We offer two different tracks to start your PhD program: you can either apply directly to the PhD Program in Biomedical Informatics (PPBMI), or, with a strong previous preparation in the basic biomedical sciences, mathematics or engineering, you can apply to the UB Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS) for the first year. Either way, the coursework and research leading to the PhD in Biomedical Informatics typically takes five years to complete.
Whether you are admitted directly to the PPBMI program or first to the PPBS program, your first year will include research lab rotations offering you the opportunity to immediately begin exploring a variety of research disciplines before committing to one specific area of biomedical informatics for your dissertation research:
- By starting in the PPBMI program, your research lab rotations will be with faculty in two or more of the five BMI department divisions.
- By starting in the PPBS program, your research lab rotations will focus on work with faculty in other basic biomedical sciences departments as well as with BMI faculty.
The PhD degree program requires a minimum of 72 credit hours, including 15 hours of core and selective courses, 16 hours of faculty-mentored research rotations, 17 hours of elective courses, and 24 credit hours for your dissertation research, writing and defense. You will be expected to complete your coursework and dissertation research in five academic years, although exceptional students, by completing some requirements during summer sessions, may be able to earn the PhD degree more quickly.