Master's in Biomedical & Health Informatics

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Using Big Data to improve individual and population health 

The use of large, complex, and varied data sets in clinical care and biomedical research presents significant opportunity. There is a great need for professionals who can manage, integrate, analyze, and interpret data to make recommendations that accelerate research, improve clinical care, or shape public policy.

A pragmatic career step

Increasingly sophisticated data comes from electronic health records (EHR), clinical trials, cohort studies, and geo-mapped incidence information for a variety of diseases. Our program will equip you to work with and integrate these and other diverse sources. We also emphasize the professional skills needed to collaborate with, manage, and/or lead cross-disciplinary teams. You will gain the grounding and education required to define thoughtful inquiries, apply sophisticated computational approaches, interpret results, and offer informed advice.

Our students are prepared to serve in a variety of roles from designing studies, integrating large complex data sets, analyzing data, managing projects and teams, leading process improvement in clinical settings, or advancing research that impacts prevention and treatment. They find that our program is an important step supporting career growth in academia, hospitals/health systems, industry, or government.

Our students come from many disciplines including:

  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Statistics
  • Clinical Care
  • Health and Biomedical Sciences
  • Health Care Management and Administration

A fast-growing field

With the increased use of computing and informatics in clinical care, population health, and biomedical research, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 14-22% growth in employment in Biomedical and Health Informatics over the next several years.  

Our colleagues in health systems, biotech companies, academia, and research institutes are looking for well-prepared colleagues to join their teams in solving the most pressing challenges in contemporary research and clinical care.

A dynamic and flexible program 

Our program integrates biomedical and health informatics, requiring a broad-based core and extremely flexible electives to allow students with their mentor’s guidance to tailor a program that resonates with their personal interests and individual career trajectory.

While the usual time to completion through full-time enrollment is 16 months, there are multiple options available to students, including a non-thesis intensive pathway that can be completed in 11 months, as well as part-time study.

Students who are exploring options, may want to consider our Certificate program, with courses that all count towards the Master’s degree and towards the PhD program.

Internship / Practicum Opportunities

Our MS in Biomedical Health and Informatics students complete as part of the program an internship or practicum (at least 160 hour long).  We work with our students to identify opportunities that align with their interests and specialization with our faculty and community partners, such as the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, and University Hospitals. Students are also encouraged to pursue opportunities outside of Cleveland with other regional or national organizations. Our curriculum is designed to allow students to complete their internship/practicum anywhere in the world and still complete the program in as short as 11 months.

The internship / practicum experience is focused on providing students the chance to gain professional experience serving as either a consultant or collaborator on a project. The objectives of this mentored experience are: to learn the role of and accompanying responsibilities of being a consulting informaticist, experience the life cycle of a project, develop and apply the interpersonal and communications skills necessary for the field, strengthen skills learned in the program, and to gain insight into the life and career of a biomedical professional. This experience helps prepare our students for future job interviews and jobs, and may lead directly to a job. All students are required to produce a professionally written report in the format of a report to a client or a research paper at the end of the internship or practicum.