MS in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics with Emphasis in Bioinformatics

Degree Requirements

The residential MS in Health Informatics curriculum requires 37 credit hours of course work, which include foundational coursework in health information technology as well as health administration.  Prior coursework in computer science is not required. Residential MS in Health Informatics students have the option to complete a 12-week internship during the summer following their first year, although it is not required for the degree.* HMI's executive-in-residence will work with HI students who wish to complete an internship to find an appropriate placement. For a list of recent internship placements, please see, Internship Opportunities section.

The MS in Health Informatics curriculum integrates learning across computer science, health informatics, and health administration, and also develops students’ research interests. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative MU graduate grade point average to earn the Master's degree. Individuals with three or more years of professional experience are encouraged to apply for admission to the Executive MS in Health Informatics cohort (please see Executive plan of study information below).

Required Courses
BBME 7410Introduction to the US Health Care System3
BBME 7430Introduction to Health Informatics3
BBME 7440Health Information Technology3
BBME 8435Information Security, Evaluation and Policy3
BBME 8437Data Warehousing and Data/Text Mining for Health Care3
BBME 8441Biomedical and Health Vocabularies and Ontologies3
BBME 8443Enterprise Information and Solutions Architecture for Strategic Healthcare Operations3
BBME 8450
BBME 8550Health Data Analytics3
BBME 8571Decision Support in Health Care Systems for Biomedical Informatics3
BBME 8610Consumer Health Informatics3
BBME 8870Knowledge Representation in Biology and Medicine3
BBME 8090Thesis Research in Informatics1-6

 If a student chooses to complete an internship, they must register for BBME 8689 Field Experience in Informatics , and must abide by all internship program requirements.

Sample Plan of Study - Residential in Health Informatics

First Year
BBME 74103BBME 84413
BBME 74303BBME 85503
BBME 74403BBME 85603
BBME 80901BBME 80901
 10 10
Second Year
BBME 84373BBME 84353
BBME 85713BBME 86103
BBME 84433BBME 88703
BBME 80901BBME 80901
 10 10
Total Credits: 40

Sample Plan of Study - Executive in Health Informatics

Executive students begin courses in Spring semester.

First Year
Please note: Executive students begin in the Spring semester, and program runs on a calendar year. BBME 85503BBME 75803
 BBME 85713BBME 85603
 0 6 6
Second Year
BBME 74103BBME 84413BBME 80901
BBME 74303BBME 84353 
 BBME 80901 
 6 7 1
Third Year
BBME 84373  
BBME 84433  
BBME 80901  
Total Credits: 33

Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirement

Residential MS in Health Informatics students have the option to complete a formal Master's thesis to be submitted to the Graduate School. Students who choose not to complete a thesis must complete a substantial independent research project. All MS in Health Informatics students must present their thesis or independent research during their oral comprehensive examination in their final semester.

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Financial Aid

Further information about costs, financial aid, and external scholarship opportunities is available on the BBME Department's website at:

Executive MS in Health Informatics Program

In addition to the residential (on-campus) mode, the MS in Health Informatics degree is offered in an alternative format for professionals who have significant experience in health informatics. BBME accepts an Executive MS in Health Informatics cohort to begin in January of each year. The executive MS in Health Informatics combines one on-campus weekend sessions per semester with independent study and online interaction in an innovative two-year course of study, and requires 33 credit hours of health informatics coursework. Students must complete a substantial independent research project, which they present during their oral comprehensive examination in their final semester. For additional information about the Executive MS in Health Informatics degree, please visit or call (573) 882-6178.

Informatics PhD Program

MU also offers a PhD in Informatics with emphasis in Health Informatics through the MU Informatics Institute.

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MS in Health Informatics program and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program’s graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process. Before official admissions to the University of Missouri, your application materials will be reviewed by both the degree program to which you’ve applied and the Graduate School.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • International students whose native language is not English must submit test scores from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 100 or better on the internet-based exam or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) of 7.0 or better, or Duolingo scores of 120 or better.
  • Only completed applications will be considered for fall admission. Applicants are selected for admission to the program based on their potential to successfully complete the program.
  • Graduate School applications open August 1 for fall semester of the following year. Deadline for applications is February 1.

Required Application Materials

  • Completed graduate school online application
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted through the graduate school application)
  • A personal statement in essay form that is at least two paragraphs long but no longer than one page. The statement should include your prior training and experience that would make you a strong candidate for the program; your career goals and how the program will contribute to your success; and specific topics or areas in biomedical informatics you would like to focus on.
  • An updated resume or curriculum vitae.

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