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Biomedical Informatics: Online Degree Programs

Innovate Better Health in the Bioinformatics Field

Acquire the bioinformatics expertise needed to use big health data to improve health care systems. With online programs from the George Washington University (GW), you can continue your bioinformatics education at the Master and Bachelor of Science in Health Science levels. Gain innovative talents for careers in biomedical informatics, health informatics, and beyond.

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*Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs.

100% Online Courses

Discover unparalleled flexibility, quality, and faculty support as you build biomedical informatics career skills in GW’s online master’s program.

Enter an Emerging Field

Learn from distinguished faculty and benefit from GW’s high academic standards to prepare to lead in bioinformatics.

Ranked a Top 65 University

There are about 4,000 universities in the nation, and U.S. News & World Report ranked the George Washington University No. 63.1,2

Bioinformatics and health informatics have the power to make health care more efficient. With investment in these fields rising, now is the time to gain career skills that help biomedical informatics organizations tap into big health data.

GW’s online degree programs enable you to thrive in careers across the biomedical informatics sector. With the online MSHS in Biomedical Informatics program, you can master data science and analysis principles relevant to health care roles. We also offer a dual bachelor’s/master’s program, providing a shorter, less expensive path for moving into a biomedical informatics career.

Our online programs are ideal for professionals interested in improving the health care system. While you’ll gain bioinformatics skills, computer science experience isn’t required.

Online Biomedical Informatics and Clinical Research Administration Master’s Degree Programs

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4 – 5 years Duration

87 GW Residency/147 Dual Degree Total Credits

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Program Details

  • Save time and money by seeking your bachelor’s and master’s in one online program
  • Take courses 100% online, a format that lets you study from wherever you choose
  • Transfer 45-60 previous college credit hours into the dual bachelor’s/master’s program
  • Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Institutional Member of the Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CoAPCR)

GW’s dual degree program prepares you to support the administration of clinical trials and related clinical research studies and leverage biomedical data to support clinical decision-making. You can take up to nine graduate credits while pursuing your Bachelor of Science in Health Science in Clinical Research Administration, reducing the time and cost of attaining a master’s degree.

By transferring 45-60 credits, you can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree after taking 29-44 courses at GW. What’s more, by completing this online program, you will fulfill part of the criteria for obtaining professional certification through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) or  the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA).

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Online

4 – 5 years Duration

87 GW Residency/147 Dual Degree Total Credits

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Program Details

  • Save time and money by seeking your bachelor’s and master’s in one online program
  • Take courses 100% online, a format that lets you study from wherever you choose
  • Transfer 45-60 previous college credit hours into the dual bachelor’s/master’s program
  • Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Institutional Member of the Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CoAPCR)

GW’s dual degree program prepares you to support the administration of clinical trials and related clinical research studies and leverage biomedical data to support clinical decision-making. You can take up to nine graduate credits while pursuing your Bachelor of Science in Health Science in Clinical Research Administration, reducing the time and cost of attaining a master’s degree.

By transferring 45-60 credits, you can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree after taking 29-44 courses at GW. What’s more, by completing this online program, you will fulfill part of the criteria for obtaining professional certification through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) or  the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA).

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Online

2 Years Duration

36 Credits

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Program Details

  • Complete your master’s degree 100% online without a residency requirement
  • Improve health care delivery and clinical decision-making using data science principles
  • Full member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Build expertise in harnessing analytics to solve public health challenges with the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Biomedical Informatics program. The 100% online courses instill more than data science talents, as you’ll delve into medical decision-making, epidemiology, bioinformatics, and other crucial concepts for your career in health care.

GW’s master’s in biomedical informatics program includes 12 online courses that you can complete in two years. You will take one elective, choosing from topics focusing on bioinformatics, advanced computing, and translational research.

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What Can I Do With a Biomedical Informatics Degree?

The effective use of big data is accelerating across the health care sector. As a result, employers need bioinformatics professionals to glean insights from complex data sets. Earning GW’s MSHS in Biomedical Informatics degree online immerses you in data science principles rooted in the health care field, helping you pursue an array of positions:

  • Biomedical data scientist: $117,790 per year (average)3
  • Health IT project manager: $100,520 per year (average)4
  • Health information consultant, $77,500 salary (average)5
  • Health information manager: $104,280 per year (median)6

What Can I Do With Degrees in Clinical Research and Biomedical Informatics?

The dual bachelor’s/master’s degree appeals to professionals seeking clinical knowledge backed up by health informatics and advanced computing expertise. By studying clinical research administration/biomedical informatics online, you can gain qualifications for careers in bioinformatics and beyond. Roles to pursue after graduation include:

  • Clinical informatics specialist: $78,494 per year (average)7
  • Clinical data manager: $75,061 per year (average)8
  • Health information manager: $104,280 per year (median)6

32% Employment growth for medical and health services managers6

$108,000 Top 10% of clinical informatics specialist salaries7

$68.8 billion Projected size of the global health care data market in 20259

GW’s online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offer courses at the intersection of data science, bioinformatics, and clinical research. Build leading-edge talents required for success in biomedical informatics and adjacent fields like health informatics and health information management.

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore an online program at the George Washington University, our dedicated staff is here to support you. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 844-386-7323.

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GW operates on the semester system system with the fall semester beginning in August, the spring semester beginning in January and the summer semester beginning in April or May. Some programs admit new students in all three semesters, while other programs admit new students once or twice per year. Your start date will depend on which program you select  so please complete the “Request Info” form under “Learn More Today” and someone will contact you with more information.

Online classes are designed to take the same amount of time as on-campus classes. They are taught by GW faculty members and have comparable assignments to campus programs that can be completed off-site. Time spent per course varies by the course’s length and credit hours. For example, students are expected to spend approximately 14 hours per week working on an eight week long, three-credit hour course and 7.5 hours per week working on a fifteen week, three-credit hour course. As an off-campus student, you also save time that on-campus students spend commuting.

While most studies will be completed online, your program may require you to visit campus during the course of your studies.

No, you do not need to attend class at a specific time. Our online courses are designed to be asynchronous, giving you flexibility.

Assignments will have specified due dates that must be met. Students are expected to read the weekly readings, participate in online weekly discussion boards and other asynchronous group activities, and submit papers and other assignments through the online learning management system.

Yes, an academic advisor will work with you throughout the admissions process, scheduling classes, and the course of your studies. GW also offers our online students 24/7 technical support.

Students in GW’s master’s, bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s programs may be eligible for financial aid. Students seeking graduate certificates are not eligible for federal financial aid.

You may also be able to benefit from loans, institutional scholarships, merit- or need-based grants, employer reimbursement programs, and more. Explore your options on our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Yes, GW is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

You can request more information to speak with a GW program manager, or you can begin the application process today.

Yes. GW’s transcript ordering service is available to interested applicants of the programs listed on this website. The service is designed to make the application process simpler for you, while also helping us expedite the admissions decision on your behalf. Our transcript services team will order all domestic transcripts once you decide to allow us to help you with this task.

The George Washington University will only request and pay for your domestic college transcripts that allow third-party requests up to the point of admission to the university. This means that any coursework completed after you are advised of an admission decision, including coursework you are currently completing, will still need to be submitted by you.

It is your responsibility to request and purchase these additional transcripts to complete your file. This information may be used to determine your eligibility for financial aid, admission, and potential transfer credits. Additionally, some institutions may require you to obtain your official transcripts directly; if this is the case, we will contact you.

Sources

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  2. U.S. News & World Report. (2021). Best Colleges Rankings: George Washington University. Retrieved December 14, 2021, from https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/george-washington-university-1444.
  3. Glassdoor. (2021 November 18). Biomedical Data Scientist Salaries. Retrieved December 14, 2021, from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/biomedical-data-scientist-salary-SRCH_KO0,25.htm.
  4. PayScale. (2022 January 5). Average Health IT Project Manager Salary. Retrieved January 21, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_IT_Project_Manager/Salary.
  5. PayScale (2021 November 2). Average Health Information Consultant Salary. Retrieved December 17, 2021, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_Information_Consultant/Salary.
  6. U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2021 September 8). Medical and Health Services Managers. Retrieved December 14, 2021, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-1.
  7. PayScale. (2022 January 9). Average Clinical Informatics Specialist Salary. Retrieved January 21, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Informatics_Specialist/Salary.
  8. PayScale. (2022 January 9). Average Clinical Data Manager Salary. Retrieved January 21, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Data_Manager/Salary.
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