Master of Science in Biomedical & Health Informatics

The Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics is a new program with two options: MS Plan-A (Thesis) or MS Plan-B (Non-thesis). While the usual time to completion, with a full-time schedule, is 16 months, students have the option of doing the non-thesis program intensively in 11 months.

Both options require a total of 30 credit hours, including 18 credit hours at the 400 level or higher. All students entering the program begin as a Master's Plan-B student. Through advising sessions, you can decide if a Plan-A program is better suited for your career and research goals.

Both programs include required core courses to ensure a solid foundation in the areas that comprise this interdisciplinary study:

  • Introduction to Health Informatics (MPHP 532/HSMC 432)
  • Computing in Biomedical and Health Informatics (PQHS 416)
  • Statistics I (PQHS 431)

Within either program, students benefit from guidance and interaction from a CWRU team drawn from across multiple disciplines, led by the PQHS faculty, who ensure that our students tailor a program that provides a strong foundation and that resonates with individual interests. Given the high demand for professionals across multiple research enterprises, health services, and industries, we are confident that students who meet the requirements of this program will find opportunities to continue their research or professional opportunities on teams that appreciate new colleagues with well-rounded backgrounds.

The Master’s Plan A is for students who may want to continue into a PhD program. It requires a total of 30 credit hours comprised of 24 credits of course work and six credits developing and presenting a thesis, evaluated by the mentoring/advisory committee.  Of the 24 credits, 18 must be at the level of 400 or higher. Under Plan A, an oral examination (defense) of the master’s thesis will be done by a committee made up of three University faculty, including the student’s research advisor.

The Master’s Plan B also requires a total of 30 credits, comprised of 27 credits of course work and three on a project or internship/practicum, with a report that is evaluated by the student’s mentorship/advisory committee. Of the 27 credits, 18 must be at the level of 400 or higher.

For more information about courses and sample schedules for both Master’s A and B plans, click here