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Medical Informatics


Medical informatics programs prepare people to apply information science to medicine. This program is sometimes called health informatics.

These programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges offer associate degree programs in medical informatics. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study to complete. An associate degree prepares students to work as an assistant in medical informatics.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs in medical informatics. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in medical informatics. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Your bachelor's degree should be in either a health care related field such as biology or in an information science field such as a computer science. Either way, you should supplement the course work for your major with courses in the other field.

You should show strong technical skills. This means that you should show familiarity with computer programming, calculus, statistics, and testing hypotheses.

In addition, many programs require you to have a professional degree in a health-related area such as medicine or nursing, or in an information technology field such as library science.

The tests that you need good scores on may include:

Programs also require letters of recommendation and in many cases, a personal interview.

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

The program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Course work varies among programs and degree types.

Graduate Program Courses

If you're in a program that leads to a master's or doctoral degree, the curriculum typically includes:

Things to Know

Medical informatics is based on an up-to-date understanding of both health care and information science issues. Because of this, research is a primary part of this program of study.


King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Northeastern University - Seattle

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Statewide and Distance Learning

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Tacoma Area

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Puyallup