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1. Rich History

Formed in 1964, we were the first biomedical informatics department in the U.S., and we continue to be recognized as an exceptional, comprehensive training program.

2. National Leadership

Our faculty are nationally recogonized, holding many prestigious awards and honors. A precendent set by University of Utah's own Homer Warner, our faculty continue with the tradition to be pioneers in the field of biomedical informatics. 

3. Hands-On Activities

 A variety of practica provide students with proctored hands-on activities in research labs, hospital operations, and industry, such as build a FHIR-enabled app to interoperable across EHRs, work on a clinical research team applying NLP to clinical text, design and evaluate dashboards for clinical applications, and work on a project with one of our Industry Advisory Board partners.

4. Real-World Opportunities

Ours is a community rich in informatics innovation and application. Our faculty and students address problems in the delivery of health care and the enhancement of health with multiple real-world partner laboratories.

5. Abundant Student Opportunities

The unique breadth and depth of opportunities for students in the department build on the strength in our diverse research areas. Student research is supported by federally funded individual investigator and center grants, 24 primary and 50 adjunct faculty who are international leaders in their areas and special interest groups for students, faculty, and industry partners with similar interests.


The Department of Biomedical Informatics is committed to creating an inspiring and effective student experience. The quality of mentorship in our department is one of our highest priorities. At every level our goal is to promote a learning environment that is both safe and supportive as well as stimulating. Faculty are committed to tailoring experiences to the personal motivation and aspirations of each student. Students will be encouraged to grow through their own initiative and participate in our wider culture of inquiry. 

Assistant Professor

Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

"I love telling other people that I did my informatics training at the University of Utah. Since they were the first biomedical informatics program, everyone knows them and holds them in high regard! It is great to belong to such a prestigious alma mater.”

Director, Informatics and Clinical Innovation

Wolters Kluwer

“DBMI provided me with a solid foundation in the broad field of medical informatics. The opportunity to learn from international experts in the field, faculty that represented academia, hospital operations, and practicing clinicians, equipped me to appreciate the breadth of this multifaceted field. Fellow students have gone on to become leaders in academia and industry, and serve as a strong professional network that I rely on to keep pace with this dynamic field.”

Administrative Director Qualitative Core University of Utah

"From local events to national, the BMI department makes great effort to promote the work of their students so that graduates are highly coveted once they complete their studies.”