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Master's

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Overview

The goal of the curriculum is to produce students capable of assuming appropriate jobs in biomedical informatics in both industry and academia. The Master of Science (MS) curriculum consists of 60 credit hours, including 48 credit hours of required and elective coursework, and 12 credit hours of thesis work. The Master of Biomedical Informatics (MBI) curriculum consists of 52 credit hours including 46 credit hours of required and elective coursework, and 6 credit hours of capstone project work. OHSU operates on a quarter system, so a full-time student should be able to complete the coursework portion of the program in 4-5 quarters. Part-time enrollment in the program is allowed. Tuition and fee information can be found on the Registrar's page.


Tracks

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Bioinformatics has become increasingly algorithmic and quantitative, in particular in the area known as computational biology. The primary goal of both our Master's programs (MBI and MS) in bioinformatics is to provide students with a rigorous grounding in the tools needed to successfully address current problems in the field. To this end, our bioinformatics track focuses on developing five core strengths. Taken together, these domains make up the knowledge base of bioinformatics:

  • Bioinformatics algorithms and statistical methods to research problems.
  • Knowledge of biology, especially its genetics aspects, to bioinformatics and computational biology problems.
  • Basic statistical analyses to bioinformatics problems.
  • Basic computer science principles to problems in health and biomedicine.
  • Students will build strong skills in advanced scholarship , including the ability to address ethical issues in the field, communicate effectively in oral and written form, and complete a dedicated research project in the form of a thesis (MS degree) or capstone (MBI degree).

Clinical Informatics
The primary goal of both our Master's programs (MBI and MS) in Biomedical Informatics is to educate the future developers and managers of health care information systems. Individuals with a variety of backgrounds are provided a strong technical grounding in biomedical informatics, health and medicine, computer science, and research methods so that they may assume positions that require a thorough understanding of both information technology and the health care environment. The core domains that comprise a solid knowledge base in medical informatics are:

  • Basic principles of biomedical informatics to problems in different domains of health and biomedicine.
  • Operational knowledge of the human body in health and disease as well as the organization of the health care system .
  • Principles of organizational behavior and management skills to biomedical informatics problems.
  • Basic statistics and quantitative or qualitative research methods to evaluative research projects.
  • Basic computer science principles to problems in health and biomedicine.
  • Students will be adept in the tools of advanced scholarship , including the ability to address ethical issues in the field, communicate effectively in oral and written form, and complete a thesis (MS degree) or capstone (MBI degree).

The Clinical Informatics track of the master’s program was accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) in 2012. The core competencies required for accreditation have been mapped to the master’s degree course content in the “CAHIIM 2012 Curriculum Requirements – Health Informatics Master’s Degree” document.

Health Information Management

As the Health Information Management discipline has grown over the last several years, the need for qualified professionals with appropriate credentials has increased. CAHIIM, the national credentialing agency in the field, has adopted a policy requiring that all directors of HIM programs have at least a master's degree as well as RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) credential.   This degree has become the entry-level degree in the field.

The curriculum includes the same courses that are in the MBI and MS Clinical Informatics Track with the addition of 4 core HIM courses:

  • BMI 582 Healthcare Data Management
  • BMI 584 Clinical Classification systems & Applied Reimbursement Methodologies
  • BMI 586 Applied Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Information Practice
  • BMI 588 HIM Capstone and Professional Practice Experience

 All 52 credits of the MBI HIM track are required or individual competency courses. Fifty-eight of the 60 credits of the MS HIM track are required or individual competency courses. 

MBI HIM Track Forecasting Sheet
MS HIM Track Forecasting Sheet 


Prerequisites

Clinical Informatics

Anatomy & Physiology
Computer Programming

Bioinformatics

Biochemistry
Biology
Computer Programming
Genetics
Statistics/Biostatistics

Health Information Management

Medical Terminology / Pharmacotherapy
Pathophysiology / Pharmacology
Anatomy & Physiology
Computer Programming

Note: Students will also have the option to test out of Medical Terminology & Pharmacology. If you wish to do so, please contact the HIM Program Director, Joanne Valerius, at valerius@ohsu.edu.


Coursework

Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Required Courses
BMI 550 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology I: Algorithms
BMI 551 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology II: Statistical Methods
BMI 552 Research in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
BMI 553 Readings in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Elective Courses

BMI 514Information Retrieval
BMI 516  Standards and Interoperability
BMI 549 Health Information Privacy and Security
BMI 558Biological Modeling and Simulation
BMI 582 Health Care Data Management 
BMI 583 IT in Health Information Practice
BMI 584 Clinical Classification systems & Applied Reimbursement Methodologies
BMI 585 Applied Management in Health Information Practice
BMI 586 Applied Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Information Practice
BMI 587 Research, Statistics, and Quality Applied to Health Information Practice
Artificial Intelligence - CS 560
Introduction to Computational Neurophysiology - BME 565
Machine Learning - CS 545 (PSU)
Natural Language Processing - CS 562
Statistical Analysis of Microarrays - PHPM 507C

Biomedical Sciences

Required Courses
Genetic Mechanisms - CON 662
OR
Cellular Neurophysiology - NEUS 624

Individual Competency (Choose 1)
Bioregulation - CON 663
Development, Differentiation and Cancer - CON 665
Molecular Cell Biology - CON 664

Structure and Function - CON 661

Electives
Molecular Biology for Clinical Research - HIP 514

BMI 562 – Quantitative Research Methods

Biostatistics
Required Courses
Estimation and Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics - BSTA 511

Linear Models - BSTA 512
Categorical Data Analysis - BSTA 513

Computer Science

Required Courses
Databases - BMI 544
Software Engineering - BMI 546
Bioinformatics and Programming and Scripting - BMI 546

Individual Competency (Choose 1)
Computer Networks - BMI 542
Human-Computer Interaction in Biomedicine - BMI 548

Advanced Scholarship

Required Courses
Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Biomedical Informatics - BMI 515
Master's Thesis - BMI 503 (Master of Science only)
Capstone Project - BMI 581 (Master of Biomedical Informatics only)
Scientific Writing and Communication for Informatics Students - BMI 570

Electives
Independent Study - BMI 502
Internship - BMI 504
Practicum: Biomedical Informatics - BMI 509
Reading & Conference - BMI 505
Research - BMI 501
Seminar: Biomedical Informatics - BMI 507

Clinical Informatics

Biomedical Informatics

Required course
BMI 510 – Introduction to Biomedical Informatics  
Individual Competency courses
BMI 512 – Clinical Systems Information
BMI 514 – Information Retrieval
BMI 520 – Consumer Health Informatics
BMI 521 – Public Health Informatics

Healthcare

Required course
BMI 530 – Practice of Health Care
Individual Competency courses
BMI 536 – Evidence-based Medicine
BMI 537 – Healthcare Quality
BMI 538 – Medical Decision Making

Computer Science

Required courses
BMI 540 – Computer Science and Java Programming
BMI 544 – Databases

Individual Competency courses

BMI 542 – Computer Networks
BMI 546 – Software Engineering
BMI 548 – Human Computer Interaction in Biomedicine

Evaluative Sciences
Required courses
PHPM 524 – Introduction to Biostatistics
BMI 560 – Design and Evaluation in Health Informatics
Elective courses
BMI 561 – Qualitative Research Methods
 

Organizational Behavior and Management

Required courses
BMI 517 – Organizational Behavior and Management
BMI 518 – Project Management

Elective Course
BMI 519 – The business of Health Care Informatics

Advanced Scholarship

Required Courses
Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Biomedical Informatics - BMI 515
Master's Thesis - BMI 503 (Master of Science only)
Capstone Project - BMI 581 (Master of Biomedical Informatics only)
Scientific Writing and Communication for Informatics Students - BMI 570

Electives
Independent Study - BMI 502
Internship - BMI 504
Practicum: Biomedical Informatics - BMI 509
Reading & Conference - BMI 505
Research - BMI 501
Seminar: Biomedical Informatics - BMI 507

Hybrid Courses

For those who study off-campus, there is a 6-credit (2-course) on-campus requirement. Once or twice a year, several hybrid courses (see hybrid schedule) are offered on the OHSU campuses, allowing you to meet and work closely with faculty and with other students. Each course spans several weeks and the on-campus portion lasts 3-5 days, depending on the course. These courses require pre- and post-campus work such as reading of the text(s) and weekly assignments. Details are included in course syllabi. Most of the courses are scheduled back-to-back in September so that students may satisfy the 2-course requirement in one trip to Portland.

Applying

Clinical Informatics Application Dates


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Fall (2013)  May 1,  2013 Aug. 1, 2013
Winter Sept. 2, 2013 Nov. 1, 2013
Spring Dec. 2, 2013 Feb. 1, 2014



Bioinformatics Application Dates


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Fall (2013)  Sept. 1, 2012 August 1, 2013

Applications and all supporting documents received after the closing date will be considered for the following term. Applications are valid for one year. If all supporting materials are not received within one year, a new application and fee payment will be required. Application fees are non-refundable.

Application Instructions