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“Doctors have always recognized that every patient is unique, and doctors have always tried to tailor their treatments as best they can to individuals. You can match a blood transfusion to a blood type — that was an important discovery. What if matching a cancer cure to our genetic code was just as easy, just as standard? What if figuring out the right dose of medicine was as simple as taking our temperature?”
– President Obama, January 30, 2015

Biomedical Informatics is playing a critical role in enabling this paradigm shift in healthcare, which is leading to an ever-increasing demand for trained professionals in the field. Additionally, Our program helps to develop the necessary skills to effectively manage and analyze huge bodies of data in the life science domain (which not only includes humans, but also agriculture and veterinary medicine).

We believe the best way forward is to support collaboration between multiple disciplines, including experimental and clinical sciences as well as computational.

The mission of the doctoral program is to prepare students with the following abilities:

  • Understanding of the theory and application of biomedical informatics focused around the core areas of computer science, medicine, biology, and health care
  • Knowledge of the analysis, design, development, and implementation of current and future biomedical informatics technologies
  • Competence in conducting and managing high-quality basic and applied research
  • Solid grounding in the fundamentals of academic teaching
  • Strong foundation in multidisciplinary and emergent areas in biomedical informatics.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Informatics (BMI) is a joint program offered by UNO and UNMC. It is a multidisciplinary program designed to further our understanding of biological systems and to improve human health through state-of-the-art computational methods and IT solutions.

The program strives to educate researchers who are uniquely positioned to impact biomedical, clinical, and translational research, health care services and practices, public health, and health care delivery in general. Graduates will apply their knowledge and training to solve problems in the biomedical field in holistic and effective ways.