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2013.03.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Amanda Rucker - College of Information Science & Technology
phone: 402.554.2070

UNO, UNMC Biomedical Informatics Degrees Receive Final Approval

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) announced today final approval of a joint Master’s of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in biomedical informatics with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) by the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE).

The approval officially opens the program to students.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the joint program in January as a response to the need for specialists who can use biomedical data to conduct research that will improve people’s health and wellbeing.

“We are extremely excited about the possibilities we can offer students and the medical industry with this new program,” Hesham Ali, dean of College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T). “The uniqueness of this program will extend upon current efforts in this area, giving our graduates the ability to effectively solve problems in biomedical fields.”

The multidisciplinary BMI program is unique in its joining together of the Bioinformatics program from UNO College of IS&T and the UNMC Health Informatics Program, which utilizes faculty from the College of Medicine and College of Nursing. Marrying these two programs provides students with a broad-based background with opportunities to specialize.

“We need professionals who are uniquely positioned to help analyze and interpret the massive amounts of new information being generated in research, clinical and health care services and delivery, and to use their knowledge to solve problems in the biomedical field” said Dele Davies, M.D., UNMC vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean for graduate studies, in a release announcing approval of the program in January.

Davies added that since Nebraska is home to many technology-related businesses and organizations, it is anticipated that students would be able to partner with many of these companies and organizations in Omaha and Lincoln.

The new program will be available starting Fall 2013. The program will be structured to allow students to either graduate with a MS in BMI with a specific area of concentration or continue on to pursue the degree of PhD in BMI. Students interested in obtaining an MS in BMI will complete their degree requirements with a minimum of 36 credit hours. Prior credit may be used towards waving some of the requirements for the MS and PhD in BMI degrees at the recommendation of the Supervisory Committee.

For questions about the program, please contact Amanda Rucker, communications specialist for the College of IS&T, at 402.554.2070.

The College of Information Science and Technology (CIST) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha represents the joint efforts of the University of Nebraska, the State of Nebraska, and private industry to address the growing global needs for knowledgeable professionals in Information Technology (IT). The College was established at UNO in 1996 to meet the growing demand for IT graduates in the Omaha metropolitan and surrounding area.

CCPE is a state constitutional agency that serves as an independent voice within Nebraska’s higher education system. It serves to promote sound policies that apply to the best interests of taxpayers, students and Nebraska’s postsecondary institutions. For more information, visit www.ccpe.state.ne.us.

Through world-class research and patient care, UNMC generates breakthroughs that make life better for people throughout Nebraska and beyond. Its education programs train more health professionals than any other institution in the state. Learn more at www.unmc.edu.

* NOTE: On Friday, March 15, the Board of Regents will also consider a new dual degree program between UNO’s Master’s of Business Administration and UNMC’s Master’s of Public Health. The department and degrees in Educational Administration and Supervision will be renamed Educational Leadership *

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