What will I learn?

UIC’s PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) prepares future academicians and healthcare industry leaders. Students will join those who are advancing new ideas to enable complex decision-making and promote health information technology. Today’s decision-making is increasingly driven by data and collaborative practice. Health information technology is both productive and disruptive, and technology is in the hands of more people than ever before. Now people must overcome the usability challenges that have emerged and mine the data that technology is producing.

The program focuses on research, scholarship and interprofessionality, working in teams that include a range of professions and settings. The curriculum prepares students to solve today’s complex knowledge management issues—and ensure that these solutions are effective for the healthcare professionals who use them.

The program is structured to be delivered face-to-face, full-time, using an extensive mentorship model. It is contemporary in terms of technology-based learning, with a small number of courses delivered online or in a blended model.

Which department am I in?

College of Applied Health Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (Minimum 96 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate)

Tuition fees
US$29,684.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 February 2021

Start date

23 August 2021


College of Applied Health Sciences

808 South Wood Street,

CMET 167, MC 518,



60612, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed 4-5 year bachelor.

For international students

  • Prior Degrees Master's degree in health informatics or related field is preferred.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study and for all graduate degrees. In addition to the previous requirements, the cumulative GPA for any graduate-level course work must be at least 3.00/4.00.
  • Tests Required GRE General Test with a minimum score of 152

Minimum English Competency Test Score

  • All international students are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or PTE-Academic scores.
  • TOEFL Applicants taking the iBT Internet-based TOEFL must have a minimum score of 95, with subscores of Reading 24, Listening 22, Speaking 24, and Writing 24. Applicants taking the New paper-based TOEFL (after August 2018), must have a minimum score of 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21. If the applicant has taken the Institutional Testing paper-based TOEFL (prior to August 2018), minimum scores in the range of 585–600 will be considered; in addition, the applicant must take the Test of Written English and submit scores in the range of 5–6. OR,
  • IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores, OR,
  • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

University of Illinois at Chicago ranks No. 7 on the Best Values list by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education rankings

  • Chicago’s largest university with 30,000 students
  • Among the most diverse college campuses in the nation
  • Small class sizes for individualized attention
  • World-class research focus and facilities