The research master Biomedical Informatics is accredited by ARACIS.
Biomedical Informatics is a multidisciplinary field that is concerned with the study and application of computer science, and information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the practice of biomedical science, biological research, and healthcare. It is focused on the acquisition, representation, organization, storage, retrieval, and application of biomedical knowledge and information to improve patient care, medical education, and health sciences research.
Areas of application of Biomedical Informatics include:
- clinical care: designing clinical information systems and electronic health records;
- biology: systems biology, structural biology, and virology;
- public health: designing systems to promote and protect the health of communities, improving public health systems, and deploying information technology ;
- translational research: biological and clinical knowledge integration and multidisciplinary science promotion.
The Master programme in Biomedical Informatics (MBMI) at UPB is a 24-month-long complementary programme which aims at training students in biology- and medicine-applied informatics with a strong theoretical base and practical competencies that can be made full use of both in health and industry.
The focus of this master’s degree programme lies at the interface between pure and applied scientific research, with a strong emphasis upon the interaction between insight, innovation and development on the one hand and practical applications on the other.
Bioinformatics, imaging informatics, clinical informatics, and public health informatics, are domains within biomedical informatics. Bioinformatics focuses on methods for relevant to basic biology. Imaging informatics focuses on methods that retrieve, analyze, enhance, and exchange information that is contained within medical images. Clinical informatics focuses on methods relevant to patient care. Public health informatics focuses on methods relevant to entire health systems. All domains within biomedical informatics are well represented in the MBMI programme.
The MBMI programme is also about e-health, that is the application of the information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the healthcare to improve the access, efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of clinical and business processes that healthcare organizations, practitioners, patients, and consumers use for improving the health status of patients. Core applications of e-health include electronic health record systems, management of information in healthcare organizations, care consumer health informatics, telemedicine systems, health information infrastructure, public health surveillance systems, clinical trial systems, research data management, patient-care systems for both inpatient and outpatient settings, imaging systems, electronic pharmacy and dispensing systems, information retrieval and digital libraries, and tools and techniques that are used in bioinformatics for acquisition, storage and use of genomic, metabolic and proteomic data.
The programme is primarily designed to meet the educational needs of two types of students – the healthcare professional seeking additional training in information management and technology and the non-health care professional, information professionals including, seeking training in health information and technology.
The Biomedical Informatics Master Programme gives students an education in the fundamental areas of both computer science and life sciences. The required coursework spans several domains: biology, healthcare, computer science, mathematics, and organizational behavior and management with a preponderance of information technology. As biomedical informaticians, the graduates stand apart from other informaticians because of their medical knowledge and understanding of the specific role and significance of information in the complex world of healthcare and biology.
Individuals with a variety of backgrounds are provided a strong technical grounding in medical informatics, health and medicine, computer science, and research methods so that they may assume positions that require a thorough understanding of both information technology and the healthcare environment.
The goal of the curriculum is to produce graduates capable of assuming appropriate jobs in biomedical informatics in industry, health, and academia. This qualification reflects the broad insight the students have gained into problems in medical information domain and proves they possess unique expertise which is of great value in the labor market. Graduates of this programme will have knowledge, skills, and credentials needed for a rapidly growing market.
Programme completion will provide for a wide range of career opportunities as managers, clinical informaticians, analysts, scientists, researchers and educators in various health care settings including: hospitals and healthcare facilities, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, insurance and private and governmental agencies, and colleges of medical professions in all that which must utilize modern information technologies. With the necessary academic preparation and informatics experience potential highly specialized career paths for the qualified biomedical informatician include: chief information officers (CIOs), scientists and directors of research, managers of hospital and laboratory information systems:
Selection, synthesis, and evaluation of information science theories, models and methods play an important role in the biomedical informatician’s activity. She/He is an expert in information analysis, representation, system design, implementation, and evaluation rather than in developing the advanced software products which underlie information systems.
Students should have operational knowledge of the human body in health and disease as well as the organization of the healthcare system. They should be able to apply:
- bioinformatics algorithms and statistical methods to research problems;
- knowledge of biology – especially its genetics, histological, or disease aspects – to biomedicine and computational biology problems;
- statistical analyses of biomedicine problems;
- principles of biomedical informatics to problems in different domains of health and biomedicine;
- computer science principles to problems in health and biomedicine;
- principles of organizational behavior and management skills to biomedical informatics problems;
- statistics and quantitative or qualitative research methods to evaluative research projects.
Prospective student profile
Applicants for admission to the Master Programme in Biomedical Informatics are expected to have good proficiency in English.
Applicants must hold a bachelors degree from an accredited institution in Romania or another country with a major in any domain of exact sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry, and informatics), health, biological, engineering, or economic sciences.
In addition, applicants are expected to have basic proficiency in any programming language, database concepts, and elementary calculus. Applicants lacking such proficiency are advised to take a bridge course at UPB-FILS namely: Programming Languages or its equivalent. This course provides an overview of all the essential and technical concepts of computing, data structure, and communications needed to understand the techniques, processes, and applications outlined in the biomedical informatics curriculum.
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