Academic Programs

The Institute for Informatics provides a wide breadth of programs and research opportunities for trainees at all levels of study.

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Newly Launched Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics

The Institute for Informatics (I2) is pleased to announce new Master of Science (MS) and certificate programs in Biomedical Informatics (BMI). These new offerings will be administered through I2 and housed in the Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC). Degrees will be conferred through Washington University School of Medicine.

The purpose of the MS in BMI is to provide comprehensive and competency-based training in core Biomedical Informatics theories and methods for both:

  • recent college graduates with backgrounds in the biological and/or computational sciences and;
  • in-career learners with a broad range of experiences in biomedicine/biosciences, mathematics, physical or computer information sciences or engineering, and cognitive and/or social sciences.

The program will provide students with grounded theory and a broad range of applied skills in their chosen track of:

  • translational bioinformatics & clinical research informatics (TBI/CRI);
  • clinical informatics (CI); or
  • bioinformatics (BI).

Students will have the opportunity to personalize their approved electives and competency courses based upon their tracks and educational and professional backgrounds, thus building upon their existing biomedical informatics competencies while being provided with hands-on experiential learning opportunities.


Recent college graduates and in-career learners with training in biology, research and clinical medicine, computer science, data science and analytics, statistics, engineering and related disciplines are encouraged to apply. Individuals applying for an NIH Research and Career Development award may submit their proposals in lieu of a formal application.

The application for the Master of Science and Certificate in Biomedical Informatics is now live. To create an application and learn more about the process, please visit our application page.

Interested in applying? Please contact Andrea Krussel, I2 Program Manager, with any questions:, or click on the link below to fill out the inquiry form.

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Tuition Assistance:

Washington University employees may be eligible for a 50% Tuition Assistance Benefit after one year of full time employment.   More details.

Course Work:

The Master’s and Certificate Programs Courses page provides you with detailed information on the course offerings.

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Clinical Informatics Fellowship

Now accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Clinical Informatics Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine allows fellows to participate in the design and implementation of electronic health records and clinical decision support systems.

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Undergraduate and Graduate Research Opportunities

Washington University offers a variety of opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.


The Department of Computer Science and Engineering currently offers a minor in bioinformatics.

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Pathways for undergraduate research with the Institute for Informatics (I2):

  • Students who wish to pursue research in basic life sciences may register for Bio 200/500: Learn More
  • Engineering students may be approved for an independent study through their department
  • Work study may be an option (student will need to discuss with their financial aid advisor)
  • Students may pursue summer program opportunities, such as BioSURF, which are grant funded. Learn More
  • Students in Arts & Sciences may apply to receive credit for internships by filling out their Internship Agreement Form. The Career Center provides additional resources for stipend awarding internship opportunities
  • Students are welcome to volunteer their time to gain Informatics experience prior to applying to medical school


If you are pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD in biomedical engineering or medicine at Washington University, you have the opportunity for faculty advisement in the field of informatics.

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