Current Medical Fellows

The Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics recognizes the value of this training for those participating in graduate medical fellowships, and has crafted a special admission process for those currently enrolled in a graduate medical fellowship in the United States.

Admission Process

Applicants for admission who are currently participating in a graduate medical fellowship and have passed United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step II – Clinical Skills must submit the following to the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics

Application Deadlines

SPRING SEMESTER ADMISSION

October 1 – International applicants
November 1 – U.S. citizens or permanent residents

For more information about the admissions requirements or process, please contact the School of Medicine Office of Admissions at medicine@umkc.edu or 816-235-1870.

Campus Visit Options

Bioinformatics: Departmental Q&A

Join us on Monday, August 10th at 3:00 p.m. for a virtual Q&A to learn more about our programs. Please register here.

At this online Q&A event, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet our DBHI faculty and learn about their research
  • Identify potential career paths and research areas
  • Get advice in light of the current job market and trends
  • Learn how UMKC’s GCCR, MSB, and IPhD programs provide a competitive edge

Can’t attend? You can access the recording of our last event online.

Biomed Grad School Fair

Future dates to be announced.

Academic Advisor Meetings

To request a meeting, contact the Office of Admissions, and we would be happy to assist.


For more information on visit options or the programs offered in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, please contact the UMKC School of Medicine Office of Admissions at 816-235-1870 or medicine@umkc.edu.

Costs, Financial Aid & Scholarships

It is important to take into consideration the cost of your graduate education and your individual financial needs. Financial planning for the Graduate Certificate program should include estimated tuition and fees, supply costs and living expenses.

Graduate Certificate Program Estimated Education Fees, 2020-2021

The estimated annual educational fees for 2019-2020 provide estimated financial costs to assist you in planning. These estimated expenses are subject to change without notice.

Semester Expense Estimate
Fall/Spring

Resident Tuition

Metro Rate Tuition*

Non-Resident Tuition

$406.70 (per credit hour)

$406.70 (per credit hour)

$643.40 (per credit hour)

*Graduate, non-professional students who are legal residents of Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Shawnee, or Wyandotte counties in Kansas will be assessed educational fees equivalent to those of a Missouri resident (the “in-state” rate). Metro Rate is contingent on meeting Residency rules established by the Office of Admissions.

Contact the Admissions Office for more information:

Phone: 816-235-8652 (UMKC)
E-mail: metrorate@umkc.edu
www.umkc.edu/metrorate

All numbers above are approximate and do not include additional university and program fees or any living expenses. For exact tuition and fee figures, please see the Cashiers Office Website.

Financial Aid

The UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships can assist with providing additional information regarding financial aid programs, including federal and state grant and loan programs. In addition, the UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships can offer you more information on the types of expenses you can expect, as well as the type of assistance that might be available to you.

In general, students interested in merit or need-based financial aid may be eligible for various loans, grants and/or other financial aid programs. To be considered for such programs, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available through the UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

          The priority date for filing the FAFSA is February 1.

For additional financial aid information, contact:

UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
University of Missouri-Kansas City
101 Administrative Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2449
Phone: 816-235-1154
Web site: www.finaid.umkc.edu

Admissions Timeline

In light of COVID-19 restrictions that may impact standardized testing and other application requirements, the Office of Admissions is willing to work with current and prospective applicants to ensure consideration for the Fall 2020 semester.

Fall Semester Admission:

July 15: Priority Deadline – International Applicants

The UMKC Application for International Student Admission is due by this date.  All supporting documents must also be submitted by this date (this includes transcripts, test scores, goal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation). Applications that become complete late will be reviewed on a space-available basis, and incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

August 15: Priority Deadline – U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents

The UMKC General Application for Admission is due by this date. All supporting documents must also be submitted by this date (this includes transcripts, test scores, goal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation). Applications that become complete late will be reviewed on a space-available basis, and incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Ongoing: Offers of Admission are Extended

Applicants offered admission will be emailed the admissions decision. All decisions of the admissions committee are final.

August: Classes Begin

Students who have been offered admission for the fall semester and who have accepted the offer of admission will matriculate to the School of Medicine Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research program in August.

Spring Semester Admission:

December 15: Priority Deadline – International Applicants

The UMKC Application for International Student Admission is due by this date.  All supporting documents must also be submitted by this date (this includes transcripts, test scores, goal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation). Applications that become complete late will be reviewed on a space-available basis, and incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

January 15: Priority Deadline – U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents

The UMKC General Application for Admission is due by this date.  All supporting documents must also be submitted by this date (this includes transcripts, test scores, goal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation). Applications that become complete late will be reviewed on a space-available basis, and incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Ongoing: Offers of Admission are Extended

Applicants offered admission will be emailed the admissions decision. All decisions of the admissions committee are final.

January: Classes Begin

Students who have been offered admission for the spring semester and who have accepted the offer of admission will matriculate to the School of Medicine Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research program in January.

Admissions Requirements

In light of COVID-19 restrictions that may impact standardized testing and other application requirements, the Office of Admissions is willing to work with current and prospective applicants to ensure consideration for the Fall 2020 semester.

The requirements for admission are governed by the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics. An admissions committee within the department is composed of faculty and administrators who review complete applications and make all final admission decisions.

Applicants offered admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research may begin coursework in either the fall or spring semester.

Required Coursework
  • Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research must have earned, or will soon earn, a baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited college or university.
Recommended Coursework
  • It is preferred that baccalaureate degrees be in a scientific discipline, or that the applicant holds a health-related professional degree.
  • It is preferred that applicants have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
TOEFL or IELTS Score (International Applicants Only)
  • The TOEFL exam or IELTS exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English.
    • More information on which countries are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS can be found here.
  • TOEFL Scores: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based exam), 213 (computer-based exam) or 79 (Internet-based exam) is required.
    • UMKC TOEFL electronic code: 6872
  • IELTS Scores: A minimum score of 6.0 is required for graduate level study at UMKC.
    • IELTS scores should be sent to:

UMKC International Student Affairs
Student Success Center, G-04
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO  64110

  • Applicants who are currently participating in or have successfully completed a graduate medical residency or fellowship and have passed USMLE Step II – Clinical Skills are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

*For applicants interested in working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section of the TOEFL is required.

Advising

The Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics strongly recommends that prospective students communicate with a faculty advisor prior to applying for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research. Please contact the Office of Admissions, and we would be happy to connect you with a program advisor.

Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research curriculum includes 15 credit hours of required coursework. The program consists of five core courses (3 credit hours each) from the Master of Science in Bioinformatics Clinical Research Emphasis curriculum. The courses are:

MEDB 5501 – Biostatistics I

Introduction to statistical concepts and analytic methods as applied to health science. Course includes lectures and hands on computer laboratory.
Prerequisites: An advanced math course (i.e., Calculus, statistics).

MEDB 5510 – Clinical Research Methodology

Introduction to clinical research methodologies, conducts, and applications. Course provides overview of use of clinical epidemiology and bionformatics in health care.

MEDB 5511 – Principles & Applications of Epidemiology

This course will provide an introductory overview of the principles of epidemiology and illustrate applications in specialized topic areas. Course lectures will introduce measures of effect used to study disease in human populations, epidemiological study designs, concepts of causal inference, and threats to study validity. Specialized lectures will demonstrate the application of these concepts in select health and disease conditions.

MEDB 5512 – Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials explores the knowledge and skills required to conduct clinical trials, and implications of clinical trials on practice in medicine and allied health.

MEDB 5513 – Overview of Health Services Research

Provides an overview of the U.S. health care and public health systems including issues about cost, access, and quality of health care. This course focuses on the role of research and information in the process of redesigning of health care delivery in the U.S. for the purpose of improving the value of health services.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Bioinformatics MS or Certificate in Clinical Research Program.

Applying for Admission

In light of COVID-19 restrictions that may impact standardized testing and other application requirements, the Office of Admissions is willing to work with current and prospective applicants to ensure consideration for the Fall 2020 semester.

Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research within the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics must submit all applications and application materials by the appropriate deadline in order to be considered for admission. Applications that become complete after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis through rolling admissions. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Application Priority Deadlines

Fall semester:  U.S. citizens or permanent residents – August 15

Fall semester:  International applicants – July 15

Spring semester:  U.S. citizens or permanent residents – January 15

Spring semester:  International applicants – December 15

Students applying to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research program must submit the following:

*The TOEFL exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants who are currently participating in or have successfully completed a graduate medical residency or fellowship and have passed USMLE Step II – Clinical Skills are not required to submit a TOEFL, and a minimum score of 550 (paper-based exam), 213 (computer-based exam) or 79 (Internet-based exam) is required.

Application Process

Step 1: UMKC General Application for Admission

U.S. citizens and permanent residents must complete the UMKC General Application for Admission. Please follow the instructions provided on the application.

International applicants should review the International Student Affairs Office application and application instructions.

The following will be submitted online with the UMKC General Application:

One-Page Goal Statement

All applicants must submit a one-page goal statement explaining their interest in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research.

Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required from individuals such as professors, advisors, administrators or employers who can speak to your academic ability and other personal characteristics. Family members and/or friends of the family should not provide letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are considered confidential material at the UMKC School of Medicine; information provided in letters of recommendation will not be shared with the applicant.

When completing the School of Medicine Online Supplemental Application, a student will need to list the names and email addresses of those providing letters of recommendation. After entering the information for each person providing the letter of recommendation, a student will need to click “Send Email Request” in order for the person providing the letter of recommendation to receive instructions for submitting the letter of recommendation electronically. Once the Online Supplemental Application has been submitted, no changes or additions to the Online Supplemental Application, including the reference section, may be made.

If recommendations are submitted with the general application for admission by mail, the student is still required to submit the names and email addresses of those providing letters of recommendation within the Online Supplemental Application. The submitted letters may then be uploaded by the UMKC School of Medicine Office of Admissions.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

All applicants must submit a current CV or Resume. The CV or Resume should minimally include your current address, employment history, and prior education.

Step 2: Transcripts & Test Scores

All applicants are required to submit official college/university transcripts to the university. Transcripts may be sent to:

Office of Admissions
University of Missouri – Kansas City
Office of Admissions – Processing
5115 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

International applicants should submit transcripts to:

University of Missouri-Kansas City
International Student Affairs Office
Student Success Center
5000 Holmes Road, G-04
Kansas City, MO 64110

TOEFL scores are required for international applicants only and should be submitted electronically by identifying UMKC as a score recipient. The UMKC TOEFL code is also 6872.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

The Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the UMKC School of Medicine offers a Graduate Certificate Program in Clinical Research. The graduate certificate program is comprised of the core courses offered in the Master of Science in Bioinformatics Clinical Research Curriculum. It is a valuable credential for health care professionals (e.g., junior faculty, clinical fellows, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, clinical research coordinators) who want in-depth exposure to essential tools needed to advance their research career, but who are unable to devote the requisite time to a full master degree program.