Improve Health Care Delivery Through Data Science
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.
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Accreditation and Rankings
- Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- #66 Best National University*
- #19 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs*
* U.S. News & World Report‘s 2021 Best Colleges Rankings
- 100% online, no campus visits required
- Complete your degree in as few as 24 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
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 toward 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.View Courses
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.
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 an 18% increase in employment opportunities between 2018 and 2028. The median salary in 2018 was $99,730.1
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, $63,339 median salary2
- Clinical Informatics Specialist, $77,743 median salary3
- Informatics Nurse, $77,541 median salary4
- Healthcare IT Project Manager, $98,204 median salary5
- Implementation Consultant, $70,107 median salary6
To apply for the BSHS in Biomedical Informatics, you’ll need:
- Completed application
- 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
- A written personal statement
- One letter of recommendation
If you have an associate degree from a participating D.C., Maryland, Virginia community college, you may be eligible for guaranteed admission to this program. Review the list of participating institutions or complete this form to speak with an Online Admissions Advisor for more details.See All Requirements
The BSHS in Biomedical Informatics program at GW consists of 60 credit hours. Please find the cost per credit hour and total estimated program costs here.
Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.Get Tuition Details
Meet the Program Director
Krystl Haerian, MD
Academic program director of an online bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and graduate certificate program in biomedical informatics.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Medical and Health Services Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 25, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.
- Payscale (n.d.). Average Health Informatics Specialist Salary. Retrieved February 25, 2020, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_Informatics_Specialist/Salary.
- Payscale (n.d.). Average Clinical Informatics Specialist Salary. Retrieved February 25, 2020, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Informatics_Specialist/Salary.
- Payscale (n.d.). Average Informatics Nurse Salary. Retrieved February 25, 2020, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Informatics_Nurse/Salary.
- Payscale (n.d.). Average Health IT Project Manager Salary. Retrieved February 25, 2020, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_IT_Project_Manager/Salary.
- Glassdoor (n.d.). Implementation Consultant Salaries. Retrieved February 25, 2020, from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/implementation-consultant-salary-SRCH_KO0,25.htm.