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The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston offers a Master's Degree in Biomedical Informatics with two tracks: the traditional research track and the applied biomedical informatics track. Both tracks provide students knowledge and skills to deliver innovative solutions to real-world problems in health information technology.  Both tracks can be completed online, and students have the option of enrolling full time or part time in either track.  Semester credit hours earned in the master's programs are transferrable to the doctoral program.


The traditional research track focuses on how health and biomedical data are collected and processed into health information and knowledge and how they are applied to support clinical decision making. Students in this track will gain solid understanding in basic aspects of biomedical informatics as well as in-depth knowledge in focus areas of the student's choosing. The traditional research track requires 39 semester credit hours to complete. The program concludes in a capstone/practicum project that allows students to work on an investigative project to demonstrate their learning acquisition in a professional setting.



The mission of the applied master’s in the biomedical informatics program is to educate and train future leaders, innovators, and problem solvers across Texas, the nation, and the world. Our students will utilize data, information, and knowledge to design, implement, and evaluate health information solutions to improve human health.

The applied biomedical informatics track is a fully online program. Students will learn about the modern U.S. health care system, electronic health records (EHRs), health care legislation, standards, health information security protocols, health data science, change management, and project management. The program culminates in a capstone project that allows students to apply learned skills in a real-world setting.

  • 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.
Traditional Research Track
Courses Credits
BMI 5300 - Intro to Biomedical Informatics 3
BMI 5310 - Foundations of Biomedical Information Sciences I 3
BMI 5311 - Foundations of Biomedical Information Sciences II 3
BMI 5351 - Research Design and Evaluation in Biomedical Informatics 3
BMI 5352 - Statistical Methods in Biomedical Informatics 3
BMI 6313 - Scientific Writing in Healthcare 3
BMI 6000 - Practicum in Biomedical Informatics 3
Select 6 courses from one of the tracks below to complete your degree 18
Total Hours 39
Applied Biomedical Informatics Track
Courses Credits
BMI 5300 - Intro to Biomedical Informatics (required) 3
BMI 5301 - The US Healthcare System (required) 3
BMI 5305 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Informatics (required) 3
BMI 5313 - Foundations of Electronic Health Records and Clinical Information Systems (required) 3
BMI 5315 - Quality and Outcome Improvement in Healthcare (required) 3
BMI 5317 - Applied Data Management (required) 3
BMI 5328 - Systems Analysis & Project Management (required) 3
BMI 5329 - Workflow Process Modeling (required) 3
BMI 5371 - Business and Technical Communication (required) 3
BMI 6316 - Change Management in Health Informatics (required) 3
BMI 6340 - Health Information Visualization & Visual Analytics (required) 3
BMI 6000 - Practicum in Biomedical Informatics (required) 3
Elective Course: Students select one elective course with advisor guidance. (required) 3
Total Hours 39
Required Courses - any exceptions must be pre-approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs prior to course registration


All master’s students, in both the research and applied tracks, must complete a practicum during their academic program. This gives our students hands-on field or research experience while providing them with the opportunity to work in a professional environment under the supervision of a preceptor with biomedical informatics or related experience. With the guidance of a SBMI faculty member and their practicum preceptor, students develop a proposal that details the goals and objectives of the project. During the project tenure, logs are submitted to track student progress and once the project is complete, a state-of-the-science or capstone report is due to evaluate what knowledge and/or skills were attained during the practicum.

Visit the practicum webpage for more information.

Contact Information

For more information on the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics, please contact:

Office of Academic Affairs

Kimberly Smith, PhD
Master's Track Program Coordinator

Susan H. Fenton, PhD
Master’s Applied Track Program Director

Admission Deadlines

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

Fall - July 1
Spring - November 1
Summer - March 1

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