Biomedical Informatics Program FAQ

  1. What will the Biomedical Informatics program offer me? 
  2. What are the career opportunities for Biomedical Informaticians?
  3. What is Biomedical Informatics?
  4. For whom is this program designed?
  5. How does the Biomedical Informatics program work? 
  6. What classes are offered for the Biomedical Informatics program? 

 

1.  What will the Biomedical Informatics program offer me? 

After completion of the program, successful students will receive a B.S. degree in Computer Science from PSU and a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics from OHSU. The BS degree may be awarded after the fourth year PSU requirements are met and the OHSU MS degree is awarded after completion of fifth year requirements. 

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2.  What are the career opportunities for Biomedical Informaticians? 

Biomedical Informatics graduates are in high demand. Alumni of the program enter a broad range of career fields including: research, teaching, health care information technology, biomedical information applications programming, and health care computing industry. 

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3.  What is Biomedical Informatics? 

According to Merriam Webster, informatics is "the collection, classification, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of recorded knowledge treated both as a pure and as an applied science." Biomedical Informatics is an interdisciplinary field which combines knowledge of biology, computer science, informatics and information engineering to assist in the management of health and biomedical information. Click here for more information. 

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4.  For whom is this program designed?

High achieving high school applicants with an interest in Biology and/or Computer Science who meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • 1200 combined SAT / 26 composite ACT
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in all high school mathematics courses
  • Successful completion of pre-calculus and physics

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5.  How does the Biomedical Informatics program work? 

Students begin taking some of their courses from OHSU during their fourth year, and, by their fifth year, they are taking courses exclusively from the OHSU Biomedical Informatics program. Successful students in the Biomedical Informatics program maintain a minimum PSU cumulative 3.0 GPA. In addition, they will have received a verbal score of 500 or above, quantitative score of 600 or above and an analytical score of 4.0/600 or above on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) by the beginning of their fourth year. 

Upon successful completion of the GRE and required Portland State coursework, students begin taking courses at Oregon Health & Science University in their third or fourth year. By the end of the fourth year, all courses will be taken at OHSU. Successful students will receive both a B.S. Computer Science and an M.S. Biomedical Informatics degree at the end of five years. 

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6.  What classes are offered for the Biomedical Informatics program? 

See a sample 5-Year schedule. Credit hours per course are in parentheses. 

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