Admission to the Biomedical & Health Informatics PhD Program

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The PhD in Biomedical Health Informatics welcomes applicants from a diverse field of backgrounds and training experiences. Graduates from accredited universities and colleges will be considered for admission to the department. Applicants may apply straight from baccalaureate training, from advance degree programs (MS, MPH, MD), or from the professional field.

All applicants must satisfy both Case Western Reserve and department requirements for graduate admission.

Below you will find some basic information about admissions for the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences PhD program. If you have other questions, please contact the administrative director of Non-Clinical Graduate Education, Nickalaus Koziura, at or 216.368.5957 

Application Requirements

Prospective students interested in our program will apply through the School of Graduate Studies. Detailed information regarding university requirements and application submission information can be found online.

All application materials must be received by December 1, 2019 to ensure consideration for the program.

The preferred method of applying is online through our Online Form.

PhD Applicant Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose: A strongly written essay, highlighting your academic experience and any relevant experience/application to your current interest (internships, jobs, research, etc.). Students with clearly defined research interests that match those of a faculty member and career goals are significantly more likely to be accepted and to receive support. If your desire is to work with a specific faculty member, please state this clearly in your essay. Guidelines for writing your statement can be found in this downloadable PDF. Submitted as part of the online application. If you experience issues uploading your statement of purpose with the online application, you can submitted it via email to
  • Unofficial Transcripts: Upload an unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution directly onto the application. ONLY if you are admitted, then you will be required to submit official transcripts. In order to alleviate the cost and logistics of applying, please do not send official transcripts in with your application; they will not be reviewed.
    • If you are accepted, you will be asked to send official transcripts, which should include documentation of all undergraduate and graduate level coursework taken.
      • At this point, only official transcripts will be accepted.
      • Per university policy, we cannot accept copies. All official transcripts must be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies.
      • Surface mail address for official transcripts: Case Western Reserve University School of Graduate Studies, Tomlinson Rm. 203 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7027
      • Electronic official transcripts should be sent to:
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Academic and professional recommendations are recommended.
  • Valid GRE or MCAT scores: Taken within the last five years and submitted directly to the School of Graduate Studies. Note that a request can be made to waive the requirement if you have already have a previous graduate degree. Any request to waive the GRE requirement should only be sent to after you have submitted your application. CWRU’s institution code is 1105.
  • CV or Resume: Submitted as part of the online application. If you experience issues uploading your statement of purpose with the online application, you can submitted it via email to

International Applicants

Please note: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified scanned translations in English.

The TOEFL test is a requirement of all non-native English language speakers (applicants may submit a IELTS or PTE-Academic instead of a TOEFL). A valid TOEFL score must be submitted upon application to the program; otherwise, we will not be able to consider your application. The TOEFL will be waived for international students who received a previous degree from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution where English was the primary language of instruction. Waivers may also be granted in special circumstances pending student petition and approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

  • The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 577 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based – iBT).
  • The minimum acceptable score for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is 7.0.
  • The minimum acceptable score for Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic) is 61.

Applications received whose TOEFL/IELTS/PTE-Academic score does not meet the minimum requirement listed above will not be considered for admission.

In addition, international applicants are required to submit an Affidavit of Support (ex. bank statement) to ensure he/she has sufficient funds to support his/her studies at the University.

Case Western Reserve University Diversity Statement

Case Western Reserve University aspires to be an inclusive environment, believing that the creative energy and variety of insights that result from diversity are a vital component of the intellectual rigor and social fabric of the university. As a scholarly community, Case Western Reserve is inclusive of people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, national and international backgrounds, welcoming diversity of thought, pedagogy, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, political affiliation and disability. We believe in a culture of inclusion that encourages relationships and interactions among people of different backgrounds, a culture that enhances human dignity, actively diminishes prejudice and discrimination and improves the quality of life for everyone in our community.