Ph.D. On Campus

Biomedical Informatics

University of Utah

36 months
4177 USD/credit 125310 USD/year
4177 USD/credit 125310 USD/year
1176 USD/credit 35280 USD/year
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Biomedical Informatics PhD program provides intensive coursework and research training in biomedical informatics. The primary goal of the program is to train students to be independent researchers when they graduate; many of our PhD graduates go on to academic careers. 


A key component of the PhD program is the completion of a dissertation, which develops the student's research skill and domain expertise.

The Biomedical Informatics PhD program provides a very deep research experience while ensuring breadth in the theoretical foundations of Biomedical Informatics. Graduates will refine research skills in order to conduct independent research projects of a scope suitable for several journal publications. This work will culminate in a PhD dissertation. Students will learn a broad set of knowledge in the Department's three areas of concentration: Clinical Informatics; Bioinformatics; and Population/Public Health Informatics. In addition, students will come to understand the practice of biomedical informatics through structured interactions with practitioners at all levels. Upon completion students will be prepared to engage research or advanced development work at the range of academic, government, and commercial positions that require a very strong research background in biomedical informatics.

Learning Outcomes

  • possess a broad understanding of the theory and practice of the field of Biomedical Informatics;
  • possess very considerable depth in one specific area of biomedical informatics research in one of the three concentration areas, or in their intersection, offered by our program;
  • be able to generate hypothesis-driven research approaches, based on sound research design and statistical principles, to timely, real-world problems in commercial, public, or academic settings;
  • have a sufficient grasp of the fundamentals of biomedical informatics such that they could undertake a postdoctoral or Assistant Professor position at any of the outstanding biomedical medical informatics programs offered throughout the country;
  • be able to critically evaluate the biomedical informatics literature and assess the quality and applicability of the research it describes;
  • have excellent technical writing skills such that they themselves could contribute to the biomedical informatics literature;
  • have excellent technical presentation skills such that they could present their work in a variety of professional venues.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Foundations of Bioinformatics 
  • Statistics for Biomedical Informatics 
  • Research Design 
  • Population & Public Health Informatics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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90 alternative credits


On Campus

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General requirements

  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, based on all undergraduate work. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, a GPA will be calculated on the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of the undergraduate work for admission consideration
  • Meeting the academic department’s admission standards, and receiving a recommendation for admission to their graduate program

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    125310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4177 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    125310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4177 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • In-State

    35280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1176 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Salt Lake City

1000 - 1730 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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