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HIMSS Approved Education Partner SealThe University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston (SBMI) offers a full time doctoral program in Biomedical Informatics that is designed to be inherently trans-disciplinary and integrative.  Involving students with a variety of backgrounds, the program emphasizes fundamental informatics concepts that can apply to all health disciplines. The program is only offered on a full-time and on-campus basis.  Students usually take five years to complete this 93 semester credit hours program.

SBMI offers full-ride scholarships for Ph.D. students that include tuition support during the first year of academic study. These competitive scholarships are limited and offered to the most qualified Ph.D. program applicants.

The trans-disciplinary doctoral program focuses on advanced studies of biomedical informatics in both theories and applications.  Students with a variety of backgrounds, including biomedical sciences, computer science and engineering, work together in teams to research real clinical and biomedical problems and develop innovative solutions. The program meets the unique needs of each student by using custom-designed degree plans with the assistance of an advisory committee that guides student progress from admission through graduation.

Students enrolled in the doctoral program will take a set of required courses as well as a set of elective courses based on student interest, pass an advance to candidacy exam, carry out doctoral research in proposed topics, assemble a doctoral dissertation, and defend the dissertation in public.

Contact Information

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

Office of Academic Affairs
(713) 500-3591

Susan Fenton, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA
Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

For a summary of the admission requirements for the degree and non-degree programs click here.

Fall - December 1
Spring - July 1
Summer - N/A

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