Skip to main content

Research MS and PhD Program


The MS and PhD in Biomedical Informatics is an internationally recognized research program in which students actively engage in high quality research mentored by 60+ faculty from the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI).  As a result, our students have achieved outstanding publication records, as well as, numerous recognitions from national organizations. Candidates with prior training in the computational and biosciences are preferred. Funding opportunities include our National Library of Medicine Biomedical Informatics Training Grant and postdoctoral research fellowships, as well as the VA Post Doctoral Fellowship in Medical Informatics & Quality Improvement.

Students who enter the MS and PhD degree programs typically have a background in one of the health professions (e.g., MD, DO, RN, DDS, or a MS or PhD in a health-related area such as psychology or biostatistics) or with a background in computing, engineering, biology, or mathematics. After graduation, they pursue careers as full-time academic researchers, part-time academic researchers/part-time clinicians, scientific managers in industry, advanced scientists in industry, information managers in health care settings, and consultants or entrepreneurs.

Applications for MS and PhD programs are being accepted for Fall 2019. We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our program and contact us with your questions. You will find more information about the many resources available for Vanderbilt graduate students at the Graduate School website.

Vanderbilt Big Biomedical Data Science (BIDS) PhD Training Program

Vanderbilt University’s Big Biomedical Data Science (BIDS) Training Program will 1) provide matriculating PhD students with access to a diverse array of real big biomedical data sets, software tools, and applications at Vanderbilt (and interdisciplinary collaborations) and 2) integrate courses and faculty from across the institution to ensure that the students are well-versed in the foundational competencies of computation, statistics, and biomedical science that are necessary to achieve reproducible success in this field. The program has been formed as a new Data Science Track within the existing Vanderbilt Biomedical Informatics PhD program. For more information about this exciting new program, see the Big Biomedical Data Science link on the right.

APPLY NOW FOR FALL 2019

MD/PhD and MD/MS Program

DBMI participates in the combined MD/PhD and MD/MS programs offered at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Medical students who are enrolled or accepted to one of the combined programs can pursue an MS or PhD in Biomedical Informatics. Students must apply to and be accepted by both programs.