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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. Our faculty are nationally recognized, holding many prestigious awards and honors.

The non-thesis online option of the Master of Science degree was designed for remote students and working professionals who want to face the new healthcare challenges related to biomedical informatics and health information technology.

At the University of Utah, our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching. Enjoy the benefit of studying online at your own pace while still engaging with classmates and instructors. This flexible way of teaching improves your overall experience and your ability to retain what you learn.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Peer reviews, where you review and comment on assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Communicate directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; for some courses we offer Q&A sessions in a classroom.

Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics

Because an important aspect of informatics training is interactive hands-on skill development, some classes in the program will have up to 6 scheduled virtual meetings. These meetings will give students the opportunity to interact with instructors synchronously and are vital to online students having the same experience as our in-person students.

There are no formal course prerequisites to enter the program, but we strongly encourage a background or course completion in computer programming or healthcare related topics. During summer time applicants will have to pass an online course on Programming with Python and work on several readings assignments in preparation for the program.

At present, only the Applied Clinical Informatics track is being offered online. Online students are required to take and pass all courses in the track. More information about courses and program of study:

Residents of the WICHE region are eligible for in-state tuition.  For help regarding WICHE contact Barbara Saffel

To calculate an estimate of tuition costs please use the University of Utah Tuition Estimator.  Tuition for online courses is based on residency and is the same whether you take an online or on campus course. Online students do pay an additional $60 fee, per course, to cover the costs of operating online courses.

Please visit University of Utah’s tuition rate schedule for more information about tuition and to calculate tuition rates by program.

Biomedical Informatics is a relatively young discipline of study (less than 50 years old), covering areas of medicine, genetics, statistics, biology, computer programming, machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, psychology, and many other related subfields. As such, the application of these competencies is seen in government, educational, and private sector organizations at a rate that is outpacing standard economic job growth rates. The focus of our online program is in clinical informatics, and clinical informaticist for example, can command a salary of 40-90k at the entry level.

Applications for admission to the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics are only accepted for the Fall term. 

The following materials are required for admission:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university or college
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • CV/Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • College transcripts
  • English Proficiency (international only) – (80 TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS)

Program Credits

35 Semester Hours* 
*MS program hours only. Does not include any general education or prerequisites.

Students can move at a pace appropriate to their personal and professional circumstances, but the program is designed to be completed in 2 years.

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program are only accepted for the Fall term. 

Fall: February 15


Department Contacts

Damian Borbolla
Director, Master Program
Biomedical Informatics
421 Wakara Way, Room: 2004
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Robert Barber
Biomedical Informatics
421 Wakara Way, Room: 2004
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Last Updated: 5/9/22