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Certificates of Biomedical Informatics
2021-2022 Student Handbook

Program Description and Goals Admission to the Biomedical Informatics Certificate Programs Application Deadlines Curriculum for the Biomedical Informatics Certificate Program
Curriculum for Applied Biomedical Informatics Certificate Program Curriculum for Joint Certificate in Public Health Informatics Program Curriculum for Health Data Science Certificate Program Curriculum for Pharmacy Informatics Certificate Program

Program Description and Goals

SBMI offers various Graduate Certificates designed for self-motivated professionals working in the health care and information technology fields. A certificate requires the student to complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours.

The certificates provide professionals with an increased understanding of the opportunities and challenges involved in technology integration into health care. They will be able to participate in designing, planning, implementing and evaluating new software and hardware solutions at their institutions.

SBMI is experienced in providing education to working professionals. The certificate programs are designed to provide quality education to professionals on their schedule as courses can be completed online.

Upon satisfactory completion of the 15-semester credit hours, students will be awarded a certificate of completion from UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics.

Please note: F-1 sponsorship is not available for non-degree seeking programs, including certificate programs.

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Admission to the Biomedical Informatics Certificate Programs

The admission process to the certificate programs is designed to get the professional working applicant into the program by meeting minimal requirements.

The applicant should present a completed application and official documentation of the following:

  1. Official transcript with the minimum of a baccalaureate or higher degree awarded.
  2. Statement of Intent
  3. A resume or curriculum vitae (as appropriate)
  4. One letter of reference from an educator or employer
  5. Students with international college transcripts must submit a course-by-course evaluation report by either World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators.
  6. Additional requirement for Joint Certificate in Public Health Informatics applicants: two-page, double-spaced Goal Statement.

Application deadlines:

Fall admission - July 1
Spring admission - November 1
Summer admission - March 1

The coursework completed as a Certificate Student is at the graduate level. A transcript showing graduate credits may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

The semester credit hours earned in the certificate programs may be transferable into the corresponding degree-seeking program. No grade lower than a “B” will be accepted to transfer into master’s or doctoral programs.

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Curriculum for Biomedical Informatics Certificate Program

The Biomedical Informatics Certificate Program offers the following curriculum with completion of 15 semester credit hours.

The Biomedical Informatics Certificate Program offers two different options. Option 1 is a set of five predetermined courses with an emphasis in Clinical Informatics.

BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics (3 credit hours)
BMI 5310 Foundations of Biomedical Information Sciences I (3 credit hours)
BMI 5313 Foundations of Electronic Health Records and Clinical Information Systems (3 credit hours)
BMI 5360 Clinical Decision Support Systems (3 credit hours)
BMI 6340 Health Information Visualization & Visual Analytics (3 credit hours)

BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics must be taken in the first semester. The other four courses can be taken in any order.

Option 2 is BMI 5300, Introduction to Biomedical Informatics and the student’s choice (with advice from a certificate program advisor) of four courses selected from the course concentration listing. This option allows professionals to customize their studies to meet their background and needs.

A maximum of three credit hours of Directed Study can be applied toward the Biomedical Informatics Certificate program.

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Curriculum for Applied Biomedical Informatics Certificate Program

The Applied Biomedical Informatics Certificate Program offers the following curriculum with completion of 15 semester credit hours.

The Applied Biomedical Informatics Certificate Program offers two different options. Option 1 is a set of five predetermined courses with an emphasis in Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics (3 credit hours)
BMI 5301 The U.S. Healthcare System (3 credit hours)
BMI 5305 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Informatics (3 credit hours)
BMI 5313 Foundations of Electronic Health Records and Clinical Information Systems (3 credit hours)
BMI 5328 Systems Analysis and Project Management (3 credit hours)

BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics must be taken in the first semester. The other four courses can be taken in any order.

Option 2 is BMI 5300, Introduction to Biomedical Informatics and the student’s choice (with advice from a certificate program advisor) of four courses selected from the Applied Masters course offerings. This option allows professionals to customize their studies to meet their background and needs.

A maximum of three credit hours of Directed Study can be applied toward the Applied Biomedical Informatics Certificate program.

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Curriculum for Joint Certificate in Public Health Informatics Program

The Public Health Informatics Certificate Program is offered in conjunction with The University of Texas School of Public Health and offers the following curriculum with completion of 16 semester credit hours:

BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics (3 credit hours)
BMI 5380 Principles and Foundation of Public Health Informatics (3 credit hours)
PHM 2612 Epidemiology I (3 credit hours)
PHM 1690 Introduction to Biostatistics in Public Health (4 credit hours)

The fifth course is the student’s choice of one of the following courses (Minimum of 3 credit hours):

BMI 5313 Foundations of Electronic Health Records and Clinical Information Systems (3 credit hours)
BMI 5381 Methods in Public Health Informatics (3 credit hours)
BMI 5382 Synthesis Project of Public Health Informatics (3 credit hours)
PHM 1110 Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3 credit hours)
PHM 2110 Public Health Ecology & the Human Environment (3 credit hours)
PHM 3715 Management and Policy Concepts in Public Health (3 credit hours)

PHM 1690 Introduction to Biostatistics in Public Health, PHM 2612 Epidemiology I or BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics must be taken in the first semester.

Courses that are accepted at SBMI through the joint certificate program can only be transferred in if the grade earned in the course is a “B” or higher. Courses for which grades of less than “B” were earned will not be accepted for transfer.

Each student will develop a degree plan with written approval of their academic advisor. A signed degree plan (https://sbmi.uth.edu/current-students/curriculum/) will be filed that includes the required and/or elective courses as specified for their certificate program.

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Curriculum for Health Data Science Certificate Program

The Health Data Science Certificate Program offers the following curriculum with completion of 15 semester credit hours.

BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics (3 credit hours)
BMI 5007 Methods in Health Data Science (3 credit hours)
BMI 5304 Advanced Database Concepts in Biomedical Informatics (3 credit hours)
BMI 5353 Biomedical Informatics Data Analysis (3 credit hours)
BMI 6340 Health Information Visualization & Visual Analytics (3 credit hours)
BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics must be taken in the first semester. The other four courses can be taken in any order based on individual course requirements.

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Curriculum for Pharmacy Informatics Certificate Program

The Pharmacy Informatics Certificate Program offers the following curriculum with completion of 15 semester credit hours.

BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics (3 credit hours)
BMI 5390 Methods in Pharmacy Informatics (3 credit hours)
BMI 5391 Synthesis Project in Pharmacy Informatics (3 credit hours)

The remaining 6 hours will be the student’s choice of two of the following courses (Minimum of 6 credit hours):

BMI 5328 Systems Analysis and Project Management (3 credit hours)
BMI 6316 Change Management in Health Informatics (3 credit hours)
BMI 6340 Health Information Visualization and Visual Analytics (3 credit hours)

BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics must be taken in the first semester. The other four courses can be taken in any order based on individual course requirements.

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For Certificate Program Information, contact:

School of Biomedical Informatics
Office of Academic Affairs
7000 Fannin Street Suite 600
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-3591
SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu

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