Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Master of Biomedical Informatics

Medical informatics

About the MBMI Program

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.

To do so, we draw from expert faculty instructors and mentors from across the university and affiliated institutions. Our faculty come from such departments as:

  • Division of Informatics, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
  • Division of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
  • Penn School of Nursing
  • Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Program Learning Objectives

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. By graduation, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the applicable information science and technology concepts, methods, and tools, which may be dependent upon the application area of the training program, to solve health informatics problems.
  2. Identify and draw on the social, behavioral, legal, psychological, management, cognitive, and economic theories, methods, and models applicable to health informatics to design, implement, and evaluate health informatics solutions.
  3. Identify possible biomedical and health information science and technology methods and tools for solving a specific biomedical and health information problem. Design a solution to a biomedical or health information problem by applying computational and systems thinking, information science, and technology.
  4. Define and discuss the scope of practice and roles of different health professionals and stakeholders including patients, as well as the principles of team science and team dynamics to solve complex health and health information problems.

Program Governance

The MBMI program is directed by John H. Holmes, PhD, FACE, FACMI, Professor of Medical Informatics in Epidemiology. The Executive Committee and Admissions Committee assist the Director in managing and evaluating the program. The program is administered by the Institute for Biomedical Informatics with oversight from the Penn Medicine Masters and Certificate Programs office.