- The Learning
The Learning Environment
Biomedical informatics (BMI) combines information systems, data, communications and medical care. BMI offers students the opportunity to blend 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, whether at the bedside, in the C-suite, or in the lab. Instruction in BMI will provide you with the skills needed to manage data and information in a variety of settings and careers. For those interested in an academic or industrial research career, your training will give you a solid foundation for pursuing masters and doctoral level studies. Informatics is revolutionizing the health care industry, as medical institutions become compliant with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). As a result of HITECH, health care facilities are required to maintain electronic records for every patient, giving researchers, clinicians, and medical facilities access to data that has not been available before. Career opportunities in BMI are incredible!
About Our Facilities
The Department of Biomedical Informatics is located at 77 Goodell Street, Suite 540. Courses are offered in both the Department and at North Campus. Courses are offered as seated classes with a focus on interactive classroom discussion and participation by all students. Our school’s shared core instrumentation and transgenic animal facilities support research by UB faculty and investigators at our affiliated institutions. These facilities not only house state-of-the-art equipment but in many cases also provide data analysis, training and grant writing consultation.
About Our Faculty
The BMI faculty includes physicians, basic biomedical and computational scientists, and information scientists. The faculty have expertise in biomedical ontology, genomics and proteomics, gene expression, drug re-purposing, informatics in nephrology, family medicine, neurology, and pathology.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Department of Biomedical Informatics website for additional information about our faculty.
Department of Biomedical InformaticsUB Downtown Gateway Building
77 Goodell Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Peter Elkin, MD
- BMI 199SEM UB
The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.Credits: 3
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
- BMI 401LEC
Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
This course will introduce UB undergraduate students to the core theories, concepts, applications, and research being conducted in the field of biomedical informatics. The course provides an overview of the broad and diverse discipline. BMI 401 will explore the role and use of data in today¿s healthcare environment. Messaging, terminologies, and interoperability standards, with attention to taxonomies and biomedical ontologies, a unique strength at UB, also will be covered. The course will survey current information management practices in both the U.S. healthcare system, and the biomedical research enterprise to support an understanding of the collection, use, management and oversight of biomedical and health data. Local experience with attacks on data security, and threats to protected health information will serve as real world learning opportunities. BMI subspecialties such as clinical informatics, bioinformatics and translational research informatics, ontology, dental, public, population and consumer health informatics, sociotechnical and human-centered design informatics will be included in the course. Students will be exposed to and learn from UB¿s outstanding team of research scientists and technical experts. The course concludes with a brief overview of the leadership and change management issues confronting health care systems and organizations today. Processes such as system needs analysis, strategic and financial planning, implementation and governance models, evaluation methods, such as workflow analysis and usability engineering, and the effective management of interdisciplinary project teams, also will be covered.Credits: 3
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Typically Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status.
- BMI 402LEC
Biomedical Informatics: Science and Enabling Technology
BMI 402 builds further upon the general overview of biomedical informatics and its various sub-disciplines as introduced in BMI 401. It offers students a deeper insight in the most relevant theories and practical applications in the field. The first half of the course will review theoretical aspects, principles and techniques that do justice to the relationships between biomedical data and what these data are about. The second half will consist of investigating the extent to which these principles are applied in various biomedical informatics applications and what the consequences are if they are violated. The course will terminate with the various career options open to biomedical informaticists and what requirements in skills and competencies they are associated with. Students will learn how to review, for example, scientific papers, system documentation, commercial white papers and case studies about biomedical informatics applications. They will develop skills in distinguishing science from pseudo-science and objective documentation from sales pitches, report on their findings and provide solid arguments for their conclusions. They will obtain a clear understanding of what is possible in biomedical informatics today, what reliably can be expected to emerge in the forthcoming years and how they can contribute towards these developments as future professionals.Credits: 3
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Typically Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: BMI 401.
- BMI 498TUT
Biomedical Informatics Undergraduate Research
Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing project in a faculty members¿ laboratory or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. This experience provides students with an inquiry-based learning opportunity and engages them as active learners in a research setting. The prerequisite of this course is the permission of instructor. Anyone who can write programs/scripts and/or is comfortable with operating systems environments and utilizing computing tools available (or possesses the aptitude to learn quickly) can be successful in this course. Individual faculty will establish the knowledge and experience necessary prior to engaging in the research and creative activity projects specific to each student by conducting an in-person interview prior to registration.Credits: 1 - 6
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer