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)
  • Successfully pass the comprehensive and qualifying exams
  • A minimum of 14 hours dissertation research hours
  • A successfully defended dissertation

Core Courses

Year 1 Fall BMI 6018 Intro to Computer Programming
BMI 6010 Fnd Healthcare Informatics
BMI 6701 Population and Public Health Informatics
Year 1 Spring BMI 6106 Intro to Probability and Statistics
Research Design Part 1
BMI 6103 System Modeling and Process Improvement
BMI 6120 Standards in Biomedical Informatics
Year 2 Fall Research Design Part 2
BMI 6806 Translational Informatics
BMI 6203 Clinical Databse Design


The University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics offers two tracks for PhD students: Application and Methods tracks. Students are encouraged to combine an Application and Methods track for their training. Either one can be chosen as a primary track. Students will take 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