48-Credit Program

The 48-credit MBI program is a full-time program completed in three semesters for students interested in applying quantitative skills and computational methods to biomedical sciences.

Students in the 48-credit program must:

  • be enrolled in program requirements for 3 full-time academic terms. 
  • be enrolled in a minimum of 14 credits per semester. 
  • not exceed 20 credits in any single semester. 

Students are required to complete 48 credits of approved coursework as follows:

Year 1

Fall Semester

BMI 701 - Foundations in Biomedical Informatics I (4 credits)
BMI 713 - Computing Skills for Biomedical Informatics (2 credits)
BMI 715 - Computational Statistics for Biomedical Sciences (2 credits)
BMI 722 - Topics in Biomedical Informatics (4 credits)
MCB 112 - Biological Data Analysis (4 credits)

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

Spring Semester

BMI 702 - Foundations in Biomedical Informatics II (4 credits)
BIOSTAT 282 - Introduction to Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (4 credits)  not running in Spring 2022. Current students should register for BIOSTAT 281 - Genomic Data Manipulation instead for Spring 2022. 
BMI 704 - Data Science for Medical Decision Making (2 credits)
BMI 706 - Data Visualization for Biomedical Applications (2 credits)
BMI 707 - Deep Learning for Biomedical Data (2 credits) 
ELECTIVE - Students complete 4 credits of an approved elective either in Spring Year 1 or Fall Year 2
BMI 751 - Capstone I (2 credits) For students matriculating in Fall 2021 and later

Year 2


BMI 703 - Precision Medicine I: Genomic Medicine (2 credits)
BMI 705 - Precision Medicine II: Integrating Clinical and Genomic Data (2 credits)
BMI 750 - Capstone (6 credits) For students who matriculated in Fall 2020 or earlier
BMI 752 - Capstone II (4 credits) For students matriculating in Fall 2021 and later
SELECTIVE - Students select 4 credits from a list of approved 'Data Science Selective' courses.
ELECTIVE - Students complete 4 credits of an approved elective either in Spring Year 1 or Fall Year 2

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 48-credit MBI Program may take a maximum of 6 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 without special permission from the program. 
  • 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