Program of Study

Experiential Learning and Industry-guided Coursework

After completing core courses, students are able to tailor the program to their professional interests and career goals. With the advice of our Industry Advisory Board, we offer three tracks and four specialties adapted to market demands. Both, the thesis and non-thesis options require a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework to include Core Courses, practicums, electives* and respective track courses:

Become an Expert by Specializing

After completing the required courses for each track, students' options blossom. Continue to specialize in your track or choose another sepcialty by participating in our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and industry sponsored practicums.*

Currently we offer the following 4 specialties:

*Participation in Special Interest Groups for 2 semesters and a minimum of 3 CH of a practicum are required to specialize.

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Specialties

Specialty: Clinical Informatics Leadership

Professionals with clinical backgrounds can choose this specialty to learn how to lead clinical systems implementations in health care organizations. Student following this specialty will be the future generation of Chief Clinical Informatics Officers (CCIOs). CCIOs are integral to health care leadership teams. Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO), Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO), as well as Chief Pharmacy Informatics Officer (CPIO), and Chief Dental Informatics Officer (CDIO).
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Specialty: Decision Support Systems Design & Implementation

To address health care delivery deficiencies, hospitals are increasingly turning to clinical decision support systems (CDSS). CDSS have been shown to improve prescribing practices, reduce serious medication errors, enhance delivery of preventive care, and improve adherence to recommended care standards. These systems are dependent on correct implementation and continual evaluation of processes and outcomes. Students with this specialty will gain knowledge and skills to excel in these areas.
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Specialty: Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Vast amounts of data generated through patient care, biomedical literature, and social media are in free-text format. This, presents significant challenges in leveraging the information stored in the text for decision support, surveillance, and research. Students with NLP specialty will learn to extract and structurally make sense of biomedical text. They will also develop applications using information currently locked in text. According to a recent report, the health care NLP market is expected to more than double by 2020.
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Specialty: Sociotechnical Design & Evaluation

Students with this emphasis will gain knowledge and skills in cognitive psychology, human factors, and usability evaluation. They will perform services and evaluation for health IT companies and health care systems. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ certification requirements promoting usability in EHR products will create new job opportunities for people with usability evaluation skills.
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M.S. Application Deadlines

Early Decision* Feb 1, 2018
Regular Decision*

April 1, 2018

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

Classes begin on Monday, August 20, 2018

Online Application

Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah