Accelerated MBI Curriculum

    • Full Time Program

      The full-time Accelerated MBI Program is an intensive 9-month program for students holding or pursuing a doctoral or other terminal degree. Students are required to complete 36 credits of approved coursework as follows:

      Core Foundation Requirements - 16 credits

      BMI 701 - Foundations in Biomedical Informatics I (4 credits, Fall Semester)
      BMI 713 - Computing Skills for Biomedical Sciences (2 credits, Fall Semester)
      BMI 702 - Foundations in Biomedical Informatics II (4 credits, Spring Semester)
      BMI 750 - Capstone (6 credits, Final Semester)

      Qualified students have the option to test out of BMI 713, Computing Skills for Biomedical Sciences, by completing an online assessment 1 month prior to matriculation. Students who test out of BMI 713 instead take an additional Program Elective.

      Emphasis Requirements - 14 credits

      The Accelerated MBI program has two areas that students can choose to emphasize in: Bioinformatics and Clinical Informatics. 14 credits of coursework are determined by the student’s selected emphasis area. Students may also mix and match courses between the two emphasis areas to meet their unique educational goals. Students must complete their 14 credits of emphasis requirements from the list of courses below. One of these courses must be either BMI 715 or ID 201. All selected program electives must be approved. 

      Bioinformatics Emphasis Courses

      BMI 715 - Computational Statistics for Biomedical Sciences (2 credits, Fall Semester)
      MCB 112 - Biological Data Analysis (4 credits, Fall Semester)
      BST 282 - Introduction to Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (4 credits, Spring Semester)
      ELECTIVE - Program Elective (4 credits, Fall or Spring Semester)

      Clinical Informatics Emphasis Courses

      ID 201 - Core Principles of Biostatistics and Epidemiology for Public Health Practice (6 credits, Fall Semester) 

      BMI 720 - Clinical Informatics (4 credits, Fall Semester)

      BMI 741 - Health Information Technology: From Ideation to Implementation (4 credits, Spring Semester)

      DBMI 2 Cr. Electives Requirement - 6 credits

      Students in the Accelerated MBI program complete 6 credits of coursework (3 courses) from the list of DBMI 2-credit ‘quarter courses’ below. Only the five courses listed below may be used to fulfill the DBMI 2-credit Quarter Course Elective requirement. No substitutions are permitted.

      Accelerated MBI students interested in taking BMI 703 in their first semester must have permission from the Program Director.

      BMI 703 - Precision Medicine I: Genomic Medicine (2 credits, Fall Semester)
      BMI 705 - Precision Medicine II: Integrating Clinical and Genomic Data (2 credits, Fall Semester)
      BMI 704 - Data Science for Medical Decision Making (2 credits, Spring Semester)
      BMI 706 - Data Visualization for Biomedical Applications (2 credits, Spring Semester)
      BMI 707 - Deep Learning for Biomedical Data (2 credits, Spring Semester)

      Taking Additional Courses

      In addition to the program requirements outlined above, students may take a limited number of additional courses during their time at Harvard to enhance their educational experience. Students who are enrolled in the Full-Time Accelerated MBI Program may take a maximum of 4 credits of coursework in addition to their degree requirements under the following conditions:

      • Student does not exceed 20 total HMS credits in a single semester
      • Student is making satisfactory academic progress as defined in the Master’s Student Handbook
      • Additional courses taken do not present a schedule conflict with required MBI courses