The University of Missouri, home to the world’s first computerized laboratory system, has been a leader in biomedical informatics research since the 1960s. The University began offering training in biomedical informatics in the 1970s and counts among its alumni some of the leading figures in the field. Today, that tradition of excellence continues in the Health Informatics Graduate Programs offered by the Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics and Medical Epidemiology Department.

Students graduating from the programs will be able to pursue careers in a wide range of healthcare organizations and related settings, such as hospitals and clinics, pharmaceutical firms, health insurance companies, research labs, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and beyond. The programs focus on understanding, designing, and developing information technologies to transform and integrate into today’s health systems and fosters students’ research interests in biomedical informatics.

Read more in our Student Handbook.

Master of Science in Health Informatics 

Residential MS Program

The CAHIIM accredited traditional, on-campus health informatics program prepares professions to lead development and use of electronic health records and other information systems in the health care environment.

Executive MS Program

Our CAHIIM accredited executive health informatics program integrates technical, clinical and managerial competencies into health and biomedical informatics education for experienced health care professionals.

Graduate Certificates

All HMI graduate certificates are options for masters students to do concurrently with their degrees.

Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics

The graduate certificate in health informatics is designed to serve as both a stand-alone certificate program for non-degree learners interested in health and biomedical informatics and an integrated certificate program for degree-seeking University of Missouri students who are enrolled in a graduate degree program.

Graduate Certificate in Health Ethics

The graduate certificate in health ethics is designed to help learners develop an understanding of the ethical issues related to health and health care and to foster skills in analyzing and resolving ethical problems and conflicts in the health care environment.

Graduate Certificate in Project Management

The graduate certificate in health care project management provides participants an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of project management and its application to health care. A problem-based approach is used to frame both the theoretical underpinnings of project management and hands-on learning, including agile project management.

Doctor of Philosophy in Informatics

Informatics PhD Program

The doctorate in informatics, with an emphasis in health informatics, prepares individuals for research and scholarly careers in the application of information technology to health systems. The Informatics PhD is offered through the MU Institute for Data Science and Informatics.

More detailed course descriptions are available.

Admissions Process

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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