Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics
What is the MPS in BMHI?
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.
Part-Time and Fast-Track Options Available
Students may enroll in as little as one course per semester and still complete the program in a timely manner. Students willing to commit to two classes per semester can complete the program in two years. Many of our courses are offered online and/or on evenings or weekends, making this a good option for working professionals.
Alternatively, the program can be completed within one year if students can devote a full-time schedule to taking 12 credit hours per term (fall, spring, summer).
If you have questions about either of these options, please contact the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Public Health Informatics for students with specific career interest in applications of information systems in population health and public health policy.
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 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. All students in the BMHI program are required to complete an internship at a point in the program that is academically appropriate. Students meet with their advisers during the first semester of the program to map out course sequences and to establish the semester in which the required internship is to be completed. Most full time students will engage in the internship during the first summer of their program.
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.
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 Prospective Student Inquiry Form. 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.
View more information about Professional Science Master’s programs at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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 system) 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 http://isss.unc.edu/newstudent/ for more information on applying for a visa.
Regarding post-graduation work opportunities; we suggest you familiarize yourself with the process as early as possible. The Harvard Business Review has this helpful article: Hiring Data Scientists from Outside the U.S.: A Primer on Visas.
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 cashier.unc.edu/tuition-fees/.
Informatics Merit scholarships are available. Applicants will be reviewed for scholarship funds during the application review process. There is no need to submit additional paperwork to be considered for the Informatics Merit scholarship funds.
Additional financial/funding information :
- NC Residency: Residents of North Carolina may attend UNC at Chapel Hill at a significantly lower cost. Please refer to the Graduate School’s Web site for North Carolina Residency for Tuition Purposes, which contains information about NC residency requirements and how to apply for resident status.
- Need-Based Financial Aid: Need-based assistance is handled by the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. Application is made by completing the FAFSA form and requesting that financial information be sent to UNC at Chapel Hill. For questions regarding need-based aid, please consult OSSA directly.
- UNC’s Graduate Funding Information Center: GFIC supports current and prospective UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students seeking sources of funding for independent research, collaborative projects, fellowships, program development, and other scholarly activities.
- Work opportunities: Numerous student assistant positions are available in on-campus and off-campus units. Students must apply directly to the individual departments or organizations for these positions. Students are encouraged to visit the Work and Project Opportunities on our website, as well as other resources on campus (for example: the Careers section of the SILS website).
Visiting Campus/Looking for Housing
You are welcome to visit campus and meet with program faculty. To sign up for a Graduate Student Tour of campus utilize this website: http://unc.edu/visitors/schedule-a-tour/prospective-graduate-students/, or you can contact the UNC Visitors’ Center directly at email@example.com or at 919-962-1630. In order to arrange meetings with faculty members please contact the Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on student life in Chapel Hill, as well as information on housing, please visit: http://gradschool.unc.edu/studentlife/guide/