Biomedical Informatics, M.S.

Master of Science in 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 informatics in academic, clinical, and organizational settings.

 

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Kiran Bastola, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 173A

402-554-4899

dkbastola@unomaha.edu


Ms. Leslie Planos, Advisor

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 168A

402-554-3819

lplanos@unomaha.edu


Ms. Brenda Painter, Advisor

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 168

402-554-3819

bpainter@unomaha.edu


Program website:

http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-information-science-and-technology/school-of-interdisciplinary-informatics/biomedical-informatics/ms-bmi.php

 

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 1

Program-Specific Requirements:

  1. Complete and submit the Graduate Application for Admission form.
    1. Graduate Application can be found at: http://www.unomaha.edu/graduate
  2. Submit a detailed resume indicating your work experience and background.
  3. Submit a writing sample from work or previous academic experiences. Alternatively, if you do not have a writing sample, please submit a two-page, double-spaced, word-processed essay that addresses the following two topics:
    1. Discussion of two accomplishments that demonstrate your potential for success in the graduate program.
    2. Discussion of your unique personal qualities and life experiences that distinguish you from other applicants to our graduate program.
  4. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation from references who are able to give an in-depth evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses with respect to academic work, and who are competent to judge your probability of success in graduate school. 
  5. Send official transcripts of all college coursework. The minimum undergraduate grade point average requirement for the MS in BMI program is 3.00 or equivalent score on a 4.00 scale. All applicants must have the equivalent of a four-year undergraduate degree.
  6. GRE or GMAT entrance exams are required for those without a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an English-speaking institution of higher education in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, English-speaking Africa, Australia, Ireland, or New Zealand.
    1. Verbal: 146
    2. Quantitative: 154
  7. TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exams are required for those without a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an English-speaking institution of higher education in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, English-speaking Africa, Australia, Ireland, or New Zealand.
    1. Paper-based TOEFL: 550
    2. Computer-based TOEFL: 213
    3. Internet-based TOEFL: 80
    4. IELTS: 6.5
    5. PTE: 53
  8. Interview (optional): Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange for an interview either one or more members of the Graduate Program Committee by directly contacting the committee chair. Telephone interviews are highly recommended for applicants outside the local area.

 

Admission Criteria

All applicants are considered on an individual basis. All applicants for the MS in BMI program must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited, four-year institution of higher learning or the equivalent foreign institution and earned a GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Since many factors influence the success of a graduate student, an applicant’s maturity, motivation, employment history, writing samples, work experience and other accomplishments will also be considered in making admission decisions. In addition, for international applicants, TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores will be used along with other factors outlined above to make an admission recommendation.

Degree Requirements

Foundation Requirements-Health Informatics Track

Foundation courses ensure that all students in the MS BMI program have a strong foundation on which to build the rest of the program. These courses not only provide essential prerequisite knowledge and skills for subsequent classes in the program, but they also contain a distinct body of knowledge that is an important part of the BMI professional’s education. All foundation courses are required for all students. However, students who have obtained an undergraduate IA degree will typically already have this foundation. In such a case, most, if not all, foundation courses are waived. Students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines, including Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or Engineering, will usually require one or more foundation courses. Occasionally, a student’s work experience may be sufficient to waive one or more of the foundation courses.

Waivers for foundation courses are granted by the chair of the Graduate Program Committee upon the recommendation of the faculty member who is responsible for an individual course. Students requesting a waiver for a particular course should be prepared to meet with a faculty member and answer questions in the area of the course. They should bring to the meeting any relevant transcripts, course syllabi, course material, or evidence of practical experience. Some foundation courses may have an option for testing out.

Applicants should have background in anatomy, physiology, cell biology or equivalent (any health science degree). Students with degrees in other disciplines will usually have to take foundation courses.

Foundation courses cannot be used to satisfy the 36 semester hours required for the MS in Biomedical Informatics degree. Students who have not completed all the foundation course requirements may be admitted on a provisional status until those requirements have been completed. All foundation courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the first six (6) hours of MS in BMI graduate coursework.

BIOL 2140Genetics

4 credits

BIOL 2740Human Physiology and Anatomy I

4 credits

BIOL 2840Human Physiology and Anatomy II

4 credits

BIOL 3020Molecular Biology of the Cell

3 credits

CIST 2500Introduction to Applied Statistics for IS&T

3 credits

Foundation Requirements-Bioinformatics Track

Foundation courses ensure that all students in the MS BMI program have a strong foundation on which to build the rest of the program. These courses not only provide essential prerequisite knowledge and skills for subsequent classes in the program, but they also contain a distinct body of knowledge that is an important part of the BMI professional’s education. All foundation courses are required for all students. However, students who have obtained an undergraduate IA degree will typically already have this foundation. In such a case, most, if not all, foundation courses are waived. Students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines, including Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or Engineering, will usually require one or more foundation courses. Occasionally, a student’s work experience may be sufficient to waive one or more of the foundation courses.

Waivers for foundation courses are granted by the chair of the Graduate Program Committee upon the recommendation of the faculty member who is responsible for an individual course. Students requesting a waiver for a particular course should be prepared to meet with a faculty member and answer questions in the area of the course. They should bring to the meeting any relevant transcripts, course syllabi, course material, or evidence of practical experience. Some foundation courses may have an option for testing out.

Applicants should have background in programming languages, data structures & algorithms, statistics, math or experimental methods (any engineering, computer science related degree). Students with degrees in other disciplines will usually have to take foundation courses.

Foundation courses cannot be used to satisfy the 36 semester hours required for the MS in Biomedical Informatics degree. Students who have not completed all the foundation course requirements may be admitted on a provisional status until those requirements have been completed. All foundation courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the first six (6) hours of MS in BMI graduate coursework

CIST 1400Introduction to Computer Programming

3 credits

CIST 2500Introduction to Applied Statistics for IS&T

3 credits

CSCI 1620Introduction to Computer Science II

3 credits

CSCI 8325/CSCI 3320Data Structures

3 credits

ISQA 8040An Overview of Systems Development

3 credits

Core Courses (12 hours):

BMI 8100Introduction to Biomedical Informatics

3 credits

BMI 8300Public Health Genomics

3 credits

ISQA 8060Research in MIS

3 credits

ISQA 8156/ISQA 4150Advanced Statistical Methods for IS&T

3 credits

Elective Core Courses (6 hours):

BMI 8866/BIOI 4860/BIOI 8866Bioinformatics Algorithms

3 credits

CSCI 8010Foundations of Computer Science

3 credits

CSCI 8050/MATH 8050Algorithm Graph Theory

3 credits

CSCI 8156/MATH 8156/CSCI 4150/MATH 4150Graph Theory & Applications

3 credits

CSCI 8456/CSCI 4450Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

3 credits

ISQA 8106/ISQA 4100Information Systems Architecture and Organization

3 credits

ISQA 8220Advanced Systems Analysis and Design

3 credits

ISQA 8410Database Management

3 credits

Research Electives (6 hours):

ISQA 8160Applied Distribution Free Statistics

3 credits

ISQA 8340Applied Regression Analysis

3 credits

ISQA 9120Applied Experimental Design and Analysis

3 credits

Bioinformatics Track Electives (6 hours):

BIOL 8136/BIOL 4130Molecular Genetics

4 credits

BMI 8080Seminar in Biomedical Informatics

1 - 3 credits

BMI 8505Advanced Bioinformatics Programming

3 credits

BMI 8850Biomedicine for the Nonmedical Professional

3 credits

BMI 8896Genetic Sequence Analysis

3 credits

BMI 8900Independent Research in Biomedical Informatics

1 - 3 credits

CSCI 8340Data Base Management Systems II

3 credits

CSCI 8876Database Search and Pattern Discovery in Bioinformatics

3 credits

PA 8740Health Care Policy

3 credits

Health Informatics Track Electives (6 hours):

BMI 8080Seminar in Biomedical Informatics

1 - 3 credits

BMI 8900Independent Research in Biomedical Informatics

1 - 3 credits

ISQA 8196/ISQA 4190Process Reengineering with Information Technology

3 credits

ISQA 8400Clinical Systems Architecture and Function

3 credits

ISQA 8500Readings in Clinical Informatics

3 credits

ISQA 8736/ISQA 4730Decision Support Systems

3 credits

ISQA 8810Information Technology Project Fundamentals

3 credits

PA 8470Administrative Ethics and Leadership

3 credits

Additional Electives: Non-Thesis only (6 hours):

Select six (6) graduate hours in consultation with your advisor.

Exit Requirements:

If the thesis option is selected, a total of six (6) hours are required for graduation. 
BMI 8990Thesis in Biomedical Informatics

1 - 6 credits

or

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination must be taken in the final semester of study.  

All thesis candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms, and the final approval and submission of the thesis.  This committee will be responsible for planning and supervising the student's thesis in coordination with the the BMI Graduate Program Chair (GPC).

Total Credit Hours: 36

A Supervisory Committee shall be formally established for each student upon completion of at least nine (9) hours of coursework or one year (which ever comes first) in the MS program.  This committee will have responsible for planning and supervising the student's thesis in coordination with the campus-based BMI Graduate Program Committee.