Biomedical Informatics

School of Interdisciplinary Informatics, College of Information Science & Technology

Vision Statement:

The vision of this program is to develop the next generation of biomedical specialists who are uniquely positioned to advance research and practice in contemporary information and knowledge management that impact biomedical, clinical and translational research, healthcare services, healthcare practice, public health care, and healthcare delivery in general.  Graduates will be able to use their preparation to apply and investigate information and communication technologies to solve problems in the related biomedical fields in a comprehensive, competitive and effective way. 

The program is designed as a research-oriented program with the goals of preparing graduate students to conduct advanced basic and applied research while capably serving as prospective employees in academic research as well as the IT healthcare industry The program is geared towards motivated traditional students and technology specialists with the appropriate educational background that are ready to expand their knowledge of contemporary Biomedical Informatics issues and become biomedical informaticians in academic, clinical, and organizational settings. 

The Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics (BMI) program is a joint program offered at UNO and UNMC.

 

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Dhundy (Kiran) Bastola, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

College of Information Science & Technology, PKI 173A

402-554-4899 dkbastola@unomaha.edu

 

Ms. Carla Frakes, Advisor

College of Information Science & Technology, 176C

402-554-2073 cfrakes@unomaha.edu

 

Program website:  http://Si2.ist.unomaha.edu

 

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: April 1

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nuture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 for the written TOEFL
    • 173 for the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 for the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
    • Minimum GPA of at least a 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to the proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • International applicants who do not have a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an English-speaking institution of higher education in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, English-speaking Africa, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit English competency scores meeting one of the following standards.
    • 550 on the written TOEFL
    • 213 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 79 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 6.5 on the IELTS
    • 53 on the PTE
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • From three references, who are able to give an in-depth evaluation of the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses with respect to academic work, and who are competent to judge the applicant’s probable success in graduate school.
  • For the health informatics track: applicants should have background in anatomy, physiology, cell biology or equivalent (any health science degree). Students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines will usually have to take foundation courses. Occasionally, a student's work experience may be sufficient to waive one or more foundation courses.

  • For the bioinformatics track: applicants should have background in programming languages, data structures & algorithms, statistics, math or experimental methods (any engineering, computer science related degree). Students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines will usually have to take  foundation courses. Occasionally, a student's work experience may be sufficient to waive one or more foundation courses.