Ph.D. On Campus

Biomedical Informatics

Columbia University

36 months
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Students in the Biomedical Informatics Program at the Columbia University learn the technical, theoretical, and practical lessons they will need to change medicine for the better. Through our program, students will participate in projects ranging from basic science to clinical and population health.


Key facts:

  • By working with top scientists in the field, Biomedical Informatics students at the Columbia University will have the ability to use data to transform what we know about disease and biology and fundamentally improve how health care is approached and delivered.
  • Students must pass two preliminary oral examinations before reaching candidacy. The first oral exam is generally taken the summer of the second year and the second oral exam is taken after the student has identified his or her dissertation topic. The dissertation proposal defense must take place within six months after passing the second oral exam. Students receive the MA and MPhil degrees, respectively, after obtaining the requisite residence units and passing the first oral (for the MA) and second oral (for the MPhil) examinations. Upon earning the MPhil degree, the student has reached candidacy.

Programme Structure

PhD Research
  • Research is the primary focus of the doctoral program and represents more than half of the required points, and students are expected to receive an “A” or above in research every semester. 
  •  Students are expected to work a minimum of 25 hours per week on research in the first year, increasing to 60 hours by the third year. Research should be the primary occupation of the student’s time during the summer, due to the absence of course work. The doctoral dissertation is the culmination of the student’s research activity.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, biology, nursing, medicine, public health, information management, or similar discipline. 
  • The applicant should have demonstrated strong mathematical and computer science skills.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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