Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


Program description:

With the development of molecular biology, the sequencing of the human genome and the improvement of imaging technology in recent decades, the field of biomedicine now relies heavily on computing and information science and technology. Biomedical Informatics has become an essential part of the knowledge and skill sets necessary in the professions of medicine, health care, the biotechnology industry, government, and the financial sectors specializing in biomedical science and technology.

This 15 credit Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Informatics consists of the following four courses (or equivalent with the approval of advisor) plus a practicum: 
  • BISC 6525; Biostatistics
  • BISC 7745; Molecular Biology
  • CISC 6500; Bioinformatics
  • CISC 6700; Medical Informatics
  • CISC or BISC 8050 or 8999; Project and Internship in Biomedical Informatics (either semester)
The courses taken for the graduate certificate can also be counted towards graduate degrees in Biology Science or in Computer Science. Please see Biological Sciences or Computer and Information Science Graduate Director or the GSAS website for more information about application to this program.

Course descriptions:

BISC 6525 Introductory Biostatistics (3) Principles and applications of statistical methods for biologists with an emphasis on the creation of sampling design and hypothesis testing.

BISC 7745 Molecular Biology (4)
Principles of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The study of nucleic acid structure and the mechanistic and regulatory aspects of DNA replication, recombination, transcription, RNA processing, and protein synthesis. Experimental approaches, including recombinant DNA methods, will be examined in detail. Prerequisite: BISC 6734.

CISC 6500 Bioinformatics (3) This course studies the relation of (interaction between) molecular biology and information science and the impact and applications of combinatorics, computing, and informatics on the biomedical sciences and clinical processes. Topics include: DNA sequence and alignment, database searching and data analysis, phylogenetic analysis and evolution, genomic and proteomics, structure and function, gene regulatory networks and metabolic pathways, microarray technology, and gene expression algorithms.

CISC 6700 Medical Informatics (3)This course will cover the development and evaluation of methods for managing medical data and the integration of diverse and multifaceted hardware and software systems to provide enhanced value in medicine and healthcare. Informatics is not only embraced for imaging and diagnosis but also for clinical practice, decision making, quality and safety, and clinical research. 

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