• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    2 years

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online, no residency required; complete your degree in 24 months  
  • Apply data science principals to support clinical decision-making, research, and patient engagement
  • Full member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • No prior computer science or health care experience is required
  • Apply Data Science Principals to Support Clinical Decision-Making During Health Crises.

MSHS in Biomedical Informatics

Leverage data and solve complex clinical and public health issues with the George Washington University's (GW) online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Biomedical Informatics. You'll gain the skills to facilitate innovation in health care and harness the power of analytics to support clinical decision-making, research, and patient engagement. When you graduate with the MSHS 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 and evidence-based 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 program. To succeed, you should be self-motivated, comfortable with a 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 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.

Situated at the intersection of data science, statistics, and leadership, graduates of GW's MSHS in biomedical informatics are equipped to pursue positions including:

  • Health Information Consultant, $76,572 median salary2 
  • Health Informatics Director, $150,971 median salary3 
  • Clinical Informatics Specialist, $73,476 median salary4 
  • Informatics Nurse, $77,714 median salary
  • Health Care IT Project Manager, $84,332 median salary
  • Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), $350,000 median salary7 

1. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm

2. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_Information_Consultant/Salary

3. https://www1.salary.com/Health-Informatics-Director-Salaries.html

4. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Informatics_Specialist/Salary

5. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Informatics_Nurse/Salary

6. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_IT_Project_Manager/Salary

7. http://amdis.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Gartner-Survey-AMDIS-2017_Shaffer.pdf

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    It is recommended, but not required that applicants have taken a computer science or computer programming course.

  4. Previous work experience

    Many of our students have a background in healthcare, including clinical work experience (physicians, nurses, social workers, etc). Our students also come from computer science, information systems, community and public health, and public policy.

  5. 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.

  6. Completed Application
  7. Resume/CV
  8. 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.
  9. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  10. Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here: https://www.naces.org/members
  11. 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 68 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.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.


The online MSHS in Biomedical Informatics program consists of 36 credit hours and can be completed in as little as 2 years. Students complete 33 credit hours of Graduate Research Courses and 3 credit hours of Elective Courses.
  • INFR 6121High Performance Computing3 Credits

    Applied contemporary concepts and practice in high performance computing for scientists; systems, resource management, parallel programming, and nationally shared resources. Proctor fee. Prerequisites: INFR 6101, INFR 6102, and HSCI 6263 (or equivalent statistics course). Recommended background: graduate students in biomedical Informatics programs.

  • HSCI 6223Topics in Health Care Leadership3 Credits

    Allows students to think critically about leadership concepts by analyzing and evaluating academic articles associated with leadership, change management and systems development. It is designed to use course content as a mechanism for developing critical thinking skills. This is a course that requires academic writing, contrasting and comparing ideas and extrapolating current literature into practical application.

  • HSCI 6240Issues and Trends in Health Systems3 Credits

    Students examine the major themes on healthcare policies, trends, and issues in the major health systems and research enterprise. Students evaluate the larger contemporary issues, trends, policies, and implications that influence and shape current research and health care practices.

  • HSCI 6263Biostatics for Clinical Translational Research3 Credits

    Provides an introduction to the foundation of biostatistics, which is comprised of the design and analysis of clinical research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression and chi-square analysis. In addition, the course will examine the interpretation of output from statistical software (SPSS and SAS). Practice problems and review of scientific literature are also included to provide a comprehensive context in public health.

  • HSCI 6264Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research3 Credits

    Provides an introduction to the way epidemiologists explore individual characteristics and their influences on public health, identify risk factors and health disparities of disease and provide information for preventive medicine through the use of descriptive studies, surveillance and analytical studies. The basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and their application in measuring, studying and improving the health of populations are discussed.

  • INFR 6101Principles of Medical Informatics3 Credits

    Analysis of 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. Restricted to graduate students. Recommended background: graduate enrollment in data science or related field.

  • INFR 6105Health Care for Informatics3 Credits

    Health care quality theory, principles, and practice for medical informatics professionals. Restricted to students in the biomedical informatics program.

  • INFR 6197Biomedical Informatics Practicum3 Credits

    Supervised field work in biomedical informatics arranged in consultation with the program director. Students must have completed 9 credits of graduate INFR coursework and have program approval in order to enroll. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: graduate students in biomedical Informatics programs.

  • INFR 6198Biomedical Informatics Capstone3 Credits

    Capstone project for biomedical informatics arranged in consultation with the program director. Students must have completed 12 credits of graduate INFR coursework and have program approval in order to enroll. May be repeated for credit. Recommended background: graduate students in biomedical Informatics programs.

  • INFR 6540Medical Decision Making and Decision Support Systems3 Credits

    Clinical decision support systems (CDSS) used in biomedical informatics to assist health care providers with decision making tasks related to patient care and associated quality improvement efforts. Artificial intelligence in medicine. Restricted to students in the biomedical informatics program. Prerequisite: INFR 6121.

  • HSCI 6265Grantsmanship in Translational Research3 Credits

    Writing grant proposals to fund clinical research, with an emphasis on translational research proposals. Emphasis is on persuasive communication, conceptually based hypotheses and research methods and the grant application process, including communicating

  • HSCI 6273Bioinformatics for Genomics3 Credits

    The bioinformatics tools for different analytical situations. Strengths and limitations of the most common bioinformatics strategies. Principally limited to analysis of genomic data, the course is planned to enable students to generalize the acquired knowledge and its underlying principles and techniques to other types of ‘big data’ applications for the purpose of interpretation of results.

  • INFR 6103Advanced Computing Applications for Biomedical Informatics3 Credits

    The course examines advanced scripting skills in the context of biomedical informatics. This is an programming course utilizing current language for applied systems. Proctor fee. Prerequisites: HSCI 6263, INFR 6101 and INFR 6102. Recommended background: graduate students in biomedical Informatics programs.

Tuition & Fees

  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $980
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2,940

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.
  • Round-the-clock tech support
    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.

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