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Biomedical Informatics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

About

The field explores techniques for assessing current information practices, determining the information needs of health-care providers and patients, assisting in molecular biology and genomic research, developing interventions using computer technology, and evaluating the impact of those interventions. This research seeks to optimize the use of information in order to improve the quality of health care, reduce cost, provide better education for providers and patients, and conduct biomedical research more effectively. Columbia University offers two programs in Biomedical Informatics: an advanced degree program leading to the M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees and a postdoctoral training program.

The degree program focuses on the theory and application of information science in the domains of clinical medicine, public health, imaging, and bioinformatics. The program trains students for academic careers as researchers and teachers as well as for professional positions in biomedical research and health-care information processing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The program trains students for academic careers as researchers and teachers as well as for professional positions in biomedical research and health-care information processing. The curriculum incorporates course work from computer science, public health, and biostatistics, with core courses and projects in biomedical informatics serving to integrate approaches and illustrate practical applications. Students earn both an M.A. and M.Phil degree en route to the Ph.D.

During the first two years of the Ph.D. program, students typically spend most of their time in coursework and obtain the M.A. degree. The two to four years are spent conducting research that leads to the M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees. For students in the free-standing M.A. program, the degree can be earned in two to four years, depending upon the student's full or part-time degree status.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Ph.D. and postdoctoral students are required to serve as a teaching assistant for two courses as well as conduct full-time research in fulfillment of their degree requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    44860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22430 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    44860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22430 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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