Bioinformatics is an exciting and rapidly-growing field that uses techniques from the computer and information sciences to study biological information and structure. Specifically, it is the science of developing computer databases and algorithms to facilitate and expedite biological research, particularly in the area of genomics. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary science, bringing together aspects of computer science, molecular biology, chemistry and mathematics. In order to capitalize on the growing body of genetic information, there is an immense and growing need for experts in this field.
|University General Education courses
(19 hours of which can be satisfied by courses also required by the degree in the areas below)
|College of IS&T Core courses||24|
The vision of this program is to develop the next generation of biomedical specialists who are uniquely positioned to advance research and practice in contemporary information and knowledge management that impact biomedical, clinical and translational research, healthcare services, healthcare practice, public health care, and healthcare delivery in general. Graduates 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.
|Elective core courses||6|
The mission of the PhD program is to prepare students with the following abilities:
- Understand the theory and application of biomedical informatics focused around the core areas of computer science, medicine, biology, and healthcare
- Knowledge of the analysis, design, development, and implementation of current and future biomedical informatics systems & technologies
- Competence in conducting and managing high quality, basic and applied research in the BMI domain
- Solid grounding in the fundamentals of academic teaching
- Strong foundation in multidisciplinary and emergent areas in biomedical informatics
|Major field of study||18|
Bioinformatics is a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field focused on collecting, processing, and analyzing vast amounts of biological and biomedical data and has become an indispensable component of biomedical research. The Minor in Bioinformatics offers an opportunity for students majoring in other disciplines to acquire the foundations of the field and add in-demand skills to their portfolio.