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Application for Fall 2022

The Biomedical Informatics Degree Program is actively recruiting for predoctoral and postdoctoral positions for Fall 2022 admission. The application completion deadline is  January 1, 2022. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please send an email to Toni Porterfield at or call 412-648-9203.  The deadline for Fall 2021 postdoctoral scholar/researcher admission is March 1, 2022.

All individuals applying to the Biomedical Informatics Degree Program must use the following procedures for preparing and submitting an application.

Application Fee - $50 application fee required. Please pay by credit card, check or money order made out to the University of Pittsburgh and mail to the address found below. If the fee is prohibitive, we may be able to waiver the application fee.  Please contact Toni Porterfield at

Your application must include the following:

Personal Statement -  Please indicate the basis of your interest in graduate study. The Personal Statement is required to address four items: 

(a)  A brief summary of your background in all relevant fields, to include at least medicine and computer science. Although it is not necessary that an applicant have backgrounds in medicine or computer science, it helps the admissions committee to determine any prerequisites that you might be required to take before or shortly thereafter being accepted into the program.  It is highly encouraged that applicants have some computer programming knowledge in C, C++ and/or JAVA language before entering the program.  Describe your research experiences and any hypotheses and results that were generated in your experimental work. Provide dates, research advisors, and project titles.

(b)  A statement of your educational goals and how they would be advanced through participation in the training program.

(c)  A statement of your career objectives, both short and long term. When preparing the short-term portion of your statement, please be specific regarding any projects you may have in mind that could contribute to the success of your biomedical informatics training.

(d) A statement of your writing ability.  Indicate how well you perceive your writing ability to be at this time.  State how you will improve on your current writing ability to meet the requirements of rigorous research-based technical papers.

Academic Documents - Transcripts - Please note that documents submitted to the University of Pittsburgh become the property of the University and cannot be returned to the applicant under any circumstances. 

Domestic Applicants - Official academic records from all institutions attended are required.

Foreign Applicants  - All academic documents from foreign institutions must be official. Official documents are defined as original academic records issued by the institution attended that bear the actual (not photocopied) signature of the registrar or appropriate official and the seal of the issuing institution. These documents must be for each year of university-level study. If your university or college issues the academic documents in a language other than English, you must submit the certified copy of the original documents in the ORIGINAL LANGUAGE PLUS A CERTIFIED ENGLISH TRANSLATION. Do not submit a translation only. All translations must be complete and literal translations of the original records. Records issued only once by institutions should be photocopied and certified as official copies either by the school officials or legal authorities. Do not send the original of an academic document that cannot be replaced. You must obtain a properly certified photocopy. A certified photocopy of the original diploma/certificate of graduation must also be submitted. If your university or college issues the diploma/certificate of graduation in a language other than English, you must submit the certified photocopy of the original document in the ORIGINAL LANGUAGE PLUS A CERTIFIED ENGLISH TRANSLATION. Do not submit a translation only. All translations must be complete and literal translations of the original records.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores - GRE scores is not required for our Pittsburgh Biomedical Informatics Program.

TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo -  Applicants who are citizens of countries where English is not the official language (and the Province of Quebec in Canada) are required to submit evidence of English language proficiency by submitting the official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  A minimum result of 100 iBT or 250 computer on the TOEFL or a minimum result of Band 7.0 on the IELTS or a 120 or higher Duolingo score is required for admission to the program.  Only officially reported results are accepted (which means that scores must be less than two years old); photocopies of results are not accepted.  A waive, if requested, may be considered if an applicant submits the ECFMG (English Certificate for Foreign Medical Graduates) Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree or a higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States may request a waive from submitting English language proficiency test results, as requests will be considered in some cases. To submit TOEFL scores, use Institution Code 2927. 

Note: Individuals applying to the Biomedical Informatics Track of the Intelligent Systems Program must also submit an application to the ISP (in addition to submitting an application to the Biomedical Informatics Degree Program.) Refer to the ISP website at See also note below.

Deadlines - All materials listed above must be received by January 1, 2022 for Fall 2022 predoctoral admission consideration and March 1, 2022 for Fall 2022 postdoctoral scholar/researcher admission consideration.

Applications received after that date can be considered, contingent upon the availability of unallocated trainee positions.

Mailing Address - for academic transcript

(Postal and Express Mailing e.g., UPS, Federal Express, DHL, U.S. Post Overnight Handling)
Biomedical Informatics Training Program
Department of Biomedical Informatics
University of Pittsburgh
The Offices at Baum
5607 Baum Blvd, Suite 415
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Use our telephone: 412-648-9203 on all express mail packages

Contact Information

Training Program
Toni Porterfield
Training Program Coordinator
Phone: 412-648-9203

Note that there is also an application fee required for the Intelligent Systems Program application and there is also a specific application form, as noted on their Web site. Acceptance to the Biomedical Informatics Track of the ISP requires a separate submission to and acceptance from the Center for Biomedical Informatics in addition to a separate submission to and acceptance from the Intelligent Systems Program.

ISP program application:
University of Pittsburgh
Intelligent Systems Program
Room 5113, Sennott Square
210 S. Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-5755