M.S. Curriculum | Biomedical Informatics

The M.S. in Medical Sciences with a Biomedical Informatics (BMI) concentration is a minimum 36-credit-hour degree program including at least 22 credits specific to the BMI concentration.

The M.S. in Medical Sciences Biomedical Informatics concentration curriculum is comprised of:

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Core Courses

M.S. students in BMI concentration must complete all five required core courses.

Core Courses | 5 courses (13 credits)

course Title Credits
GMS 6803 Data Science for Clinical Research 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6804 Translational Bioinformatics 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6805 Information Modeling in Biomedicine 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6850 Foundations of Biomedical Informatics 3 Letter-grade
GMS 7887 Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics Research Seminar 1 S/U

Foundation Courses

M.S. students in BMI concentration must complete four foundation courses from the options below.

Foundation Courses | Select 4 courses (12 credits)

course title credits
GMS 6806 Security and Privacy in Clinical Research 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6856 Introduction to Biomedical Natural Language Processing 3 Letter-grade
GMS 7858 Causal Artificial Intelligence for Health Research 3 Letter-grade
GMS 7866 Principles of Referent Tracking in Biomedical Informatics 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6822 Measuring and Analyzing Health Outcomes 3 Letter-grade
PHC 6405 OR PHC 6001 Theoretical Foundations of Public Health OR Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health 3 Letter-grade
STA 6166 OR PHC 6050 OR PHC 6052 Statistical Methods in Research I OR Statistical Methods for Health Sci Res I OR Introduction to Biostatistical Methods 3 Letter-grade
BME 6938 Introduction to Biomedical Image Analysis and Imaging Informatics 3 Letter-grade
CEN 5035 Software Engineering 3 Letter-grade
COP 5725 Database Management Systems 3 Letter-grade

Advanced Electives

M.S. students are required to complete two advanced elective courses.

M.S. students may propose to take additional courses as electives beyond their degree requirements, with the approval of their Research Mentor. Up to one advanced elective course may be substituted subject to mentor approval.

If the proposed elective courses are not approved as course substitutions, students may still take these courses; however, unapproved electives will not count towards the credits required for degree completion.

Advanced Electives | Select 2 courses (5 – 6 credits)

Course title Credits
CAP 5100 Human-Computer Interaction 3 Letter-grade
CAP 5510 Bioinformatics 3 Letter-grade
CAP 5635 Artificial Intelligence Concepts 3 Letter-grade
CAP 6610 Machine Learning 3 Letter-grade
COP 5725 Database Management Systems 3 Letter-grade
COT 5405 Analysis of Algorithms 3 Letter-grade
COT 5615 Mathematics for Intelligent Systems 3 Letter-grade
COP 5618 Concurrent Programming 3 Letter-grade
PHI 5135 Graduate Logic 3 Letter-grade
BME 6938 Special Topics: Machine Learning for Health and Biomedical Applications 3 Letter-grade
STA 6167 Statistical Methods in Research II 3 Letter-grade
STA 5325 Fundamentals of Probability 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6848 Ensuring Rigor and Reproducibility in Clinical and Translational Research 1 Letter-grade
GMS 6857 Clinical Decision Support Systems 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6885 Translational Health Research Design 3 Letter-grade
GMS 7093 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research 2 Letter-grade

Mentored Research Experience

M.S. students will complete 6 credits of GMS 6905, Independent Studies in Medical Sciences (Capstone project for non-thesis), or GMS 6971, Research for Master’s Thesis. These can be taken in two sequential semesters, or all in one semester. 

Mentored Research Experience | Select 1 course (6 credits)

Course Title Credits
GMS 6905 Independent Studies in Medical Sciences (Non-Thesis Eligible) 6 Letter-grade
GMS 6971 Research for Master’s Thesis (Thesis Eligible) 6 S/U