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Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BS - Biomedical Informatics Concentration

(HEGIS: 04.00 BIOLOGICAL SCI UNCLASSFD, CIP: 26.1103 Bioinformatics)

Why study Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BS - Biomedical Informatics Concentration at UB?

The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) program is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with training in the biological sciences, mathematics, and computing needed to elucidate the molecular entities that govern biological organization at all levels, from molecules to ecosystems. Students have the option to specialize in one of the three program sub-areas; Biological Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering, or Biomedical Informatics. An undergraduate concentration in Biomedical Informatics (BMI) will blend training in the biological and health sciences with the computational and data sciences to foster the development of technical skills. These skills will teach you to manage data and information with the potential to impact the future of healthcare at the patient level and the system level. Informatics is revolutionizing the health care industry and students will have the opportunity to work with electronic health records and big data to understand the complexities of health care in the twenty-first century.

Learning Outcomes

Students will develop:

  • Computational skills relevant to solving problems in bioinformatics.
  • Relevant skills in math, statistics and biology that enable success in the field of bioinformatics.
  • Analytical skills that will allow them to identify important problems in bioinformatics and to create solutions.
  • Research skills that allow them to apply their academic training to real-world problems.
  • Written and oral communication skills that are crucial to articulating research goals and reporting research results.

The Learning Environment

The Undergraduate specialization in Biomedical Informatics is a seated program that shares facilities with a variety of departments within the University and Jacobs School. Small upper-division classes are generally offered in a seminar setting which encourages discussion, the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Courses provide an opportunity for students to explore this emerging discipline that blends the health sciences with the computational sciences, fostering the solution of complex biological system questions. Students will develop technical skills that have the potential to impact the future of patient care.

About Our Facilities

As an interdisciplinary program we share labs and facilities with a variety of programs and departments within the University at Buffalo. The Biomedical Informatics Department offers a variety of robust lab environments that intersects with a broad range of biomedical and healthcare information systems.

About Our Faculty

Our faculty hold appointments in basic and clinical science departments in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Numerous faculty hold patents, teaching awards, and appointments on editorial boards associated with professional scientific organizations.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biomedical Informatics Faculty webpage for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

According to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), informatics, sometimes confused with data science, big data, health information management and data analytics, is the overarching field that pulls all of these domains into one discipline whose goal is to improve health and healthcare. By providing our students with a broad training base we anticipate that they will successfully compete for entrance into medical, nursing, dental and other advanced clinical professional training programs. Students interested in the basic sciences will be encouraged to pursue advanced training leading to the master’s and/or doctoral degree in fields such as ontology, bioinformatics, and computational biology. 

Informaticians will work to accelerate healthcare’s transformation by collecting, analyzing and applying data directly to health care decisions. Data produced at the bedside or in the lab are the driving force behind informatics’ ability to innovate critical advancements that directly benefit people.

Informaticians work as:

  • Clinical Informaticist - salary range $50,000-$104,000
  • Chief Health Informatics Officer - $196,000
  • Bioinformatics Analyst, Clinical Data Standards - $78,000
  • Chief Medical Information Officer - $196,500
  • Faculty positions at various levels - $83,000-$123,000

Academic Advising

New entering freshman should request the biomedical informatics concentration which will prompt advisement from the Jacobs School Undergraduate Education office.

Current UB Students looking to change to the biomedical informatics major should complete the change of intended major form

 The purpose of advisement is to provide students with guidance in course sequencing and selection. In-person advisement is required in your first year at the university to develop an appropriate academic plan to facilitate a timely graduation. Students are required to meet with their advisor in the first year of study and are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once a semester. In addition to assisting students in completing their degree in a timely manner, advisors also connect students to campus resources that can aid in their academic success and meeting their post graduate or professional goals.

Academic Advising Contact Information

For more information or to speak with an advisor please email the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

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Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:03:03