BMHI Curriculum

The MPS in Biomedical and Health Informatics requires a total of 35 credit hours of coursework

  • 12 hours of core informatics coursework, including 2 required courses
  • 6 hours of business fundamentals/professional skills courses
  • 6 hours of BMHI foundations coursework
  • 8 hours of coursework in one of two tracks:
    • Clinical health informatics
    • Public health informatics
  • A 400-hour minimum practicum/internship experience (3 credit hours) in your selected track (Clinical informatics or Public health informatics)

Two Biomedical and Health Informatics Tracks Available

  • Clinical informatics
    For students interested in working in information systems division or chief information office in the clinical care setting, as well as for physicians pursuing clinical informatics certification.
  • Public health informatics
    For students with a specific interest in applying information systems in population health and public health policy.


  • All students in the BMHI program are required to complete a practicum at a point in the program that is academically appropriate.
  • Students meet with their advisers during the first semester of the program to map out course sequences and to establish the semester in which the required practicum is to be completed.
  • Most full time students will engage in the practicum during the first summer of their program.
  • See highlights of some of the outstanding projects recent PSM students have worked on during their internships here.
  • View current internship and job opportunities here.

Course Options (required*)

Informatics Core
      • Database systems I: introduction to databases*
      • Systems analysis and design*
      • Information visualization
      • Programming for information professionals
      • Information security
      • Web development
      • Database systems II:  intermediate databases
      • Visual Analytics
      • User interface design
      • Database systems III:  advanced databases
      • Web databases
Business Fundamentals and Professional Skills (recommended courses)
      • Professional communication: writing
      • Professional communication:  presenting
      • Leadership in science based organizations
      • Applied project management: frameworks, principles and techniques
      • Introduction to financial accounting
      • Building your leadership practice
      • Team based consulting for technology commercialization
      • Professional Science Master’s seminar series (A forum to educate PSM students in a variety of business fundamentals and professional skills necessary for the workplace.  The seminars include discussions with invited industry leaders who can speak directly about their career challenges and rewards, as well as individuals with expertise in teaching professional skills.)
Clinical Informatics Track
      • Electronic health records*
      • Introduction to health policy and management*
      • Health care informatics*
      • Health informatics seminar*
      • Consumer health informatics
      • Informed decision making for cancer care quality
      • Evidence-based health information practice
      • Improving quality, safety, and outcomes in healthcare systems
Public Health Informatics Track
      • Implementing health informatics initiatives*
      • Introduction to public health informatics*
      • Health informatics seminar*
      • Epidemiologic research with healthcare databases
      • Fundamentals of public health surveillance
      • Applied public health informatics
      • Healthcare quality and information management
      • Advanced functions of temporal GIS
      • Data management in clinical and public health research
      • Introduction to statistical computing and data management

     To view course descriptions, visit  the Biomedical and Health Informatics curriculum page on the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) website.