Do you want to incorporate graduate curriculum in your undergraduate studies?
  • Are you searching for an online program that is personal and hands-on but offers guidance from an advisor?
  • Do you want to explore informatics concepts under the instruction of subject matter experts?

Are you interested and want to learn more?
Hear from one of our former 4+1 student.

SBMI 4+1 student, Daniela Dally

Daniela Dally, former SBMI 4+1 student

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