Program Information

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OHSU's Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program offers degrees at the graduate certificate, master's and PhD level. Two majors are offered to allow students to specialize in their area of interest: Health and Clinical Informatics and Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

There is growing overlap among the two tracks, and they have several courses and electives in common; however, students are expected to select one of the tracks as their primary focus.

The following lists degree offerings for each major, and whether they are available on-campus and/or online.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biomedicine
MS-Thesis - On Campus
MS-Non-Thesis - On Campus
PhD - On Campus

Health and Clinical Informatics
Graduate Certificate - Online
MS-Thesis - On Campus
MS-Non-Thesis - On Campus and Online
PhD - On Campus

Majors

Bioinformatics and Computational Biomedicine

Translational bioinformatics is defined as the development of analytic, storage, and interpretive methods to optimize the transformation of the increasingly voluminous genetic, genomic, and biological data into diagnostics and therapeutics for medicine. With recognition that a key component of this translation is computational biology, the underlying algorithmic and quantitative framework, we have created the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology track. 

Active areas of study include clinical and functional genomics, text mining and information retrieval, imaging, systems biology and computational neuroscience. Courses are delivered on-campus

Health and Clinical Informatics

Health and clinical informatics focuses on the use of information to improve personal health, healthcare delivery, and population health. Applications focus on electronic health records, telemedicine, information retrieval (search) systems, and mobile technologies. Methods applied include standards and interoperability, data and text mining, qualitative research, human-computer interaction, and data analytics. 

The curriculum focuses on both their operational as well as research aspects. Courses are delivered both on-campus and via distance learning.

Academic calendar

For important dates regarding registration and academic terms, please see the OHSU academic calendar.