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HIMSS Approved Education Partner SealThe University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston, together with the University of Texas School of Public Health, offer two Dual Degree programs in Public Health Informatics: a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics and a Master of Public Health (MS/MPH), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Informatics and a Master of Public Health (PhD/MPH). The programs provide an avenue for students to concurrently enroll in both degree programs so that duplication in course content is minimized, academic interaction is made more efficient, and the time and costs are reduced.



MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS & MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The MS/MPH program will prepare students to integrate public health informatics knowledge and skills in their professional lives as practitioners and researchers. Students will understand core public health disciplines such as health promotion, epidemiology, policy, and environmental health sciences as well as gain understanding and skills in biomedical informatics and developing informatics solutions.  The MS/MPH program shares course credits between the two degrees, allowing full-time students to obtain both degrees in a little as three years.

*A maximum of 16 SCH can be transferred in from SPH for completion of the MS in Biomedical Informatics. A student must complete a minimum of 24 SCH in courses at SBMI to be eligible for graduation from the MS/MPH program.

  • Application Form
  • $60 Application Fee
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended (international applicants see additional requirements following the table)
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): no minimum GPA requirement. Majority of successful applicants have a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Please note: Students on a F-1 student visa are not eligible to enroll in the Master of Science in Applied Biomedical Informatics program. F1 sponsorship is available for students in the Master of Science in Traditional Research Biomedical Informatics program.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    The majority of successful applicants to our master's program have individual GRE scores (quantitative, verbal and analytical) in the 40th percentile or higher.
  • Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of reference from educators & employers
  • Two page, double spaced Goal Statement.
  • Please note: Current students in the certificate program applying to the master's program should complete at least 3 classes before applying. It is also recommended that at least one of the reference letters be from an SBMI faculty member.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS & MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Students will use the public health and biomedical informatics expertise and skills gained in the PhD/MPH program to address health care issues in communities, regions, and populations via research.  Students will be expected to expand the scope of the public health informatics discipline, develop and evaluate new domains, and effectively communicate research findings to peers. The PhD/MPH program shares course credits between the two degrees, allowing full-time students to obtain both degrees in as little as five years.

*A maximum of 36 SCH can be transferred in as equivalency credit for completion of the PhD in Biomedical Informatics.

  • Application Form
  • $60 Application Fee
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended (international applicants see additional requirements following the table)
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): no minimum GPA requirement. Majority of successful applicants have a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    The majority of successful applicants to our doctoral programs have individual GRE scores (quantitative, verbal, and analytical) in the 50th percentile or higher.
  • The majority of successful applicants to our doctoral programs have individual GRE scores (quantitative, verbal, and analytical) in the 50th percentile or higher.
  • Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of reference from educators & employers
  • Three page, single spaced Goal Statement.
  • Please note: It is highly recommended for current SBMI students applying to the doctoral programs to submit at least one reference letter from an SBMI faculty member.

SBMI Contact Information:

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

Sahiti Myneni, PhD, MSE
Dual Degree Program Coordinator
Sahiti.Myneni@uth.tmc.edu

Jeanette L. Broshears
(956) 755-0678
Jeanette.L.Broshears@uth.tmc.edu

SPH Contact Information:

Elvis Parada, MS
School of Public Health
(713) 500-9028
Elvis.A.Parada@uth.tmc.edu

Application Deadlines

School of Biomedical Informatics M.S. Application Deadlines:

  • July 1st (for Fall admission)
  • November 1st (for Spring admission)
  • March 1st (for Summer admission)

School of Biomedical Informatics Ph.D. Application Deadlines:

  • March 1st (for Fall admission)
  • July 1st (for Spring admission)
  • November 1st (for Summer admission)

School of Public Health Application Deadlines:

- Please visit the UTHealth School of Public Health website for all application deadlines.

Application forms and directions may be obtained from the Registrar's Office.

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