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.
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.
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.
Students interested in pursuing further studies can earn an M.S. degree in Biomedical Informatics with specializations in Health (or Clinical) Informatics, Bioinformatics, and Public Health Informatics.
The Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics Program is designed to prepare the next generation of biomedical informatics researchers who are uniquely positioned to advance research and practice in contemporary information and knowledge management
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