The Vanderbilt DBMI Training Program is uniquely positioned to prepare future leaders in the field with a comprehensive understanding gained through a strong foundation in the principles and theory of biomedical informatics, and participation in mentored scientific research and large-scale applied informatics development and implementation projects. The research-focused MS and PhD in Biomedical Informatics provide an in-depth experience with cutting-edge research through collaboration on research projects within the Department of Biomedical Informatics and with the diverse faculty of Vanderbilt's basic, clinical, and engineering sciences departments. New for Fall 2016 is the Big Biomedical Data Science (BIDS) Program, a Data Science track within the PhD program.Vanderbilt DBMI’s new MS in Applied Clinical Informatics (MSACI) is designed to develop leaders who are prepared to advance the science and practice of clinical informatics. Vanderbilt’s ACGME-accredited Fellowship Program in Clinical Informatics is a two-year program with both didactic (MSACI) and rotational training. This two-year fellowship is open to physicians who are ABMS board certified or board eligible in a primary specialty (e.g., Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology) upon starting the fellowship. We also continue to offer research-intensive non-degree postdoctoral fellowships and short-term research experiences.


Applications for all programs are being accepted for 2018. We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our programs and contact us with your questions.


DBMI has offered NLM- and VA-funded research MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Informatics since 2012. These degree programs include a core curriculum of courses in biomedical informatics and the foundation disciplines of computer science, biomedicine, and research methodology. MS & PhD students pursue concentrated study in one of two application domains, broadly defined, clinical informatics, translational bioinformatics; and two additional concentrations in development, clinical research informatics and biomedical data science.


In 2016 we are launching an MS in Applied Clinical Informatics (distance learning for the working professional) and an ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship. Our new MSACI will provide innovative CI education for working professionals in the health care field with graduates assuming leadership roles in the application and innovation of clinical informatics nationally. This program is the didactic training component for Clinical Informatics Fellows. Faculty-mentored practicum experiences with our Health IT operational teams will be critical to all CI trainees’ development as clinical informatics practitioners who improve patient care through the application of informatics tools.


The uniquely rich and nurturing environment for informatics at Vanderbilt is a result of the shared vision of the senior leadership of the institution for more than 20 years, that effective management of data, information and knowledge will be the competitive advantage for the university and its medical center in the current century. In this unique setting for education in biomedical informatics, our graduates have excelled in developing new knowledge that advances informatics as a scientific discipline.

A Research Colloquium was implemented in Fall 2017 and is held weekly on Thursday at noon. This forum allows faculty the opportunity to provide in depth descriptions of their ongoing work to recruit student mentees and inform potential faculty collaborators. Students are able to use the reserved time for their thesis and doctoral defenses. Additionally, students may rehearse presentations for upcoming conferences. (Research Colloquium Schedule)

Vanderbilt's student body represents a level of diversity rarely found in academic medical centers. Through the creation of an alliance between Vanderbilt Medical School and Meharry Medical School, the university has a large population of underrepresented minorities. Prominent among the many resources to support diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt, is the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) that exists to increase the number of PhDs awarded to graduate students in biomedical research who are underrepresented in medicine. The Department of Biomedical Informatics welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. 

Our department welcomes applicants from all cultural backgrounds.