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MS Coursework Requirements & Policies

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 30 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 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 the curriculum page for a recommended timeline on completing the above core courses.

Research seminars (6): In addition to the numerically graded courses listed above, MS students must complete six BHI research seminar credits, at least three of which must be BIME 590.   Students who lead a BIME 591 seminar may also register for the course.

Professionalism and Communication in BHI Seminars: All MS students must take a series of 1-credit seminars on Professionalism and Communication (BIME 585,586, 587) . Each seminar is 1 credit and should be taken in Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters of their first year.

General Degree requirements: Cumulative GPA of 3.25 minimum and quarterly GPA of 3.0 minimum. Total of 60 credits minimum, including at least nine 700-level Thesis credits over a period of at least two quarters. At least 30 credits must be from numerically graded courses. Only courses graded 2.7 and above will count toward the degree. 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 and rotations.

Satisfactory Progress: All degree requirements above are expected to be completed according to BHI’s Satisfactory Progress Guidelines, including a Quarterly Student Progress Report.


Master’s Supervisory Committee: You will choose a BHI Core faculty member to chair your Master’s  supervisory committee.  Throughout the remainder of your academic program, members on this committee will guide you, serve as your  mentors, and evaluate your thesis.

MS Thesis & Final Examination: All students must complete an MS thesis and pass a final exam for the Master’s Degree (i.e. the thesis defense).  Students are responsible for reviewing both BHI and Graduate School requirements and policies.