Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics

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

Completion Time

Full time students (enrolled in 9 credit hours or more) can complete the program in 1 to 1.5 years.

Part time students (enrolled in as little as 3 credit hours per semester) can complete the program in 2 to 3 years.

Curriculum

The MPS in BMHI Curriculum is comprised of 35 credits and 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.

See full curriculum here.

Information for International Students

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.

Apply

If you would like to speak to a program representative, please fill out this Prospective Student Inquiry Form

INQUIRY FORM

If you would like to apply, please visit the grad school page, which outlines the requirements for applying.

APPLICATION

PhD in Health Informatics

The program is structured to support interdisciplinary research training, gaining teaching experience, and administrative knowledge acquisition. It includes rigorous coursework prior to dissertation research and is designed to adapt to the diverse needs of program students. The CHIP doctoral Timeline outlines the average process each of our grad students follows to fulfill the program requirements.

The coursework portion of the program is based upon five content pillars:

  1. Core and frontier topics in health informatics (foundational concepts of informatics)
  2. Tools and infrastructure (advanced techniques for manipulating health data)
  3. Research methods and execution of research
  4. Project management and academic leadership skills
  5. Implementation science and translation.

The coursework is followed by comprehensive examinations, consisting of a written portion and an oral defense. After successful completion of comprehensive examinations, a student will engage in a dissertation research project, followed by a public dissertation defense.

Apply

If you would like to speak to a program representative, please fill out this Prospective Student Inquiry Form

INQUIRY FORM

If you would like to apply, please visit the grad school page, which outlines the requirements for applying.)

APPLICATION

Clinical Information Science Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Information Science (CIS) is a specialized educational track which prepares graduates for a variety of clinical informatician roles. Building on the existing strength of the health related curricular options within the School of Information and Library Science, this program will offer focused training with an emphasis on clinical information systems analysis, data management and manipulation, as well as support of clinical decision making.

The CIS certificate is available as either complementary to a graduate degree from a number of UNC programs or as a post-baccalaureate advanced specialization program for professionals in healthcare and related fields of work.

Curriculum

The program consists of four courses (a total of 15 credit hours) and an internship.

See full curriculum here.

Apply

If you would like to speak to a program representative, please fill out this Prospective Student Inquiry Form

INQUIRY FORM

If you would like to apply, please complete an application through our website.

APPLICATION