Biomedical Informatics and Bioinformatics
What are Biomedical Informatics and Bioinformatics?
Do you like natural sciences and computers? Want to make a difference in the future well-being of humanity? The American Medical Informatics Association defines Biomedical informatics (BMI) as an interdisciplinary field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health.
Bioinformatics is an emerging, rapidly-expanding scientific discipline that addresses problems related to the collection, processing, analysis and retrieval of data on the structure and function of biological systems.
Undergraduate Program in Bioinformatics at IS&T
The Bioinformatics undergraduate degree at IS&T is one of the first of its kind in the country and has been developed jointly by faculty in the Departments of Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.
Graduate Programs in Biomedical Informatics at IS&T
For graduate studies, a student can earn a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in BMI with specializations in Health (or Clinical) Informatics, Bioinformatics, and Public Health Informatics.
Graduates from UNO’s BMI programs will be able to use their preparation to apply and investigate information and communication technologies to solve problems in the related biomedical fields in a comprehensive, competitive and effective way.
Due to a great demand for experts in biomedical informatics, the job outlook for those with appropriate training is excellent. Jobs are available as programmers and data analysts to senior level scientists and research directors; employment is available with private & public industries, research institutions, government institutions, and universities around the globe.
Example Job Titles
- Bioinformatician Analyst
- Medical Informatics Analyst
- EMR Information Systems Analyst
- Nursing Informatics Specialist
- Chief Medical Information Officer
- Scientific Curator
- Network Analyst
- Research Scientist
- Structural Analyst