BHI Certificate Career Development

Biomedical & Health Informatics are growing fields in both academia and industry

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, fields in which bioinformatics professionals work can easily expect 14 – 22% growth in the next several years.

A Certificate is a good way to explore if you would like to pursue a Master’s degree, and can help you start the process of changing careers or enhancing your current employment status.

With the training gained through a Certificate or Master’s degree in Biomedical & Health Informatics, students may pursue opportunities as data scientists, health informatics consultants/technicians, and clinical data scientists.

Students may also decide to continue their academic and research interests with our PhD program, which prepares them to take on more senior leadership roles in health systems, biotech companies, or state and federal health administrations, among others.

Professionals with biomedical and health informatics training can find opportunities in research, industry, or hospitals/health systems that range from opening to leadership positions, which may include:

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Clinical Systems Analyst
  • Data Programmer / Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Project Designer
  • Director of Medical Informatics
  • Chief Research Information Officer
  • Chief Analytics Officer
  • Chief Data Officer
  • Chief Medical Information Officer

Many of our graduates stay in Ohio, which is one of the nation’s top-five in professional employment related to health care, with an increased emphasis on Biomedical and Health Informatics. In the Cleveland area, our colleagues in biotech companies and research institutes are eager for graduate-prepared colleagues to join their teams, as are our colleagues with CWRU-affiliated academic medical systems including the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth System, and the Louis Stokes Veterans Health Administration.


STEM-Eligible Degree

If you want to explore pursuing a Master's program, you may want to keep in mind that the BHI Master’s program qualifies as a STEM degree, which allows international students in a technical field to apply for a 24-month extension to their optional practical training (OPT) period. This means you may be eligible for up to three years of work in the United States.

Visit the U.S. government's website for more information on STEM extensions.