The Health Informatics and Bioinformatics program utilizes computer science technology to manage and analyze information in the life and health sciences. Grand Valley State University’s Master of Science degree in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics is designed to integrate university coursework with business and industrial internships to better prepare students for the variety of career paths associated with the life science and health science industries.

The Health Informatics and Bioinformatics M.S. program is part of Grand Rapids’ only Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree program.

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1st
GVSU Ranking as a West Michigan Talent Provider
12%
Job Growth in West Michigan by 2024
$86,840
Median Annual Wage in US

Source: EMSI, 2020


CAREER OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES

According to 2020 EMSI Data, West Michigan bioinformatics job seekers should see a 12% growth in job opportunities by 2024. Opportunities in the U.S. are projected to grow by 8%. The median annual wage for these professionals is $86,840 in the U.S. and $72,716 in MIchigan. GVSU students who graduate with a degree in health informatics and bioinformatics often hold the following job titles:

  • Biologists
  • Clinical Systems Analysts
  • Programmer Analysts
  • Bioinformaticians
  • Programmers
  • Clinical Scientists
  • Clinical Informaticists
  • Data Scientists
  • Research Analysts
  • Developmental Scientists

Source: EMSI 2020


The Skills Employers Want

The M.S. in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings in the health and bioinformatics fields:

Advanced Skills

  • R (Programming Language)
  • Biology
  • Python (Programming Language)
  • Data Management
  • Data Mining
  • Bioinformatics
  • Unix
  • Oncology
  • Data Integration
  • DNA Sequencing

Source: EMSI, 2020

Common Skills

  • Computer Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Research
  • Communications
  • Presentations
  • Data Analytics
  • Management
  • Creativity
  • Operations
  • Information Technology

Other Reasons to Study Health Informatics and Bioinformatics at GVSU

  • Innovative. An innovative program designed to integrate university coursework in the computer sciences with business and health industry internships to educate informatics professionals for the future.
  • Faculty Research Opportunities. Collaboration with faculty members on ongoing research.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities. Access to a high-performance computing laboratory for health informatics and bioinformatics needs.
  • First-rate Faculty. Qualified faculty members with a wide breadth of experience in industry and research.

Courses Offered

The Health Informatics and Bioinformatics M.S. P.S.M program is a minimum of 36 credits. The three 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

Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements for this program.

Course Offerings


Admission

The M.S. in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics P.S.M. application deadlines are July 1 for the Fall semester, November 1 for the Winter semester, and April 1 for the Spring/Summer semester. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley. Visit the online catalog to view the admission requirements for this program.

Admission Requirements


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Cost

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.

AMIA Academic Forum

GVSU's Health Informatics and Bioinformatics Program is a member of AMIA's Academic Forum. Learn more about the Academic Forum.

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