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Academic Programs - School of Biomedical Informatics
Master's Program PhD Program Dual Degree Program

Join the health care revolution at The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston (SBMI) and earn your graduate certificate, Master of Science, or PhD in health informatics. With both online and offline options, our programs are flexible, providing you with exciting career opportunities at an extraordinary value.

Application deadline for Summer 2015 is March 15

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Summer 2015 application deadline: March 15, 2015

Students enrolled in the certificate program at UTHealth SBMI will develop a deep understanding of both the opportunities and challenges of integrating information technology into health care. The program focuses on learning about and understanding the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of new health information technology.

Upon completion of the program, students will have completed 15 hours of graduate credit and will receive a graduate-level certificate in either health informatics, applied health informatics or public health informatics.

The SBMI Certificate Program is perfect for...

Health care professionals looking to advance their careers:

  • Established physicians
  • Young physicians interested in a Clinical Informatics Fellowship
  • Medical students
  • Nurses
  • Medical engineers
  • Physical therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Health care management professionals
  • Mental health workers
  • Other health care providers

Non-health care professionals looking to learn biomedical & health informatics:

  • IT professionals in health care organizations
  • Developers, designers and managers at HIT companies
  • IT professionals in non-health care industries who want to impact HIT
  • Consultants in HIT, general IT, management, business, etc.

Recent college graduates or college seniors considering advanced careers:

  • Students in engineering disciplines, such as computer science and engineering, software engineering, EE, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, etc.
  • Students studying related math and science disciplines, such as mathematics, statistics, biological sciences, neuroscience, physics, chemistry, etc.
  • Students earning degrees in business and management disciplines
  • Students studying information science and library science


Interested in learning more about UTHealth SBMI's Certificate Program? Request more information, take a look at the certificate program webpage and review the admission requirements.

Submit your application for Summer 2015 by March 15, 2015.

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Summer 2015 application deadline: March 15, 2015

At UTHealth SBMI you can be a part of the health care revolution by earning your Master of Science Degree in Health Informatics. With two flexible program tracks, including a fully online option, SBMI provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver innovative solutions to real-world problems in health information technology.

Traditional Research Track:

Become a leader in the field of health informatics. While completing this program, students will gain solid understanding of the various aspects of biomedical informatics, as well as in-depth knowledge in focus areas of their choosing. This track focuses on the acquisition of health care data and how it is used to support clinical decision making, making it a key factor in the future of health care.

The traditional research track culminates in a state-of-the-science paper or master's thesis.

Applied Health Informatics Track:

This fully online program focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to implement, maintain and evaluate electronic health records (EHRs) and related health information systems. Students will learn about the modern U.S. health care system, health care legislation, standards, health information security protocols, health data analytics, clinical decision support and project management.

The applied track culminates in a capstone project that allows students to apply learned skills in a real-world setting.

Both tracks require 39 semester credit hours to complete, pending final approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Upon completion of either track, students will receive a Master of Science in Health Informatics. All semester credit hours earned in the master's programs are transferrable to the doctoral program.

Career Opportunities after Graduation:

  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Director of Medical Informatics
  • Assist VP for Information Technology
  • Health Information Management Director
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Health Information Data Manager
  • Health Information System Application Designer
  • Developer and Designer at EHR companies
  • R&D at HIT companies
  • Compliance Officer
  • HIT Consultants
  • System analysts


Interested in learning more about SBMI's Master of Science in Health Informatics degree? Request more information and review the admission requirements.

Submit your application for Summer 2015 by March 15, 2015.

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Fall 2015 application deadline: March 15, 2015

The health informatics doctoral program is an intensive post-baccalaureate degree that emphasizes in-depth health informatics concepts while allowing students to focus on research. Through both face to face and online classes, students will build upon their previous knowledge and skills, going beyond the fundamentals and exploring advanced concepts that are essential to the integration of information technology in all traditional healthcare disciplines.

The doctoral degree program requires 93 hours at the graduate level, and is only offered as a full-time, campus-based program.

Career opportunities after Graduation:

  • Faculty Member and Researcher
  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Director of Medical Informatics
  • Assist VP for Information Technology
  • Health Information Management Director
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Health Information Data Manager
  • Health Information System Application Designer
  • Developer and Designer at EHR companies
  • R&D at HIT companies
  • Compliance Officer
  • HIT Consultants
  • System analysts


Learn more about SBMI's Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics degree by requesting more information and reviewing the admission requirements.

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Summer 2015 application deadline: March 15, 2015

Take full advantage of SBMI’s health informatics programs by participating in one of two possible dual degree programs.

Masters Dual Degree Program

This program combines the Master of Science in Public Health from the School of Public Health with the Master of Science in Health Informatics degree from SBMI. With an integrated program that includes both shared courses and a practicum experience and/or thesis topic in public health informatics, students will learn the skills necessary to become leaders in the field.

Doctoral Dual Degree Program

This program combines the Master of Science in Public Health with the Ph.D. in Health Informatics from SBMI. Students will participate in an integrated curriculum that will prepare them to be leaders in Public Health Informatics. Students will work with an advisory committee comprised of faculty from both institutions to determine specific fieldwork, practica and courses.

Admission

To qualify for the dual degree program, students must be admitted separately to each institution. Additionally, students must fulfill individual diploma requirements for each program to earn their dual degree.

Request more information about SBMI’s Dual Degree program and review the admission requirements.

Submit your application for Summer 2015 by March 15, 2015.

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Texas prides itself in its public universities, which offer high quality education at historically low rates. By attending UTHealth SBMI you are ensuring not only that you receive exemplary instruction, but that it is a worthwhile investment. The chart below highlights SBMI’s MS in Health Informatics program as well as its certificate program compared to similar programs around the country. 

Tuition Comparison for Master of Science in Health Informatics (2013-2014)
Cost of Program
(Resident)
Cost of Program
(Non-Resident)
UTHealth SBMI $7,836 $29,400
University of Illinois at Chicago $18,624 $34,620
University of Utah $20,541 $43,910
Arizona State University $20,600 $37,944
College of St. Scholastica $28,060 $28,060
Oregon Health & Science University $32,000 $36,000
University of Washington $34,380 $34,380
Northwestern $40,986 $40,986
Columbia $44,716 $44,716
University of Michigan $48,792 $80,668
Vanderbilt University $48,916 $48,916
Duke $52,900 $52,900
Tuition Comparison for Health Informatics Certificate Program (2013-2014)
Cost of Program
(Resident)
Cost of Program
(Non-Resident)
UTHealth SBMI $3,091 $10,500
Northwestern $10,432 $10,432
College of St. Scholastica $10,980 $10,980
University of Utah $11,066 $22,750
Duke $12,500 $12,500
Oregon Health & Science University $14,208 $16,320
University of Illinois at Chicago $14,796 $26,794
Columbia $15,204 $15,204
University of Michigan $24,396 $40,334
University of Washington $25,075 $25,075

 

> How to apply

All applications for admission to the Summer 2015 semester to the certificate program, Certificate program and Masters of Science program must be submitted by March 15, 2015. Applications for Fall 2015 admission to the doctoral program are due March 15, 2015.

Application criteria may vary depending on the program you wish to be admitted to. Please see all program admissions requirements for more information.

If you have any questions regarding the admission process, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 713.500.3591 or SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu. For detailed information regarding submission requirements, refer to the Admissions Requirements. Students interested in the PhD program have until March 15, 2015 to apply to the school to be considered for Fall 2015 admission.