|Message from the Dean||Academic Calendar||Administration||Mission Statement|
|About SBMI||Application Information||Enrollment Status||Certificate and General
The School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston (SBMI), an academic component of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is the only academic program of biomedical informatics in the State of Texas and the only free-standing school of biomedical informatics in the nation. The mission of SBMI is to educate and train future scientists and professionals in biomedical informatics and health information technology, to conduct informatics research to improve healthcare and advance biomedical discovery, and to develop and use advanced informatics tools to solve practical problems in healthcare. The health informatics field has many job openings and continues to expand with careers ranging from electronic health record implementation to information governance to data analytics and more. The average salary for SBMI alumni is $88,000, with 20% making more than $150,000.
The School’s vision is to become a biomedical informatics innovator serving Texas, leading the nation, and impacting the world. The varied and talented faculty represent expertise both in the theory and practice of informatics applied to biomedical science and health care, and the pursuit of cutting edge research with a focus on translational informatics moving research from the lab to the bedside, to the community, and to the market. Students find the School's performance-based, highly interdisciplinary, team-oriented education and research programs stimulating, challenging and career enhancing.
Both the Master’s and Doctoral degree programs are offered in the unique environment of the Texas Medical Center, the most concentrated area of biomedical and healthcare expertise, knowledge and skills in the world. There are outstanding opportunities for students to be involved in informatics applied to health care and biomedical research in the many UTHealth clinical and research components and the more than fifty other healthcare related entities in the surrounding Texas Medical Center. Students interact with highly qualified and experienced faculty active in research and developing solutions for a wide array of biomedical informatics problems. Through research consortia and centers, such as the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision-Making in Healthcare, Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center for Health IT, Gulf Coast Consortia for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences, Center for Computational Biomedicine, Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, the Institute for Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases, and NASA/Johnson Space Center, students will interact with the best and brightest on the frontiers of human experience. As a Master’s degree student, the student will learn to apply the most advanced understanding of biomedical informatics and health information technology to improve biomedical discovery and the delivery of healthcare. Doctoral students will work with leading researchers in a broad array of biomedical informatics areas to create new knowledge, advance the discipline, and open up new areas such as translational informatics and big health data analytics for future generations.
Students and faculty in our programs come from numerous health professions, basic sciences, biomedical sciences, computer science, engineering, biomedical engineering, healthcare management, cognitive science, and social sciences. The “transdisciplinary” nature of the School's educational and research programs makes them unique and rewarding, and results in breakthrough discoveries. School faculty and students are involved in making groundbreaking contributions to healthcare delivery and biomedical discovery. This includes inventing and evaluating new ways to capture, store, integrate, access, display, utilize, and evaluate healthcare and biomedical data, information, and knowledge. SBMI is exploring the relationships between genomics and clinical practice, developing big health data analytics for healthcare quality and safety, developing futuristic functions and modules for electronic health records systems, discovering new functions of existing drugs and monitoring and detecting adverse events of new drugs through data mining of electronic health records and medical literature, using health data to improve healthcare management, developing mobile platforms to deliver health information to remote areas, inventing new methods and tools of social interaction to promote health prevention and public health, and. SBMI is also innovative in the use of educational research and technology, revolutionizing how to design and implement online educational and learning environments for both biomedical scientists and healthcare professionals.
If this is the kind of challenge and learning environment you are looking for, then join us and become part of the informatics leaders of tomorrow. Help us invent the future of health care and biomedical discovery.
Jiajie Zhang, PhD
|Fall Semester 2012|
|Aug 1 - Aug 25, 2012||New Student Orientation|
|Aug 27||Classes Begin|
|Dec 7||Classes End|
|Dec 10 - 13||Final Examinations|
|Spring Semester 2013|
|Dec 17 - Jan 4, 2013||New Student Orientation|
|Jan 14||Classes Begin|
|Mar 4 - 8||Spring Break|
|May 10||Classes End|
|May 13 - 14||Final Examinations|
|Summer Semester 2013|
|April 22 - May 20, 2013||New Student Orientation|
|May 20||Classes Begin|
|Aug 13||Classes End|
|Aug 14 - 15||Final Examinations|
|Fall Semester 2013|
|Aug 1 - Aug 25, 2013||New Student Orientation|
|Aug 26||Classes Begin|
|Dec 13||Classes End|
|Dec 16 - 17||Final Examinations|
|Spring Semester 2014|
|Dec 17, 2013 - Jan 10, 2014||New Student Orientation|
|Jan 13||Classes Begin|
|Mar 3 - 7||Spring Break|
|May 9||Classes End|
|May 12 - 13||Final Examinations|
|Summer Semester 2014|
|Apr 21 - May 16, 2014||New Student Orientation|
|May 19||Classes Begin|
|Aug 14||Classes End|
|Aug 15 - 18||Final Examinations|
Note: At the discretion of the Dean, the attendance of certain individuals may be required on a scheduled university holiday and on other than the usual scheduled class dates because of practicum/preceptorship requirements. Holidays will be announced in the class schedule each semester/session.
|Jiajie Zhang, PhD||Professor and Interim Dean|
|Associate Dean for Management|
|Hongbin Wang, PhD||Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs|
|Carolyn Elliot||Assistant Director of Admissions|
The mission of the UT School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston is to improve healthcare and biomedical research by developing, refining and advancing the field of Biomedical Informatics through research, curriculum development, service, and by training professionals in areas of the discipline including bioinformatics, clinical informatics, computational biomedicine, and public health informatics. This mission is consistent with UTHealth's mission as a comprehensive health science university that educates health science professionals, discovers and translates advances in the biomedical and social sciences, and models best practices in clinical care and public health.
The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston (SBMI), formerly known as the School of Health Information Sciences (SHIS), was founded in 1972 as the School of Allied Health Sciences. The school is the newest of the six UTHealth schools. UTHealth is located in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC), one of the largest medical centers in the world.
In 1992, UTHealth determined it would focus on graduate education in the health sciences. At that time, the school began to shift from traditional allied health baccalaureate programs toward the development of graduate programs to join the other professional and graduate schools in the university. In 1997, the school created the Department of Health Informatics and began to offer a Master of Science in health informatics. In 2001, the school name was changed to the School of Health Information Sciences (SHIS), which also subsumed all faculty and students in the department. The school offered a Master of Science in health informatics, a Doctor of Philosophy in health informatics and a certificate program in Health Informatics for non-degree seeking students. In 2010, the school underwent another name change. SHIS became the School of Biomedical Informatics. SBMI currently offers certificate programs in health informatics, a Master of Science in Health Informatics with two tracks: a traditional research track and an applied health informatics track, a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics and dual-degree programs with the School of Public Health.
Applications to the programs in the School of Biomedical Informatics may be submitted online.
Additional information is available by contacting the Office of the Registrar at:
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
Office of the Registrar
7000 Fannin, Suite 2250
Houston, TX 77030
Telephone: (713) 500-3388
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Specific requirements for admission to the certificate and degree programs are provided in the program section of this catalog. Subject to approval of the Dean, each program’s faculty is responsible for selecting applicants for admission.
An International Student is a student who is not a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S. All international students must contact and must be cleared by the UTHealth Office of International Affairs prior to registration. An international applicant seeking admission to SBMI must submit the following:
Waiver or alteration of any course or credit-hour requirements, other than those mandated by statute, for admission to the School or of courses offered by the School, must be based upon a review of the circumstances, a justification and review by the faculty, and final written approval by the Dean. Requirements mandated by statute will not be waived or altered.
In order to register, a student must have on file in the Office of the Registrar official transcripts and documents of all previous academic work, and meet all admission requirements.
A student who knowingly falsifies or is a party to the falsification of any official University record (including transcripts and/or application for admission) will be subject to the offer of admission being withdrawn, or disciplinary action, which may include dismissal from the University.
A student is considered officially enrolled if tuition and fees are paid by the twentieth class day of the fall and spring semesters and by the fourth class day of a summer session. Students who matriculate in the School of Biomedical Informatics fall into one of the following categories.
Students enroll each semester by using myUTH on the web. There is no on-site enrollment. Enrollment dates are announced in the online Schedule of Classes.
Certificate Admission Process
Completed applications are reviewed by the Certificate Program Coordinator(s). Recommendations for or against admission are made to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The Certificate Program Coordinator(s) advise all certificate students.
General Admission Process for Degree Programs
The School admissions committee reviews completed applications to the research-focused master’s and doctoral programs. Applicants to the Applied Master’s Program are reviewed by the program coordinator and faculty of the Applied Master’s Program who make admissions recommendations to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
The admission criteria include, but are not limited to:
Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with faculty members at the discretion of the committee. The Office of Academic Affairs will schedule personal interviews. In addition to the listed criteria, the applicant’s communication skills and understanding of the program may be evaluated based on the personal interview. Admissions decisions will be made after all interviews are completed. Completed applications with all supporting documentation must be received July 1 for fall admission, March 15 for summer admissions, and November 1 for spring admissions to the certificate and master’s program and December 1 for fall admissions to the doctoral program.
|Certificate of Health Informatics Application Deadlines|
|Fall admissions||July 1|
|Spring admissions||November 1|
|Summer admissions||March 15|
|Master of Science in Health Informatics and Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics Application Deadlines|
|Fall admissions||July 1|
|Spring admissions||November 1|
|Summer admissions||March 15|
|Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics Application Deadlines|
|Fall admissions||December 1|
Address application inquiries and personal interview inquiries to:
Office of Academic Affairs
UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston
7000 Fannin, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77030