About the Training Program
Who are we? The University of Pittsburgh Biomedical Informatics (BMI) Training Program offers outstanding training for students who want to conduct innovative research at the intersection of biomedicine and computing. Our program is recognized as one of the leading biomedical informatics training
Master’s Degree in Biomedical Informatics
Most students in the Biomedical Informatics Training Program choose to follow a general course of study:
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Doctoral Degree in Biomedical Informatics
As the first 36 credits of doctoral study in Biomedical Informatics follows the Master’s degree curriculum, doctoral work can be in a specific concentration, as determined by the student and their Biomedical Informatics advisors.
Biomedical Informatics Training Certificate Program
The Biomedical Informatics Certificate Program is a 15 credit (minimum) experience. The Certificate program will serve students with a wide variety of goals and backgrounds, including those in the Health Science Libraries' Library/Informatics Traineeship. For this reason, each certificate trainee’s program of study will be developed in collaboration with, and with the approval of, his/her biomedical informatics advisor.
The major source of funding for the Pittsburgh Biomedical Informatics Training Program is a grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) also sponsors two dental informatics trainees per year.
The information below summarizes the eligibility requirements and the stipend levels for trainees who are supported by NLM and NIDCR training grant funds.
A major strength of University of Pittsburgh Biomedical Informatics Training Program is the breadth and depth of research ongoing among the core faculty. All core faculty members stand available as potential research supervisors for trainees. Each predoctoral and postdoctoral trainee—including the self-funded—is placed in a supervised research environment at the beginning of training. This initial placement with a member of the core or affiliated faculty is based on the trainee’s interests as stated in their program application.
The tightly integrated core curriculum provides graduate students with a broad knowledge of the field and superb training in research methods. Courses build on each other to help students to quickly develop a comprehensive view of the field.