UT Health Science Center at Houston

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Why Biomedical Informatics?

The health care industry has been turned upside down by the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, technological advancement did not stop during the pandemic – a large part of it received a boost because of the pandemic. Over the past two years, Artificial Intelligence applications have been developed and utilized at a much higher speed and at a much larger scale to help improve and transform how medical care is provided.

At the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI), we educate students on how to collect, process, and convert data—ranging from molecules to populations—into actionable information, knowledge, and intelligence. We take pride in being the only stand-alone informatics program in the nation dedicated to educating current and future leaders, innovators, and problem solvers across Texas, the nation, and the world.

SBMI faculty and students represent a wide array of health professions (e.g., medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, etc.), as well as the fields of computer science and engineering, mathematics and statistics, clinical informatics and bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, the biomedical sciences, healthcare management, cognitive science, and the law. The diverse background of our faculty and students, coupled with the transdisciplinary nature of the school’s education and research programs, creates a uniquely rich and rewarding collaborative environment that lays the groundwork for innovation and seminal discoveries.

Join the health care revolution at SBMI and earn one of six graduate certificates, a Master of Science degree, a PhD in Biomedical Informatics, or be one of the first to earn a Doctorate in Health Informatics from the only school in the nation to offer the advanced, practice degree. We also offer dual degree MD/MS programs with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and with UTRGV Medical School and a MS/MPH with UT School of Public Health. With both online and in-person options, our programs are flexible, providing you exciting career opportunities at an extraordinary value.

Students can select one of three concentrations for their studies. The Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Concentration focuses on AI and data-driven solutions for improving patient care, disease prevention, and biomedical discovery. The Clinical and Health Informatics Concentration focuses on the optimal use of information through technology to improve health care, individual and population health, and biomedical and clinical research. The Bioinformatics and Systems Medicine Concentration focuses on the integration of biology, statistics, mathematics, and computational modeling to help researchers and clinicians understand biological data and link them to imaging and clinical data to benefit patients.

Visit here to learn more about this fascinating field, explore informatics employment opportunities, or register for an upcoming SBMI informational webinar.


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