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The Master of Biomedical Informatics (MBMI) program seeks to provide state-of-the-art graduate-level educational and training opportunities in biomedical informatics (BMI), adhering to the best practices as established by national competency standards, to create the next generation of biomedical informatics and practitioners. Our program’s objectives are drawn from the key competencies identified by the American Medical Informatics Association’s 2017 guidelines, which identify the skills and knowledge that informatics practitioners need to set themselves apart in a rapidly developing field.

The MBMI is a two-year degree program intended for professionals working in a clinical setting. The program curriculum consists of core biomedical informatics courses, core clinical informatics courses, electives, and a capstone project. Students are expected to participate in the annual Informatics Day which is a day-long symposium that includes a keynote lecture by an invited speaker, short talks by informaticians from the Penn and CHOP communities, and a poster session during which students will present their capstone projects for evaluation.

All courses meet in-person on Penn's campus in Philadelphia. As most students are working full time while pursuing their degree, courses are scheduled in the early evenings to the extent possible. The MBMI course sequence is flexible, allowing students to pursue required and electives at their own pace, provided they complete all requirements within 4 years of matriculation.

Students who complete the program should be prepared to sit for the Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Board Examination, or to pursue other formal certification in clinical informatics.

John H. Holmes, PhD, FACE, FACMI
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Meg Tanjutco
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