Online Biomedical and Health Informatics, M.S.

Recommended deadline

Rolling admission

Next start date

May 21, 2018

Cost per credit hour


Credit hours


Globally connected networks, big data, artificial intelligence, and decision analytics are currently shaping the future of healthcare systems. Become an expert in the latest innovations in information technology and efforts to improve human health.

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What you will study: 

Our curriculum coincides with our existing Computer Science programs with specialized health informatics and health information management coursework. The framework is guided by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), the preeminent accrediting body for graduate health informatics and information management education.

Our program has been developed into three tracks, each specifically designed to focus on the needs of today's healthcare settings.

Health Information Management: Health Data Science - This track focuses on biomedical data analytics and applications. Students will learn best practices in utilizing health care and public health data to improve health outcomes in individuals and communities. Areas covered include data analysis and data science methods, processes, and tools for Big Data; machine learning; statistical data analysis and inference; spatiotemporal and signal analytics; text mining; data/reference terminologies; and data collection, storage, and administration models.

Health Informatics: Intelligent Health Systems - This track focuses on smart and connected health information systems analysis, design, implementation, and management. Areas covered include digital health; telemedicine; decision support systems and cognitive systems; artificial intelligence in medicine; smart health; mobile health; and healthcare quality assurance.

Health Informatics Professional - This track focuses on a more business management and administration approach to health informatics with electives selected from our award-winning MBA programs. Students will take courses such as organizational management to prepare for the application of business principles to health informatics.

  • BHI 552 - Biomedical and Health Technologies, credit: 3
  • BHI 501 - Intro to Biomed Information Systems, credit: 3
  • BHI 502 - Health Informatics Methods, credit: 3
  • BHI 503 - eHealth Systems, credit: 3

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

Globally connected health networks and decision analytics will dramatically improve health outcomes through patient engagement, prevention, and education.”
Dr. Isabelle Bichindaritz, Associate Professor

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Learning outcomes: 

Graduates of the program will be able to demonstrate advanced proficiency in health information technology and health informatics with a focus on systems integration, safety, and security, as well as intelligent health systems practices. Graduates foster relationships with leading health care businesses in the area and have opportunities to work with organizations such as Upstate Medical Center, MedTech, Welch Allyn and the Veteran’s Health Administration through internships and research projects to build experience and a professional network.

At completion of any of the three tracks, students will be qualified and encouraged to take certification exams.

  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) from the Healthcare and Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • Board Certification in Clinical Informatics from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) from CAHIIM
  • Informatics Nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS) from HIMSS

Health Information Technician

User Interface Developer

Health Information Exchange Manager

Data Integrity Specialist

Network Security Engineer

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
GRE scores (recommended)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional, but help in evaluating your acadmics. Strong GRE scores allow your application to stand out.
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities. (At least one of these recommendations must be from your school district.)
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.