GAANN Fellowships: Biomedical and Health Informatics

Get a Fellowship and a Ph.D. from One of the Nation’s Elite Research Institutions

Receive a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship and get your doctorate in Biomedical and Health Informatics from UWM, which recently earned the highest rating for a research institution from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the gold standard for assessment. Only two percent of the universities in the U.S. have achieved this elite status.

Meeting a National Need

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s College of Engineering & Applied Science has been awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Education for eight GAANN Fellowships for doctoral students in its Biomedical and Health Informatics program — identified as a current area of national concern.

Increasing amounts of electronic health data and growing numbers of people who might need care present opportunities and challenges for improving care, while ensuring that cost does not become a barrier. By training Ph.Ds. in the field of Biomedical and Health Informatics, UWM will be helping to meet this national need and help the U.S. maintain its technological leadership in health care.

What is a GAANN Fellowship?

GAANN Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents admitted to UWM in the fields of biomedical engineering, including biomedical and health informatics. GAANN Fellowships provide full tuition, a 12-month stipend, health insurance, a mentored teaching load — typically one semester per year — and are renewable for up to five years. Supplemental funding from UWM provides conference travel, among other expenses.

Our Program

UWM’s doctoral program in Biomedical and Health Informatics is a cutting-edge academic program where innovations in healthcare delivery, clinical decision-making and biomedical research intersect. Our faculty are experts in business, engineering, health sciences, information studies, medicine, nursing and public health, in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Our curriculum is highly interdisciplinary. All students achieve general proficiency in human pathophysiology, medical informatics, databases and medical ethics and specialize in one of these six areas:

  • Knowledge-based Systems
  • Health Services Management and Policy
  • Health Information Systems
  • Medical Imaging and Instrumentation
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Translational Bioinformatics

You can apply to the Biomedical and Health Informatics Ph.D. program online here.

Learn more about about the Biomedical and Health informatics Ph.D. program.

How it Works

To complete UWM’s Biomedical and Health Informatics doctoral program you must be a full-time student and earn:

  • 60 graduate credits beyond a bachelor’s degree
  • 13-15 credits in core areas
  • 35-36 credits in a specialized track
  • 12 credits of doctoral thesis

To qualify for admission, a master’s degree in a related field is recommended.

You also need:

  • Two letters of reference
  • Official GRE, GMAT or MCAT scores less than five years old

Apply for Your GAANN Fellowship Now

If you are a traditional student in engineering, business, nursing, health sciences or information studies looking to broaden your area of study, we encourage you to apply. If you are a non-traditional student wishing to advance or diversify your career, we encourage you to apply too.

Send Your Request for a GAANN Application to:

Dr. Susan McRoy, Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Chair, Biomedical and Health Informatics Ph.D. Program Steering Committee

College of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee