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Graduate Committee

Dr. James McClay (Chair & Graduate Program Director), Dr. Babu Guda (Bioinformatics Track Director); Dr. James Campbell, Dr. Scott Campbell, Dr. Martina Clarke, Dr. Jane Meza (or designee), Dr. Cheryl Thompson, Dr. James Turpen, Dr. Ann Fruhling (University of Nebraska - Omaha representative), and Dr. Dele Davies (Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs).  

The mission of the Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program is to develop the next generation of biomedical informaticians who will advance research and practice in contemporary information and knowledge management using innovative evidence-based approaches to improve human health.  The Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program was formally approved by the Regents of the University and the State of Nebraska in the Spring of 2013.  This program brings together experts and resources from multiple campuses including the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), the University of Nebraska - Omaha (UNO) and the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL).

This joint program involving UNMC & UNO leverages expertise across campuses to provide an educational and research program with strengths in biologic, health care and technological aspects of biomedical informatics. It is a multidisciplinary, interprofessional effort integrating the theory and practice of information technology management, computer science, decision support systems, and applied computing with clinical science, biological science, bio-imaging, and public health. 

Graduate Committee

Dr. James McClay (Chair & Graduate Program Director), Dr. Babu Guda (Bioinformatics Track Director), Dr. James Campbell, Dr. Scott Campbell, Dr. Martina Clarke, Dr. Jane Meza (or designee), Dr. Cheryl Thompson, Dr. James Turpen, Dr. Ann Fruhling (University of Nebraska - Omaha representative), and Dr. Dele Davies (Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs). 

PhD Curriculum

General Requirements

  • Completion of Coursework.
  • Completion of the Comprehensive examination.
  • Completion of a research project consistent with a PhD level of achievement.
  • Completion and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation.
  • Concurrence of the mentor and the student's Supervisory Committee. 

Coursework

Students pursuing the PhD degree in Biomedical Informatics must complete the courses listed below.  PhD students with prior education can place out of core courses.

Biomedical Sciences Core: Select (2) courses from the following
GCBA 823FUNDAMENTAL IN GENETIC2
HPRO 830FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH3
HSRA 810US HLTH CARE SYSTEMS3
PAMM 940MOLECULAR BASIS OF DISEASE3
Research & Quantitative Methods Core: Select two (2) courses from the following
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS I3
EPI 821APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY3
HPRO 807INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH3
HPRO 935RESEARCH ETHICS3
Computing Core: CSCI 8010 and one (1) additional course selected from the following
CSCI 8010 (FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
CIST 9080 (RESEARCH DIRECTIONS IN IT - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
ISQA 8050 (DATA ORGANIZATION AND STORAGE - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
CSCI 8080 (DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
CSCI 8325 (DATA STRUCTURES - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
Informatics Core: Select two (2) courses from the following
BMI 810INTRODUCTION TO BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS3
GCBA 815TOOLS AND ALGORITHMS IN BIOINFORMATICS3
ISQA 8570 (INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY AND ETHICS - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
Research Tools Core: Select four (4) courses from the following
BIOS 835DESIGN OF MEDICAL STUDIES3
CTR 901SEMINAR IN CLINICAL TRANSLATION RESEARCH GRANTSMANSHIP I2
ISQA 8160 (APPLIED DISTRIBUTION FREE STATISTICS - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
ISQA 8340 (APPLIED REGRESSION ANALYSIS - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
ISQA 9010 (FOUNDATIONS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
ISQA 9120 (APPLIED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN & ANALYSIS - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
ISQA 9130 (APPLIED MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
Electives (30 credit hours)
Each student will work with his/her Supervisory Committee to determine the appropriate graduate-level elective courses
Other Requirements
BMI 970SEMINAR - HEALTH INFORMATICS (each semester)1
BMI 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION1-9
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training

Graduate Committee

Dr. James McClay (Chair & Graduate Program Director), Dr. Babu Guda (Bioinformatics Track Director), Dr. James Campbell, Dr. Scott Campbell, Dr. Martina Clarke, Dr. Jane Meza (or designee), Dr. Cheryl Thompson, Dr. James Turpen, Dr. Ann Fruhling (University of Nebraska - Omaha representative), and Dr. Dele Davies (Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs)

MD/PhD Curriculum

General Requirements

  • Completion of Coursework.
  • Completion of the Comprehensive examination.
  • Completion of a research project consistent with a PhD level of achievement.
  • Completion and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation.
  • Concurrence of the mentor and the student's Supervisory Committee.   

Curriculum 

MD/PhD students in Biomedical Informatics must complete 18 credits of graded (not Pass/Fail) graduate-level courses. Students with prior education can place out of core courses, but will need to take an elective in that same core.  

Research & Quantitative Methods Core (6 credits)
EPI 821APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY3
BIOS 810INTRO SAS PROGRAMMING3
Computing Core (6 credits)
Typically CSCI 8010 and ISQA 8050; CSCI 8080 and CSCI 8325 if formal programming education
CSCI 8010 (FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
ISQA 8050 (DATA ORGANIZATION AND STORAGE - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
CSCI 8080 (DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
CSCI 8325 (DATA STRUCTURES - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
Informatics Core (6 credits)
BMI 810INTRODUCTION TO BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS3
GCBA 815TOOLS AND ALGORITHMS IN BIOINFORMATICS3
Other Requirements
BMI 970SEMINAR - HEALTH INFORMATICS (each semester)1
BMI 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION1-9
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training