Master of Science and Certificate Programs

Master of Science and Certificate Programs in Biomedical Informatics

The interdisciplinary MS and certificate programs in Biomedical Informatics provide students with a competency-based training in core biomedical informatics theories and methods to address the fundamental shift health and life sciences are experiencing toward transdisciplinary, integrative and data-intensive approaches to research. These developments, coupled with the use of information technology platforms, are helping transform healthcare, achieving greater value alongside improved outcomes and safety. The complex data, information and knowledge needs associated with these changes requires a comprehensive approach to biomedical informatics research, education and practice.

Who Should Apply?

  • Recent college graduates with backgrounds in the biological and/or computational sciences
  • 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

What Tracks Are Available?

This master’s degree program offers grounded theory and a broad range of applied skills for three separate tracks:

  • Applied Clinical Informatics
  • Population Health Informatics
  • Translational Bioinformatics

Students will have the opportunity to personalize their approved electives and competency courses based on their chosen track and educational and professional backgrounds, allowing them to build on their existing biomedical informatics competencies while gaining hands-on experiential learning opportunities. With the cutting-edge biomedical research being highly funded by the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies, part-time employment opportunities including Research Assistantships are frequently available throughout Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Students may apply for these opportunities upon completing their first semester. Additional research opportunities can be found here.

Earning a Certificate in Biomedical Informatics

The certificate program is ideal for working professionals. It requires 16 credits and a condensed capstone project. Expected completion time is one to three years.

How to Apply

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. Applications are open on September 1st for the following academic year and are accepted for the Certificate and part-time MS programs on rolling basis through July 31st. The full-time MS application closes on January 31st. Please note that students are only admitted for fall entry at this time. To create an application and learn more about the process, please visit our application page.

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Tuition Assistance

Washington University employees may be eligible for a 50 percent tuition assistance benefit after one year of full-time employment. Find out more about our tuition and financial aid for each academic year.

MS Degree and Certificate Course Work


Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA, FAMIA, FACMI

Director, Center for Population Health Informatics (CPHI)

Interim Director, Division of Biostatistics

Co-Director, Center for Administrative Data Research (CADR)

Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Professor of Public Health, Brown School


Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of General Medical Sciences
School of Medicine

Associate Professor, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes Jewish College

Kim Freels, MA

Program Manager, Office of Health Information and Data Science