Curriculum

The required BHI core coursework reflects the importance and interaction of our practice domains ranging from human biology to clinical medicine and consumer health to public health. Students complement their core coursework with additional courses in statistics and advanced research methods, as well as electives drawn from other UW academic units. Departmental seminars are also offered that present new and integrative research in the field.

Please see the MS coursework requirements and PhD coursework requirements for full details.   Below is a more informal listing of the classes, including some example electives:

BHI Program Core Coursework Requirements: All courses listed below are to be numerically graded, with the exception of Research Seminars, and the student must pass all these with individual grades of at least 2.7. Courses count for 3-4 credits (in parentheses), for a total of 34 credits.

  • BIME 530   Introduction to Biomedical & Health Informatics (3)
  • BIME 533   Public Health and Informatics (3)
  • BIME 534   Biology and Informatics (3)
  • BIME 535   Clinical Care and Informatics (3)
  • BIME 537   Informatics Research and Evaluation Methods (4)
  • BIME 539   Teaching, Learning and Communication in BHI (4)  (not required for PhD Qualifying Exam) 
  • BIME 550   Knowledge Representation and Applications (3)
  • BIME 554   Biomedical Information Interactions and Design (4)
  • BIME 543   Consumer Health and Informatics (3)*
  • BIOST 517 Applied Biostatistics I (or BIOST 537 Survival Data Analysis in Epidemiology or other equivalent biostatistics graduate course with approval) (4)**

*  effective for Autumn 2015 cohort and later
** effective for Autumn 2014 cohort and later

See our course description page for more detailed information about each course. The above nine courses are required for all MS and PhD students. (In addition, all postdoctoral fellows must take four of the BIME courses; please see postdoc coursework requirements.) BHI core courses may be completed during one’s first year, as shown in the table below. Each course is offered only once a year in the quarters indicated. MS Students are not required to take BHI core courses all in their first year+, but can take core courses with more flexibility in order to incorporate electives, rotations, and research.

Fall Quarter – First Year 

  • BIME 530 Introduction to Biomedical & Health Informatics
  • BIOST 517 Applied Biostatistics I
  • BIME 543 Consumer Health and Informatics

Winter Quarter – First Year

  • BIME550 Knowledge Representation and Applications
  • BIME533 Public Health and Informatics
  • BIME537 Informatics Research and Evaluation Methods

Spring Quarter – First Year 

  • BIME554 Biomedical Information Interactions and Design
  • BIME534 Biology and Informatics
  • BIME535 Clinical Care and Informatics

Fall Quarter – Second Year

  • BIME539 Teaching, Learning and Communication in BHI  (not required for PhD Qualifying Exam) 

Graduate students must also take a number of  research seminars and electives. The electives below are just examples, and there are many other courses that may be appropriate electives for BHI students.

BHI Research Seminars:

  • BIME 590 Selected Topics in Biomedical and Health Informatics
  • BIME 591 Biomedical and Health Informatics Research Colloquium

Example electives outside BHI:

  • CSE 510 Advanced Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
  • CSE 527 Computational Biology
  • CSE 573 Artificial Intelligence
  • GENOME 540 Intro to Computational Molecular Biology
  • INSC 570 Research Design
  • LING 570 Shallow Processing Techniques for Natural Language Processing
  • LIS 515 Ecological Information Systems
  • MHE 401 History of Modern Medicine
  • PABIO 511 Pathobiological Frontiers
  • PHARM 534/HSERV 583 Economic Evaluation in Health and Medicine
  • PHG 542/MHE 530 Genetic Discovery in Medicine and Public Health
  • STAT 516 Stochastic Modeling
  • STAT 550/551/552 Statistical Genetics Series