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Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, M.S.

The use of computer technology to manage and analyze information in healthcare and the life sciences.

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Program Overview

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in health informatics and bioinformatics is a Professional Science Masters (PSM) program developed in parallel with the biostatistics, data science and analytics, and cell and molecular biology programs.

The medical and bioinformatics program has strong analytics, teamwork, business, communication, project management, and ethics components, and includes an intensive health or life science internship.

Why Study Health Informatics and Bioinformatics at Grand Valley?

  • Innovative program designed to integrate university coursework with business and health industry internships to educate informatics professionals for the future.
  • Collaboration with faculty members on ongoing research.
  • Access to a high-performance computing laboratory for health informatics and bioinformatics needs.
  • Qualified faculty members with a wide breadth of experience in industry and research.

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For More Information

School of Computing and Information Systems Health Informatics and Bioinformatics
C-2-100 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-8643

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is July 1; winter is November 1; and spring/summer is April 1. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit

Location & Format

Graduate students in this major study at the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus and the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

Format: Face To Face


The four PSM degree programs are interdisciplinary and feature common core courses. The health informatics and bioinformatics program features:

  • Directed courses in health informatics and bioinformatics
  • An internship
  • A culminating capstone experience

Career Options

Health informatics and bioinformatics prepares students for careers in:

  • Hospital systems and other healthcare providers
  • Health information technology system vendors
  • Life sciences and pharmaceutical companies
  • Government and non-governmental agencies
  • Research institutes

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“Health and bioinformatics professionals are in growing demand. They need competencies in computer science, healthcare, biology, and statistics. Today's professionals have the unique opportunity of making best use of the large amount of data that is collected for healthcare and biological research.”