Program of Study

The PhD degree requires approximately 40 hours of formal class work with a grade of B or better. A PhD student must pass a written and oral Comprehensive Exam after the first year of study. Graduate work at this or other institutions, including courses taken for a MS degree, may be applied to the PhD coursework requirement at the discretion of the student's advisory committee. After completion of coursework, the student must pass a PhD written and oral Qualifying Examination. In addition to the classwork, 14 or more hours of research work (taken as BMI 7970) are required. This work must lead to the completion and defense of an original PhD dissertation demonstrating the student's capabilities to conceive and execute an independent research project.

PhD Degree Requirements

  • Typically about 40 hours formal class work (varies by dissertation topic and the advice of the student’s supervisory committee)
  • A minimum of 14 hours dissertation research hours
  • A successfully defended dissertation


The University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics offers two types of tracks for PhD students: Applied tracks and Methods tracks. Students are encouraged to combine two tracks for their training by taking approximately 15 credit hours in a primary track and 6 credit hours in a secondary track.

Application Tracks

  1. Clinical Informatics
  2. Bioinformatics
  3. Translational Research Informatics
  4. Population & Public Health Informatics

Methods Tracks

  1. Data Analytics & Decision Support
  2. Biomedical Natural Language Processing
  3. Sociotechnical Design & Evaluation
  4. Semantic Interoperability

Ph. D. Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Domestic: December 31st

International: December 1st

Online Application

Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah