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HIMSS Approved Education Partner SealMcWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston offers several graduate-level certificates in:

  • Applied Biomedical Informatics
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Health Data Science
  • Pharmacy Informatics

These McWilliam certificates are designed for self-motivated individuals who want to transition into the health care industry via informatics or already seasoned health care professionals seeking informatics education.

Each certificate requires the completion of five selected courses, which can be finished in as little as two semesters. Semester credit hours earned in the certificate programs are transferable to the corresponding master's/doctoral program.

NOTE - Students pursuing a certificate as their only academic program are not eligible for financial aid. Certificate students may be eligible for McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics scholarships, if funds are available.

McWilliams SBMI also partners with several institutions to provide Joint Certificates, Program Collaborations and Accelerated Master’s (4+1) programs to eligible students.

Please review the Admissions Requirements for your particular program of interest. Feel free to visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to also assist in your application journey.

Admission Deadlines

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

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The 15-semester credit hour certificate in applied biomedical informatics is a fully online program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate, implement and maintain electronic health records and health information systems. The certificate is only available online. Students can select from two available options:

Option 1 - A set of five predetermined courses with an emphasis in Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Option 2 - BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics (required) and the choice of any four courses from the catalog with advice from the certificate program coordinator(s). This option allows professionals interested in biomedicine or learning and technology to customize their certificate to meet their needs.


The 15-semester credit hour certificate in biomedical informatics focuses on the opportunities and challenges in integrating technology in modern health care. It is designed to introduce students to basic and practical ways to develop health information solutions. The certificate can be completed online or in person. Students can select from two available options:

Option 1 - A set of five predetermined classes

Option 2 - BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics* and the choice of any four courses from the catalog with advice from the certificate program coordinator(s). This option allows professionals interested in a specific area of study to explore one of our concentrations including:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Clinical Informatics

The 15-semester credit hour certificate helps students expand their understanding of the interrelatedness of healthcare, data analysis and data visualization. Students studying health data science gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively analyze, interpret, and present health care data to increase quality, reduce costs, and improve operations. The certificate can be completed online or in person.


The 15-semester credit hour, fully online, certificate in pharmacy informatics explores informatics practices centered on medication-related patient care and improved health outcomes. Students will learn about the importance of informatics practices while managing medication-related information in electronic health records, pharmacy information systems, and other automated systems. The certificate can only be completed online.

Contact Information

For more information about the certificate program please contact:

Office of Academic Affairs
D. Bradley McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston
713.500.3591 or
[email protected]