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Biomedical Informatics, PhD

Biomedical Informatics, PhD

Academic Programs / Graduate Degrees / Biomedical Informatics, PhD

Big Data, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Clinical Informatics, Computer, Data Science, HCI, HeaOptBMI, Health Management, INFORMATIC, Imaging, Population Health, biomedical, biostatistics

Prepare for many opportunities across diverse health care settings. Our graduates are quickly employed due to their knowledge and unique skill set in a growing and innovative field.

Program Description
Degree Awarded: PHD  Biomedical Informatics

The PhD program in biomedical informatics allows students to develop expertise in areas such as bioinformatics, clinical informatics, population health management and imaging science. The BMI program fosters collaborations among academic researchers, clinical practitioners and regional health care providers to apply new developments in informatics theory to clinical practice, biomedical research and public health.

Additional specialization coursework in an area of focus and emphasis on independent research places students at the leading edge of the field. Strong collaborative relationships with a variety of health care organizations, the bioscience industry and governmental agencies provide an unparalleled opportunity for doctoral students to explore and contribute to advances in informatics for biomedical research, patient care and population health. Students may explore cross-cutting areas such as data science and knowledge representation.

At a Glance
Degree Requirements

84 credit hours, a written comprehensive exam, an oral comprehensive exam, a prospectus and a dissertation

Required Core (22 credit hours)
BMI 502 Foundations of Biomedical Informatics Methods I (3)
BMI 504 Introduction to Clinical Environments (3)
BMI 505 Foundations of Biomedical Informatics Methods II (3)
BMI 515 Applied Biostatistics in Medicine and Informatics (3)
BMI 540 Problem Solving in Biomedical Informatics (3)
BMI 560 Teaching in Biomedical Informatics (2)
BMI 570 Symposium (2)
BMI 601 Fundamentals of Health Informatics (3)

Electives (32 credit hours)

Research (18 credit hours)
BMI 792 Research (18)

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)
BMI 799 Dissertation (12)

Additional Curriculum Information
Due to the diverse academic backgrounds of students requesting admission into this program, many find it necessary to take some coursework in preparation. However, all students take 84 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. statement of purpose
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
  5. GRE scores
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. Scores for the TOEFL for applicants whose native language is not English is required.

An applicant should have earned a bachelor's degree in biology, computer science, engineering or statistics, or be trained as a postbaccalaureate health professional in medicine, nursing or pharmacy. Those who have earned degrees in other unrelated fields with appropriate academic backgrounds are also considered. However, all applicants must have basic competencies in anatomy and physiology, college calculus, computer programming, general biology and statistics.

The applicant's undergraduate GPA, statement of purpose, GRE scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical are required; the subject test is optional) and depth of preparation in their field are the primary factors affecting admission.

Application Deadlines
Session A/CIn Person 01/15Priority
Career Opportunities

Professionals with advanced training in biomedical informatics are in high demand across a variety of sectors and industries, including academics institutions, not-for-profit research institutes, governmental and public health agencies, health care organizations, as well as information technology, biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

Career examples include:

  • bioinformatics scientist
  • biostatistician
  • data scientist
  • deep learning engineer
  • public health informatics scientist
  • research scientist
  • senior analyst
  • software engineer
  • university faculty
Contact Information

College of Health Solutions | HLTHN 401AA | 602-496-3300

What are Accelerated Programs?
Accelerated Programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor’s degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

4+1 year programs

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies by combining undergraduate with graduate coursework, which may allow them to earn a bachelor’s and a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students are advised by their academic departments to apply.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

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What is WRGP (Western Regional Graduate Program)?
The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) provides a reduced tuition rate to non-resident graduate students who qualify. Visit the WRGP/WICHE webpage for more information:

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