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Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Department Overview

The department consists of two units: (1) the Division of Medical Education and Evaluation and (2) the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics. Medical Education and Evaluation provides training, research, and service in educational areas central to medical education including faculty and course evaluation, construction and scoring of examinations, curriculum development, implementation of innovative educational methodologies such as standardized patients and web-based simulated patients, faculty development, and research consultation (http://bime.uw.edu). Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) consists of a research and training program that emphasizes both basic and applied aspects of informatics (http://bime.uw.edu). BHI houses a National Library of Medicine Training Grant supporting pre- and postdoctoral fellows.

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

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Adviser
UW Medicine, South Lake Union, Box 358047
(206) 616-0369
informat@uw.edu

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an institution within the United States or equivalent degree from a recognized college or university from outside the United States
  2. Minimum 3.00 undergraduate GPA, 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 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 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) for most international applicants, unless they have an earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution. For the TOEFL a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 100 Internet-based), or 250 (computer-based); scores must be from a test taken within the past two years. IELTS scores are not accepted.

Degree Requirements

60 credits, as follows:

  1. Core courses: BIME 530, BIME 533, BIME 534, BIME 535, BIME 537, BIME 539, BIME 543, BIME 550, BIOST 517 (or BIOST 537 or other approved equivalent biostatistics graduate course). BIME 543 effective for autumn 2015 cohort, or later; BIOST 537 effective for autumn 2014 cohort, or later.
  2. Elective courses: Approved courses related to one’s plan of study and research interests.
  3. Research seminars: BIME 590 or BIME 591 (6 credits)
  4. Thesis and final examination:
  5. Cumulative 3.25 minimum GPA and quarterly 3.0 minimum GPA. Minimum 9 700-level thesis credits over at least two quarters. Minimum 30 credits from numerically graded courses. Only courses grades 2.7 and above count toward the degree.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an institution within the United States or equivalent degree from a recognized college or university from outside the United States
  2. Minimum 3.00 undergraduate GPA for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits
  3. Prior college-level coursework, verified by official transcripts, in mathematics (including statistics), computer programming (at least two quarters), and biology (or zoology)
  4. GRE scores, 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 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) 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), 100 Internet-based), or 250 (computer-based). Scores must be from a test taken within the past two years. IELTS scores are not accepted.

Degree Requirements

90 credits

  1. Core courses: BIME 530, BIME 533, BIME 534, BIME 535, BIME 537, BIME 539, BIME 543, BIME 550; BIOST 517 (or BIOST 537, or other approved equivalent biostatistics graduate course). BIME 543 effective for 2015 cohort, or later; BIOST 517 effective for autumn 2014, or later.
  2. Depth of knowledge courses: Five additional approved courses in the area of specialization.
  3. Research seminars: BIME 590 or BIME 591 (12 credits)
  4. Qualifying, general, and final examinations: 60 credits completed prior to general examination; 27 800-level dissertation credits over at least three quarters
  5. Minimum 3.0 quarterly GPA; minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA; only courses graded 2.7 and above count toward the degree; minimum 60 UW credits