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The George Washington University

MSHS in Biomedical Informatics

The George Washington University's Master of Science in Health Sciences in Biomedical Informatics program provides students with the opportunity to learn more about medical data analysis and the use of data science to support clinical decision making. Get more details about this online MSHS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Health Sciences in Biomedical Informatics

School Offering Program:

The George Washington University

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Program Prerequisites:

A bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 are requirements to enter the Master of Science in Health Sciences in Biomedical Informatics program. Though not required, it is helpful for students to have taken a course in computer science or programming and/or have a background in healthcare. Strong leadership skills and an understanding of basic computer functions and applications are also important. Applicants to The George Washington University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

How are medical informatics applications analyzed? What are clinical decision support systems? Which high performance computing concepts are relevant to scientists? These are among the topics addressed in the online Master of Science in Health Sciences in Biomedical Informatics program at The George Washington University. Other courses are likely to discuss healthcare leadership principles, epidemiological methods for preventative medicine uses, policies and issues affecting health systems, and introductory biostatistics in relation to clinical research. The core curriculum also includes completion of an extensive project and a supervised field experience. This degree can be earned in 24 months.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact The George Washington University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Health Sciences in Biomedical Informatics:

To successfully complete this MSHS - Biomedical Informatics program, students must complete 30 credits in core classes and two 3-credit electives. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact The George Washington University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (30 credits)

  • High Performance Computing
  • Topics in Healthcare Leadership
  • Issues and Trends in Health Systems
  • Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Principles of Medical Informatics
  • Health Care for Informatics
  • Biomedical Informatics Practicum
  • Biomedical Informatics Capstone
  • Medical Decision Making and Decision Support Systems

Elective Courses (3 credits)

  • Students choose two of the following courses:
    • Grantsmanship in Translational Research
    • Bioinformatics for Genomics
    • Advanced Computing Applications for Biomedical Informatics

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once this MSHS degree has been earned, graduates who intend to explore higher levels of administrative responsibilities in various clinical settings might choose to enter a doctoral degree program. A doctorate could be essential for positions in postsecondary academics or research. The curriculum of a doctorate program might provide more in-depth studies in research and analytical processes.

Doctoral degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in Health Informatics
  • PhD in Biomedical Informatics
  • PhD in Informatics - Health and Biomedical Informatics

Career Paths:

Directorial, senior management, or consulting positions in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, group medical practices, and other clinical healthcare settings could be explored by graduates of this MSHS in Biomedical Informatics program. Responsibilities could include assessing current electronic healthcare systems, integrating and manipulating data, designing electronic patient records systems, and analyzing informatics structures.

Graduates could fill such roles as:

  • Health informatics director
  • Clinical informatics specialist
  • Health information consultant
  • Healthcare IT project manager
  • Chief medical information officer