Financial Aid

As you prepare for your pursuit of higher learning at Oregon Health & Science University, you take on many exciting responsibilities and challenges. The pursuit of funding is a responsibility, but it doesn't have to be a challenge.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) recognizes that students and their families may have difficulty financing postsecondary education. To ensure that qualified Master's and PhD students have an opportunity to attend OHSU, the university provides financial assistance through the Financial Aid Office. Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate program are not eligible for financial aid.

Apply for financial aid through the Financial Aid Office.

Dr. Frank Naeymi-Rad and Dr. Theresa Kepic

Dr. Frank Naeymi-Rad and Dr. Theresa Kepic Scholarship for Biomedical Informatics

The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) is pleased to open applications for the 2022 Dr. Frank Naeymi-Rad and Dr. Theresa A. Kepic Endowed Scholarship for Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Naeymi-Rad is the founder of Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO), Inc. and an expert in the application of standards-based terminology solutions to problems in healthcare. Dr. Kepic is an Obstetrics & Gynecology physician.

The endowed scholarship provides an award of $5000 for tuition and fees for a student in the OHSU Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program to obtain his or her degree while gaining practical experience in applying standards-based terminology using tools to solve health-related patient and population focused problems.

The student must currently be enrolled in the OHSU Master of Science (MS) program in either the HCIN or BCB major. He or she must be in good standing in the program. The scholarship must be used for the student’s tuition and fees.  The next scholarship will be awarded in the 2023 academic year. NLM Trainees and CI Fellows are not eligible for this scholarship.

The selection process will choose a student who is committed to the area of biomedical informatics focused on the application of terminology standards. The student will also serve as a resource for the standard terminology services and tools that are being provided for academic use to the OHSU Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology by the Leap of Faith Foundation.

Interested students are required to complete an application indicating their interest in standards-based terminology for solving problems in healthcare. The scholarship recipient will be selected by a committee of OHSU and Leap of Faith Foundation personnel, and designated as the Dr. Frank Naeymi-Rad and Dr. Theresa A. Kepic OHSU Biomedical Informatics Scholar.

The Application is available on this link here – Application will be available again in 2023.

The Leap of Faith Foundation was created by Frank Naeymi-Rad and Theresa Kepic to accelerate informatics innovation and the distribution of terminology-enabled applications from academic centers across electronic health record systems.  

Past winners of the scholarship include:

2018 – Raja Cholan, MS, Health Informatics Consultant, Deloitte
2019 – Patty Langasek, MS Student, OHSU

2020 – Sophiya Rajbhandari, MS Student, OHSU

For more information, contact Andrea Ilg at

Funding opportunities

HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Foundation Scholarship Program
The HIMSS Foundation Scholarship Program annually awards scholarships to student members studying in the health care information or management systems field.  Visit the HIMSS site for more information.

AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) Foundation of Research and Education
Financial aid is available to qualified students through the AHIMA Foundation of Research and Education. The organization offers both loans and scholarships. For more information, visit the AHIMA foundation site.