Become a part of the only school in the country devoted exclusively to graduate-level programs in health informatics. Our faculty will give you the skills needed to succeed in this growing field that brings together engineering, computer and biological sciences. The work done here will help define the future of health care. Researchers will have better tools to advance treatments and cures, doctors will have better diagnostics and ways to access information and patients will have better access to personalized care.
Let Us Introduce Ourselves
Hello y'all! We are the School of Biomedical Informatics, located in the Texas Medical Center. We offer a graduate level education in health informatics and we just felt the need to briefly introduce ourselves.
> Graduate programs
Students in the certificate or master’s programs can be enrolled part time or full time and can choose to complete the degrees online or in person (with the exception of the Applied Health Informatics program, which is only offered online). Students enrolled in the PhD program must be local, full-time students. Many students choose to start out with one of the graduate-level certificates to get some exposure to health informatics before deciding to commit to a complete degree. Each certificate consists of five courses (15 credit hours). All certificate courses transfer to the corresponding master’s degree.
> How to apply
Potential student can view the program roadmaps for step-by-step instructions of the admission process. The steps within each roadmap will ensure the student has successfully completed all of the paperwork and is ready to begin taking classes.
If you have any questions regarding the admission process, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 713.500.3591 or SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu.
The deadline to apply for the Spring 2014 semester for potential certificate and master’s students is November 15th. Potential students interested in the PhD program have until December 1st to apply to the school to be considered for Fall 2014 admission.
|Certificate & Non-Degree||July 15||November 15||March 15|
|Certificate Public Health Informatics||July 15||November 15||March 15|
|Master's||July 15||November 15||March 15|
> What is health informatics?
Health informatics is an evolving discipline that combines computer science and communication technologies with biological and cognitive sciences to address today’s health care problems through data management, analysis and transmission.
What is Informatics?
In an interview with Chuck Conconi on Focus Washington, Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD, former president and former CEO of AMIA, the association for informatics professionals answers the question "What is Informatics?" and discusses the importance of Informatics in the health care industry.
What is Biomedical Informatics?
John Frenzel, MD, MS, Chief Medical Information Officer at MD Anderson, discusses how advances in biomedical informatics will drive the future of health care. Compared to the rest of our culture, medicine is behind in technology utilization, but those in biomedical informatics are working to progress technology in health care.
Chief Information Officer
> Career opportunities in health informatics
Student completing a degree in health informatics have a great variety of career opportunities. The type of informatics job that an individual can perform is, to some extent, dependent on his or her background.
People with clinical backgrounds (e.g., medicine or nursing) are more likely to utilize their expertise for their informatics work in roles such as a chief medical officer or a nursing information officer. People who do not have health care backgrounds are more likely to work in the wide variety of other jobs that are widely available.