Educational Programs

The Master of Biomedical Informatics (MBMI) program seeks to provide state-of-the-art graduate-level educational and training opportunities in biomedical informatics (BMI), adhering to the best practices as established by national competency standards, to create the next generation of biomedical informatics and practitioners.

Our program’s objectives are drawn from the key competencies identified by the American Medical Informatics Association’s 2017 guidelines, which identify the skills and knowledge that informatics practitioners need to set themselves apart in a rapidly developing field. By graduation, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the applicable information science and technology concepts, methods, and tools, which may be dependent upon the application area of the training program, to solve health informatics problems.
  2. Identify and draw on the social, behavioral, legal, psychological, management, cognitive, and economic theories, methods, and models applicable to health informatics to design, implement, and evaluate health informatics solutions.
  3. Identify possible biomedical and health information science and technology methods and tools for solving a specific biomedical and health information problem. Design a solution to a biomedical or health information problem by applying computational and systems thinking, information science, and technology.
  4. Define and discuss the scope of practice and roles of different health professionals and stakeholders including patients, as well as the principles of team science and team dynamics to solve complex health and health information problems.

For further details about the program, visit the MBMI program site or ontact Meg Tanjutco.

The IBI Certificate in Biomedical Informatics is a four-course sequence for non-informatics professionals designed to build the informatics community at Penn and to train informatics-literate clinicians and researchers who will have a broad understanding of the field of biomedical informatics.

This certificate is unique among Philadelphia-area programs in that its curriculum covers general biomedical informatics, clinical informatics, and clinical research informatics.

Students in the Certificate in Biomedical Informatics Program can expect to obtain a working knowledge of biomedical informatics, its history, the current landscape, and future directions of the field. The four courses in this program also form the core of the Master of Biomedical Informatics (MBMI) program, so certificate students can expect to interact with a variety of students with diverse interests in informatics.

Certificate students who wish to expand their biomedical informatics skills in a degree program may apply to the MBMI program and, if accepted, may transfer credit from the certificate program to meet the requirements of the Master’s program. Contact Meg Tanjutco for details about this process.