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SBMI Academic Programs

HIMSS Approved Education Partner SealJoin the health care revolution at The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston (SBMI) and earn your graduate certificate, Master of Science, or PhD in biomedical informatics. With both online and offline options, our programs are flexible, providing you with exciting career opportunities at an extraordinary value.

Program Curriculum
Sample an SBMI online course

Admission Deadlines

PROGRAM FALL SPRING SUMMER
Certificate July 1 November 1 March 1
Master's July 1 November 1 March 1
PhD March 1 July 1 November 1
DHI March 1 Only one DHI cohort will be admitted annually.

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Students enrolled in the certificate program at UTHealth SBMI will develop a deep understanding of both the opportunities and challenges of integrating information technology into health care. The program focuses on learning about and understanding the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of new biomedical information technology.

Upon completion of the program, students will have completed 15 hours of graduate credit and will receive a graduate-level certificate in either biomedical informatics, applied biomedical informatics or public health informatics.

The SBMI Certificate Program is perfect for...

Health care professionals looking to advance their careers:

  • Established physicians
  • Young physicians interested in a Clinical Informatics Fellowship
  • Medical students
  • Nurses
  • Medical engineers
  • Physical therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Health care management professionals
  • Mental health workers
  • Other health care providers

Non-health care professionals looking to learn biomedical & health informatics:

  • IT professionals in health care organizations
  • Developers, designers and managers at HIT companies
  • IT professionals in non-health care industries who want to impact HIT
  • Consultants in HIT, general IT, management, business, etc.

Recent college graduates or college seniors considering advanced careers:

  • Students in engineering disciplines, such as computer science and engineering, software engineering, EE, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, etc.
  • Students studying related math and science disciplines, such as mathematics, statistics, biological sciences, neuroscience, physics, chemistry, etc.
  • Students earning degrees in business and management disciplines
  • Students studying information science and library science

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At UTHealth SBMI you can be a part of the health care revolution by earning your Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Informatics. With two flexible program tracks, including a fully online option, SBMI provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver innovative solutions to real-world problems in health information technology.

Traditional Research Track:

Become a leader in the field of biomedical informatics. While completing this program, students will gain solid understanding of the various aspects of biomedical informatics, as well as in-depth knowledge in focus areas of their choosing. This track focuses on the acquisition of health care data and how it is used to support clinical decision making, making it a key factor in the future of health care.

The traditional research track culminates in a state-of-the-science paper or master's thesis.

Applied Biomedical Informatics Track:

This fully online program focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to implement, maintain and evaluate electronic health records (EHRs) and related health information systems. Students will learn about the modern U.S. health care system, health care legislation, standards, health information security protocols, health data analytics, clinical decision support and project management.

The applied track culminates in a capstone project that allows students to apply learned skills in a real-world setting.

Both tracks require 39 semester credit hours to complete. Upon completion of either track, students will receive a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics. All semester credit hours earned in the master's programs are transferrable to the doctoral program.

Career Opportunities after Graduation:

  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Director of Medical Informatics
  • Assist VP for Information Technology
  • Health Information Management Director
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Health Information Data Manager
  • Health Information System Application Designer
  • Developer and Designer at EHR companies
  • R&D at HIT companies
  • Compliance Officer
  • HIT Consultants
  • System analysts

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The biomedical informatics doctoral program is an intensive post-baccalaureate degree that emphasizes in-depth biomedical informatics concepts while allowing students to focus on research. Through both face to face and online classes, students will build upon their previous knowledge and skills, going beyond the fundamentals and exploring advanced concepts that are essential to the integration of information technology in all traditional healthcare disciplines.

The doctoral degree program requires 93 hours at the graduate level, and is only offered as a full-time, campus-based program.

Career opportunities after Graduation:

  • Faculty Member and Researcher
  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Director of Medical Informatics
  • Assist VP for Information Technology
  • Health Information Management Director
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Health Information Data Manager
  • Health Information System Application Designer
  • Developer and Designer at EHR companies
  • R&D at HIT companies
  • Compliance Officer
  • HIT Consultants
  • System analysts

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The Doctorate in Health Informatics program is the nation’s first terminal degree in health informatics. This practice doctorate is for professionals with documented executive or management-level healthcare experience. Students will explore how to translate evidence from original research, evaluate current practices, and utilize critical thinking to accelerate the adoption of best informatics practices in clinical and healthcare organizations.

Through both online classes and campus visits, students will examine evidence from original clinical and informatics research and apply it in a real-world scenario to enhance organizational and clinical practices. Rather than write a dissertation for the culminating project, the DHI program requires a large-scale translational project that students must complete in a healthcare organization.

The DHI degree program requires 63 hours for students who already hold a master’s degree in health informatics, or a related field. Students without the master’s degree must complete 33 semester credit hours of didactic coursework before starting the DHI curriculum.

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Take full advantage of SBMI’s biomedical informatics programs by programs by participating in one of available dual degree programs.

MS/MPH Dual Degree Program

This program combines the Master of Public Health from the School of Public Health with the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics degree from SBMI. With an integrated program that includes both shared courses and a practicum experience and/or thesis topic in public health informatics, students will learn the skills necessary to become leaders in the field.

PhD/MPH Dual Degree Program

This program combines the Master of Science in Public Health with the Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from SBMI. Students will participate in an integrated curriculum that will prepare them to be leaders in Public Health Informatics. Students will work with an advisory committee comprised of faculty from both institutions to determine specific fieldwork, practicum and courses.

MD/MS Dual Degree Program

This program combines the Doctor of Medicine degree from McGovern Medical School at UTHealth or UTRGV School of Medicine with the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics degree from SBMI. Students in this dual degree program will understand core clinical informatics disciplines such as technology assessment, quality and outcome improvement, data analytics and precision medicine.

Admission

To qualify for the dual degree program, students must be admitted separately to each institution. Additionally, students must fulfill individual diploma requirements for each program to earn their dual degree.

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Texas prides itself in its public universities, which offer high quality education at historically low rates. By attending UTHealth SBMI you are ensuring not only that you receive exemplary instruction, but that it is a worthwhile investment. The chart below highlights SBMI’s MS in Biomedical Informatics program as well as its certificate program compared to similar programs around the country. 

Tuition Comparison for Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics (2017-2018)
Cost of Program
(Resident)
Cost of Program
(Non-Resident)
UTHealth SBMI $9,594 $29,679
University of Houston $15,035 $31,000
Arizona State University $19,520 $38,912
College of St. Scholastica $26,796 $26,796
University of Illinois at Chicago $33,750 $33,750
University of Utah $39,617 $79,863
University of Washington $45,630 $45,630
Oregon Health & Science University $47,025 $55,000
Columbia $51,120 $51,120
Northwestern $51,480 $51,480
Vanderbilt University $56,664 $56,664
Stanford $63,000 $63,000
University of Michigan $66,404 $101,348
Tuition Comparison for Biomedical Informatics Certificate Program (2017-2018)
Cost of Program
(Resident)
Cost of Program
(Non-Resident)
UTHealth SBMI $3,690 $11,415
Stanford $11,340 $11,340
College of St. Scholastica $11,484 $11,484
University of Michigan $15,324 $23,388
University of Illinois at Chicago $18,000 $18,000
University of Utah $19,808 $39,932
Oregon Health & Science University $19,992 $22,992
Columbia $20,448 $20,448
Northwestern $34,320 $34,320

 

> How to apply

Please go to Apply Now to start an application to one of our certificate, master’s, or PhD programs. You may only apply to one program per admission cycle.

Application criteria may vary depending on the program you wish to be admitted to. Please see the admission requirements for more information.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the admission requirements, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 713.500.3591 or SBMIAdmissions@uth.tmc.edu.

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