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Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, M.S.

Health informatics and bioinformatics involves the use of computer technology to manage and analyze information in health care 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. The medical and bioinformatics program has strong data 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?

  • One of five professional science masters (PSM) programs at Grand Valley. The demand for professionals working in all of the PSM fields is high, with income and job projections continuing to trend upward in the coming years.
  • The program is tailored toward working professionals, offering flexible class schedules with evening meetings.
  • Innovative program designed to integrate university coursework with business and health industry internships to educate informatics professionals for the future.
  • Access to a high-performance computing lab for health informatics and bioinformatics needs.
  • Qualified faculty members with a breadth of industry experience lead in the classroom and collaborate in ongoing research.

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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.

  • Face To Face


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

  • Solid conceptual foundation required for professional leadership
  • An internship
  • A culminating Capstone experience

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 GVSU.

Admission Requirements

  • U.S. students including international students with an undergraduate degree from a U.S. university must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale or a satisfactory score on the GRE or GMAT test. All international students must have a satisfactory score on the GRE or GMAT test, regardless of their undergraduate GPA.
  • Submit an official transcript from your baccalaureate degree granting institution.
  • Submit a resume detailing work experiences and accomplishments.
  • Submit a personal statement of career goals and background experiences, including an explanation of how this program will help achieve educational and professional objectives.
  • Submit written recommendations from at least two individuals who are in positions to attest to the applicant's potential for successful completion of the program.
  • Applicants must have a base of underlying knowledge relevant to graduate study in the health informatics or bioinformatics fields. This can be demonstrated by previous academic study or work experience. Consultation with a program faculty advisor is necessary to verify appropriateness of work experience as a substitute for academic preparation. Candidates without sufficient relevant background experience may satisfy any deficiency with appropriate graduate or undergraduate courses, as recommended by a faculty advisor in the program and approved by the health informatics and bioinformatics admissions committee and the program director.

For More Information

School of Computing
Health Informatics and Bioinformatics

DeVos Center for Interdisciplinary Health
[email protected]
(616) 331-6297

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office

Program Director

Guenter Tusch, Ph.D. 
(616) 331-2046


“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.”



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