MSHS in Biomedical Informatics
Improve health care through medical informatics and data science.
Leverage data and solve complex clinical and public health issues with the George Washington University online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Biomedical Informatics. You’ll gain the skills to facilitate innovation in health care and medical informatics while harnessing the power of analytics to 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
- #63 Best National University*
* The U.S. News & World Report – 2022 Rankings
- Complete your degree in 24 months
- 100% online, no residency required
- Apply data science principles to support clinical decision-making, research, and patient engagement
- Full member of the American Medical Informatics Association
Curriculum: Informatics Vs. Data Science
As a full member of the American Medical Informatics Association, the MSHS in Biomedical Informatics curriculum is designed to transform students into health care leaders by exploring medical informatics and data science. The degree includes courses in high-performance computing, medical informatics, health care leadership, epidemiology, and more.
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.View Courses
When you graduate with the MSHS in biomedical informatics, you’ll be able to:
- Apply medical informatics and 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 problems within medical informatics through the application of computational and systems thinking, information science, and technology
- Conduct and share research effectively with other AMIA members
Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?
To succeed, you should be self-motivated, comfortable with a self-directed study, and passionate about changing the health care system through medical informatics. Previous computer science or programming coursework is recommended but not required.
Career Outlook: Informatics Vs. Data Science Roles
With the growing use of big data in health care, the demand for professionals with advanced skills in analysis, technology, and medical informatics is booming.
Medical and health services managers, including health information managers, are expected to see a 32% percent increase in employment opportunities between 2020 and 2030.1
Situated at the intersection of medical informatics, data science, statistics, and leadership, graduates of GW’s MSHS in biomedical informatics are equipped to pursue in-demand positions with competitive salary opportunities, including:
- Health Services Manager, $104,280 median salary1
- Health Information Consultant, $77,500 median salary2
- Health Informatics Director, $168,510 median salary3
- Clinical Informatics Specialist, $78,457 median salary4
- Informatics Nurse, $79,199 median salary5
- Healthcare IT Project Manager, $100,695 median salary6
- Clinical Laboratory Technologist, $54,180 median salary7
- Epidemiologist, $74,560 median salary8
- Microbiologist, $84,400 median salary9
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
- Completed application
- 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
- Bachelor’s degree
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
The MSHS in Biomedical Informatics program at GW consists of 36 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 online bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and graduate certificate programs in biomedical informatics.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021 September 8). Medical and Health Services Manager. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 16, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.
- Payscale (2020 January 7). Health Information Consultant. Retrieved February 24, 2020, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_Information_Consultant/Salary.
- Salary.com (2022 January 27). Health Informatics Director Salary. Retrieved February 16, 2022, from https://www.salary.com/research/salary/benchmark/health-informatics-director-salary.
- Payscale (2022 January 17). Clinical Informatics Specialist. Retrieved February 16, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Informatics_Specialist/Salary.
- Payscale (2022 January 24). Informatics Nurse. Retrieved February 16, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Informatics_Nurse/Salary/.
- Payscale (2022 February 2). Health IT Project Manager. Retrieved February 16, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_IT_Project_Manager/Salary/.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021 September 8). Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 16, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022 January 28). Epidemiologists. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 16, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/epidemiologists.htm.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022 January 5). Microbiologists. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 16, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/microbiologists.htm.