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Degree Overview

OHSU's Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program offers degrees at the graduate certificate, master's and PhD level. Three tracks are offered to allow students to specialize in their area of interest: Clinical (Health) Informatics; Bioinformatics & Computational Biology; and Health Information Management.

There is growing overlap among the three tracks, and they have several courses and electives in common; however, students are expected to select one of the tracks as their primary focus.

The following matrix lists the degree offerings for each track, and whether they are available on-campus and/or online. Click the links for more information on a specific degree.


                         Degree
Track
Graduate Certificate

MS

MBI

PhD

Clinical Informatics

Online
On-Campus

Online
On-Campus
Online
On-Campus
On-Campus

Bioinformatics &
Computational Biology

  On-Campus   On-Campus

Health Information
Management

Online
On-Campus
Online
On-Campus
Online
On-Campus
Offered as a cognate study area


Tracks

Clinical Informatics

Clinical informatics focuses on the use of information to improve personal health, healthcare delivery, and population health. Applications focus on electronic health records, telemedicine, information retrieval (search) systems, and mobile technologies. Methods applied include standards and interoperability, data and text mining, qualitative research, human-computer interaction, and data analytics. 

The curriculum focuses on both their operational as well as research aspects. Courses are delivered both on-campus and via distance learning.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Translational Bioinformatics is defined as the development of analytic, storage, and interpretive methods to optimize the transformation of the increasingly voluminous genetic, genomic, and biological data into diagnostics and therapeutics for medicine. With recognition that a key component of this translation is computational biology, the underlying algorithmic and quantitative framework, we have created the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology track. 

Active areas of study include clinical and functional genomics, text mining and information retrieval, imaging, systems biology and computational neuroscience. Courses are delivered on-campus.

Health Information Management

The health information management track includes coursework that furthers the philosophy of providing quality healthcare through quality information. The curriculum includes a unique blend of health information management and biomedical informatics coursework with an underpinning of ethical decision-making in health information collection and dissemination. Students are prepared to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings and disciplines. 

Graduates are also qualified to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam. Courses are delivered both on-campus and via distance learning.

Academic Calendar

For important dates regarding registration and academic terms, please see the OHSU Academic Calendar.