- 100% online, no campus visits required
- Complete your degree in as few as 18 months
- Full member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
- GW's biomedical informatics program is one of the first in the country to prepare undergraduate students in this growing field
BSHS in Biomedical Informatics
Use data science to facilitate and lead innovation in health care with the George Washington University's (GW) online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Biomedical Informatics. In this two year Bachelor's degree completion program, you'll build on your existing education and gain comprehensive analytical skills that support clinical decision-making, research, and patient engagement. When you graduate with your BSHS in biomedical informatics, you'll be able to:
- Apply data science principles to improve health care delivery
- Demonstrate programming, data analysis, and data manipulation skills
- Integrate and synthesize data to inform ethical, evidence-based and patient-centered care
- Design solutions for biomedical information problems through the application of computational and systems thinking, information science and technology
Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?
You don't need prior health care or information systems experience to excel in this two-year completer program. To succeed, you should be self-motivated, comfortable with self-directed study and passionate about changing the health care system. Previous computer science or programming coursework is recommended but not required.
All courses are delivered online in a flexible, asynchronous format, so you can earn your graduate degree while keeping up with your personal and professional commitments.
Biomedical Informatics Career Outlook
With the growing use of big data and information systems in health care, the demand for professionals with analytical and technological skills is booming.
Medical and health services managers including health information managers are expected to see a 20-percent increase in employment opportunities between 2016 and 2026. The median salary in 2017 was $98,350.1
Situated at the intersection of data science, statistics, and leadership, graduates of GW's BSHS in biomedical informatics are equipped to pursue positions including:
- Health Informatics Specialist, $60,972 median salary2
- Clinical Informatics Specialist, $73,476 median salary3
- Informatics Nurse, $77,714 median salary4
- Health Care IT Project Manager, $84,332 median salary5
- Implementation Consultant, $66,545 median salary6
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Request information, or call (844) 386-7323 to speak with an admissions advisor.
Students will complete 51 credit hours (17 courses) of Core Courses and 9 credits (3 courses) of Elective Courses.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
An associate degree
Verification of high school graduation or completion of GED unless already have an earned associate’s degree or higher.
2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Sixty (60) semester hours of transferable coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. The coursework must be earned with a C or better (C- grades and lower do not transfer) and include the following: 3 credits English Composition, 3 credits Humanities, 6 credits Social Sciences (Psychology is recommended) 8 credits Biology with lab, Anatomy and Psychology with lab, 3 credits Statistics, 3 credits College Algebra or higher, 4 credits Computer Science.
A written personal statement
Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at the George Washington University, and your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, current McNair Program Scholars.
One Letter of Recommendation
Official transcripts from every school attended
International Students: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration: TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based GW's school code for the TOEFL is 5246. PTE: overall score of 86 IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0 International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if: You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language, You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction, You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.
- Application Deadline
- Start Date
- April 5
- May 20
Students must earn a total of 120 college credit hours to receive the BSHS degree. They may transfer in up to 60 college credit hours from another institution which are applied towards the general education and advanced standing requirements. They then must earn at least 60 college credit hours at GW to meet the academic residency requirement of which 48 credit hours are required courses for the major.*
* Students may be considered for review with a minimum of 45 transfer credits but will be required to complete any missing general education credit hours in addition to completion of the 60 programmatic hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated prior to admission.
Basic issues, approaches, and requirements of ethically acceptable decision making with patients, including patient confidentiality, conflicts of interest, allocation of scarce resources, occupational risks in health care, and professional responsibility for overall quality of care.
Introduction to the health sciences literature. Emphasis is on construction, evaluation and organization of written communication of health sciences information.
Biostatistics for health science professionals. Concepts and methods, including confidence intervals, ANOVA, multiple and logistic regression, and non-parametric analyses. Scientific literature is used to provide a comprehensive context in which analytical evidence is employed to support practices in the health sciences.
In this course, one of the key objectives is to work with you on your critical thinking, analytical, and integrative skills as a future graduate of the George Washington University.
Basic concepts of scripting in bioinformatics, such as alignments, searches, and data manipulation for biological data. Four credits in general biology courses may be substituted for the prerequisite.
Medical informatics applications and innovations in health care and the health care system; implications for health care delivery and patient outcomes, including electronic medical records, health system databases, and medical data analysis.
Survey of clinical medicine and basic concepts related to clinical process, medical vocabulary, anatomy, pathophysiology, and clinical disease management for selected organ systems and healthcare specialties; evaluation of medical records, clinical decision making, and health providers in the U.S. healthcare system. Laboratory fee. Completion of one course in general biology, anatomy, or physiology may be substituted for the prerequisite.
Programming (Java), databases, and data models in medical informatics.
Terminology and standards commonly used in clinical and public health systems; practical experience in selecting terminology, mapping concepts to standard terminologies, and creating and testing standardized messages.
Consumer health informatics as a field of research and development in the context of medical informatics, including patient and provider perspectives and technology innovations utilized by patients and healthcare systems.
Population health informatics, and informatics techniques used on population-level data to improve health.
Examination of clinical decision support systems and associated quality improvement efforts.
The automatic extraction of information from clinical text; specificities, information extraction methods, existing applications, and resources for information extraction.
Evaluation methods associated with clinical information systems and informatics interventions; objective and subjective evaluation, design, measurement, and analysis of medical informatics cases.
Principles of health analytic techniques, and implications associated with big data uses in clinical and health care settings.
Advanced scripting skills in the context of computational biology problems.
Comprehensive introduction to the psychological and social aspects of health and wellness. Emphasis on the development of communication skills and the establishment of caring relationships. Discussions of special situations such as working with dying patients and patients with self-destructive behaviors.
Incorporates economic theory and policy analysis methodology to analyze the impact of changes in the health care system on the practice of health sciences professionals and the quality and process of health care. Development of critical thinking skills through review of current medical literature.
An introduction to epidemiological methods and their applications in the prevention and control of illness, community and clinical interventions, and health services.
Concepts and practice in high performance computing for scientists; systems, resource management, parallel programming, and nationally shared resources.
Supervised field work in medical informatics, arranged in consultation with the program director. May be repeated for credit.
Supervised research project in medical informatics, arranged in consultation with the program director. May be repeated for credit.
Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $595
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1,785
What's it like to earn this degree online?
- Study on your schedule
- The flexible anytime, anywhere approach to online learning at GW means that you can study and work on assignments when and where it’s convenient for you. Balance your personal and professional commitments. At GW online, you can advance your career without stopping it.
- Personalized learning
- Many of our online programs have a student-instructor ratio that’s lower than on-campus classes, making it easier to interact with fellow students and get personalized attention from your instructors. Plus, you have access to one-on-one tutoring to help ensure your success.
- The prestige of a GW degree
- Now you can earn a GW degree without relocating your life, giving you access to the distinguished connections and opportunities we provide. When you earn a degree from an online program at GW, you earn a degree from the George Washington University. Entrusted with its rights, privileges, and honors, you’ll join the ever-expanding GW alumni community who make the world a better place.
- Connect to campus from anywhere
- GW is your link to leading authorities in policy and health care in Washington, D.C. You’ll be able to research, collaborate, and discuss with classmates and instructors using online learning management systems. Engage with all the resources GW offers, including tutors, the writing center, career services, and libraries—all online.
- A dedicated advisor from day one
- Each GW online student is assigned an academic advisor who will support your journey to graduation. You’ll get help finding resources, guidance on scheduling classes, answers to your questions, and more. As an online learner at GW, you’re never alone.
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- A late-night software malfunction won’t keep you from getting your assignment in on time. GW provides 24/7 technical support for our online students, ensuring you have complete access to what you need, when you need it.