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Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Department Overview

E312 Health Sciences

The Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education is comprised of two units: the Division of Medical Education and Evaluation and 2) the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics. The Division of Medical Education and Evaluation provides training, research and service in educational areas central to medical education including faculty and course evaluation, construction and scoring exams, curriculum development, implementation of innovative educational methodologies such as standardized patients and web-based simulated patients, faculty development, and research consultation (www.meded.washington.edu). The Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics consists of a research and training program that emphasizes both basic and applied aspects of informatics with a view toward making a difference in people's lives through interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty and students (www.bhi.washington.edu). BHI houses a National Library of Medicine Training Grant in Biomedical and Health Informatics supporting pre- and postdoctoral fellows.

The Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education offers courses in the theory and application of medical education and biomedical and health informatics. Courses are designed for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, postgraduates and fellows in the health sciences who desire further training in the methods, issues, research, and technology of medical education and biomedical informatics. BIME offers applied and research master's and doctoral degrees, as well as fellowship training, in biomedical and health informatics.

Graduate Program

Graduate Training Program Coordinator
I-264 Health Sciences, Box 357240
(206) 616-0369
informat@uw.edu

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an institution within the United States or an equivalent degree from a recognized college or university from outside the United States.
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00, for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.
  3. Prior formal college-level coursework, verified by official transcripts, in mathematics (including statistics), computer programming (at least two quarters), and biology (or zoology), as evidenced by official transcripts.
  4. GRE scores are required unless the applicant holds an earned doctorate (such as PhD, DDS, MD, EdD, JD) from an accredited U.S. institution. GRE scores must be from testing within the past five years.
  5. GRE scores are required for all international applicants, including holders of foreign doctorates (such as PhD, DDS, MD, EdD, JD).
  6. A test of English language proficiency (usually the TOEFL) is also required for most international applicants, unless they have an earned undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution. For the TOEFL a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computerized) is required, and the scores must be from a test taken within the past two years.

Degree Requirements

60 credits, as follows:

  1. Foundational courses: MEBI 530 (3), MEBI 550 (3), MEBI 552 (3); either LIS 510 (4) or LIS 544 (3); two of the following courses: MEBI 534 (3), MEBI 535 (3), HSERV 503/EPI 503 (3); a graduate-level statistics class
  2. Elective courses: Four additional courses to establish depth of knowledge in the student's chosen area of specialization. These must be approved by the student's academic adviser.
  3. Research seminars: At least 3 credits of MEBI 590 and at least 3 credits of MEBI 591
  4. Thesis and final examination: All students must complete an M.S. thesis and pass a final examination for the master's degree.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an institution within the United States or an equivalent degree from a recognized college or university from outside the United States.
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.
  3. Prior formal college-level coursework, verified by official transcripts, in mathematics (including statistics), computer programming (at least two quarters), and biology (or zoology), as evidenced by official transcripts.
  4. GRE scores are required unless the applicant holds an earned doctorate (such as PhD, DDS, MD, EdD, JD) from an accredited U.S. institution. The GRE scores must be from testing within the past five years.
  5. GRE scores are required for all international applicants, including holders of foreign doctorates (such as PhD, DDS, MD, EdD, JD).
  6. A test of English language proficiency (usually the TOEFL) is also required for most international applicants, unless they have an earned undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution. For the TOEFL a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computerized) is required, and the scores must be from a test taken within the past two years.

Degree Requirements

90 credits, to include:

  1. Foundational courses: MEBI 520 (2), MEBI 530 (3), MEBI 550 (3), MEBI 552 (3); either LIS 510 (4) or LIS 544 (3); two of the following: MEBI 534 (3), MEBI 535 (3), HSERV 503/EPI 503 (3); a graduate level statistics class
  2. Courses for depth of knowledge: Five additional courses to establish the necessary depth of knowledge in the student's chosen area of specialization. These must be approved by the student's academic adviser.
  3. Research seminars: 12 credits of research seminars that must include at least 3 credits of MEBI 590 and at least 6 credits of MEBI 591
  4. Oral presentations: All students must satisfactorily present material in an oral format. Students should present at least once per year. This requirement is fulfilled by journal club and research seminar (MEBI 590 and MEBI 591) presentations.
  5. Formal examinations:
    • The qualifying examination: All students must pass a qualifying examination (oral and written) that covers breadth of knowledge prior to formally creating a PhD Supervisory Committee and proceeding with their dissertation research.
    • The general examination: The general examination includes an oral and written part. The oral portion is a public presentation of the student's area of research, and includes an oral examination covering the student's in-depth knowledge of her or his area.
    • Final examination (dissertation defense): A candidate for the PhD must present a dissertation demonstrating original and independent investigation and significant achievement in the field of biomedical and health informatics.