Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics

PSM-affiliated degree program

The MPS in BMHI is a highly interdisciplinary program that prepares the next generation of health informatics leaders.

Graduates of the program will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • management of large scale projects related to clinical and public health information systems
  • development and evaluation of health information systems that impact clinical decision making and health care quality
  • Analysis and management of health data for improvement in clinical practice, biomedical research and public health services


The program builds on combined strengths of several top-ranked professional schools on UNC campus. Our faculty come from School of Information and Library Science, Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Medicine, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and School of Dentistry.


The MPS in BMHI Curriculum is comprised of 35 credits, and requires about 1.5 academic years (17 months) of full time study, or 2(+) years of part time study. The program offers two tracks:

Clinical Informatics for students interested in working in information systems division or office of Chief Information officer in the clinical care setting, as well as for physicians pursuing Clinical Informatics certification.

Sample Plan of Study | Suggested Course Sequence

Public Health Informatics for students with specific career interest in applications of information systems in population health and public health policy.

Sample Plan of Study | Suggested Course Sequence

Students in both tracks complete the common core of informatics, BMHI foundations and professional skills courses as illustrated in the diagram below:


Students in each program track complete a practicum consisting of an internship in a health care, public health, health research or health IT organization that includes a project, which synthesizes knowledge gleaned from the entire program curriculum.

A note on transfer credit: Up to 7 of the 35 minimum required hours may be transferred from another institution or another program at UNC-Chapel Hill based on existing Graduate School policy for credit transfer.

Students who apply to this program can transfer in up to 14 credits from the Clinical Information Science Certificate.

Interested? Apply now!

If you are interested in the Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics and would like to speak to a program representative, please fill out this Student Interest and Background Information Form. More information regarding the Master of Professional Science degree is available at If you would like to apply, please first visit the grad school page, which outlines the requirements for applying. Completed Spring applications will be evaluated by October 31st. Completed Fall and Summer applications will be evaluated by March 31st.

Link to Application

Information for International Students

International students are encouraged to apply to the program. Students must be full-time in order to qualify for an F-1 Visa. Students are permitted to work on-campus (not including the UNC hospital) and may work up to 20 hours per week in Fall and Spring semesters, and up to 40 hours per week in the Summer. Students are encouraged to attend the International Student orientation. Please visit for more information on applying for a visa.


The Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics can be pursued on a full time or a part time basis. For all staff of UNC and for many employees of organizations in the RTP area, some or all courses can be paid for through employee training benefit programs (please check with your employer or check with us!). For the most up to date information on tuition and fees check

Five Informatics Merit scholarships are available. Applicants will be reviewed for merit scholarship funds during the application review process. There is no need to submit additional paperwork to be considered for the Informatics Merit scholarship funds.