Programs & Degrees

Degree Programs

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals may apply for an MS or PhD degree. In addition, the department encourages applications for degree programs from individuals with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, biology, biochemistry, statistics, or other relevant fields.

Postdoctoral & Graduate Programs


Funded positions are available to applicants with a previous MD, PhD, PharmD, or other health care doctorate. Details and application instructions.

Graduate Certificate Program

The Certificate Program allows students to gain a broad background in core informatics issues, as well as more specialized knowledge in the sub-domains, such as bioinformatics, public health informatics, clinical information systems, and medical imaging. Individual programs of study allow for further specialization and development of knowledge in related fields. Learn more about applying to the certificate program

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

We offer one course for CME credit. This course is delivered asynchronously online and is seven weeks long.

In addition, the weekly Biomedical Informatics Seminar has CME accreditation. Please contact the Academic Program Manager mail to learn how to earn CME credits.

Web-Based Distance Learning Courses

These courses do not have an in-person classroom session. There are two ways to benefit from this course delivery for some offerings: as a university credit course or as non-credit continuing education. Some classes are delivered asynchronously. View courses.

Interdisciplinary and Cooperative Training

Medical Student Research Opportunities

The Department of Biomedical Informatics offers the following research elective to interested medical students:
BMI 7050: An independent research project arranged between an individual student and individual BMI faculty mentor. Proposed research should apply the scientific method and be hypothesis driven, with the expectation of a significant contribution by the student to a project suitable for co-authorship on an abstract at a national meeting or a manuscript publication. This elective provides a third or fourth-year medical student with the opportunity to learn about the various domains of biomedical informatics including clinical, public health and translational/research informatics. The student will read and discuss key informatics literature with the course director(s). The student will also attend the Department's weekly seminar and other didactics as appropriate, and undertake a research project with a faculty member in an area of interest to the student. During the course of the elective, the student will gain an understanding of the scope of informatics and an appreciation for ways in which informatics knowledge and tools may enhance his/her professional career. Summer rotations by prior approval only.
Learn more at (This is the link to the course description and registration process in the online medical student  catalog.)
Research projects that fulfill the School of Medicine Scholarly Activity requirement may also be arranged upon request. (We could either provide John's contact information here or include a list of BMI faculty who are interested in working with medical students with links to their profiles/labs/contact information.)

Interdisciplinary training: Health Services Administration (HSA)

The Health Services Administration (HSA) program is an interdepartmental Master's level program that prepares students for administrative positions in policy and planning in both the public and private sectors. The HSA program requires that additional coursework be completed beyond the requirements of the biomedical informatics MS. Upon successful completion of both sets of requirements, the student is awarded a diploma which indicates that a master's degree has been obtained in biomedical informatics, as well as master's level training in the field of health services administration.

Find more information about the HSA program.

Interdisciplinary training: Nursing Informatics

The Department of Biomedical Informatics has a close working relationship with the College of Nursing Informatics program. Three nursing informatics faculty are adjunct members of the Biomedical Informatics Department and five Biomedical Informatics faculty are adjunct members of the College of Nursing Informatics program. This cooperative relationship allows the sharing of both faculty, courses, and research opportunities.

Find more information about the College of Nursing's Informatics Program.

Cooperative Training

University of Texas Brownsville/Texas Southmost College Bridges to Doctorate Program

International Partnership Programs 

International Partnership In Health Informatics Education (IPHIE) Exchange Program

In an international initiative on forming a cooperation for students’ and teachers’ exchange between dedicated programs in health and medical informatics, the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah has joined with the IPHIE.

Interested students can apply to be part of this exchange program. Learn more about IPHIE program.

M.S. Application Deadlines


Early Decision*

Regular Decision*

Spring 2018

August 1, 2017

October 1, 2017

Fall 2018

Feb 1, 2018

April 1, 2018

*Decisions are typically delivered within 4-6 weeks after submission deadline.

*Spring 2018: classes begin on Monday, January 8, 2018
*Fall 2018: classes begin on Monday, August 20, 2018

Online Application

Ph.D. Application Deadlines

Fall 2017 Semester

Domestic: December 31st, 2016

International: December 1st, 2016

Online Application

Overview of Biomedical Informatics