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Biomedical Informatics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Our 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. 
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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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

An applicant for admission to The Graduate School must meet the following minimum 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

  • International

    30371 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30371 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Salt Lake City

  • 1000 - 1730 USD/month
    Living Costs

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