Training Programs


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 programs in the country, and our students pursue exciting careers in academics, industry, and government.    The mission of the BMI Training Program is to prepare trainees to become outstanding leaders in biomedical informatics research, education, and practice, through world-class training with a focus on artificial intelligence and computing methods for biomedical problems.   World-class faculty.  With 30 core faculty members from which to choose, students will find research projects in almost every area of biomedical informatics.  Many of our faculty members are established...


Master’s Degree in Biomedical Informatics Most students in the Biomedical Informatics Training Program choose to follow a general course of study: Read full description of the Master’s Degree 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. Read full description of the Doctoral Degree Master’s or Doctoral Degrees in Intelligent Systems, with Certification in Biomedical Informatics Individuals who currently hold a MS degree may choose rather to obtain a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Intelligent Systems with special certification in Biomedical Informatics. The specific requirements of The Biomedical Informatics Track of the Intelligent Systems Program (ISP) can be found on the ISP website at Applicants to this...

Non Degree

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. Read full description of the certificate program Gainful Employment Disclosure Pathology Informatics Training The Department of Pathology plays an integral role in advancing the frontiers of biomedical research, education and patient care at the University of Pittsburgh. The faculty invests substantial time and energy in the education of graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows and both academic and subspecialty pathologists. According to NIH rankings for 2004, the Department of...


The major source of funding for the Biomedical Informatics Training Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is a grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The information below summarizes the eligibility requirements and the stipend levels for trainees who are supported by the NLM training grant funds. NLM Trainee Eligibility Requirements The National Library of Medicine (NLM) requires that a funded fellow be either a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident. Pending U.S. Permanent Residency cannot be accepted nor will a letter from an immigration lawyer stating such status. NLM rules are very specific regarding who can and who cannot be funded. If you are not in possession of an I551 Resident Alien Card, we can only accept one of two other items as proof of a permanent residency status: either (1) an I485 U.S. Immigration form stating specifically that the “Notice of Action” grants approval of U.S. Permanent Residency, or (2) a Stamp #I551 on your...

Research Opportunities

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. Once a trainee’s progress in research is underway, a requested change of biomedical informatics advisor can be considered. See Faculty for information on our current core faculty, as well as links to their Web pages.


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.