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HIMSS Approved Education Partner SealThe UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) is the first school in the nation to offer an advanced, practice degree in health informatics. The Doctorate in Health Informatics (DHI) provides unique curriculum that was custom-built for executive-level professionals seeking a terminal, applied degree in the field of health informatics.

The program is best suited for individuals who have at least three (3) years of informatics experience at the management or supervisory level. An applicant who lacks substantial informatics in her or his background must at least have advanced IT work experience.

The DHI is a 63-semester credit hour program for students who already hold a master’s degree in health informatics, or a related field. Students without a master’s degree in health informatics, or a related field, can enter the program with a bachelor’s degree. However, those students must complete 33 semester credit hours of didactic coursework before starting the DHI curriculum.


Important Details

  • Only one DHI cohort will be admitted annually. Each cohort will begin in fall.
  • Fall Deadline - March 1

This practice doctorate provides informatics leaders with the advanced education required 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. Because the program is geared towards working professionals, instruction for the DHI is in a hybrid environment with more than 50% of the coursework taught online. Students will be required to make visits to SBMI’s campus each semester to meet with their classmates, instructors and advisors.

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.


Important Dates for Fall 2022

  • August 25-26, 2022 – DHI Student Orientation

SBMI Contact Information:

For more information or questions about the DHI program, please contact:

Office of Academic Affairs
School of Biomedical Informatics
(713) 500-3591

DHI Program Coordinators

Susan Fenton, PhD
SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu

Angela Ross, DNP
Angela.M.Ross@uth.tmc.edu

Debora Simmons, PhD
Debora.J.Simmons@uth.tmc.edu

Information Sessions

DHI webinar sessions will be posted here once they are scheduled. Please review one of our past sessions here until we post the next live event.

You may also want to visit our admission sessions for upcoming prospective student webinars where we present information about all the programs offered at SBMI.

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