Master's degree in bioinformatics for health sciences


Program Description



The Master in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences Has as its objective the training of researchers and professionals in the field of Bioinformatics and Bioengineering with special emphasis on its biomedical aspect.

Therefore, it has a double orientation:

  • Academic orientation, which seeks to train researchers with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand, apply and develop new computational strategies and computer systems useful in research in Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Professional orientation, which seeks to train specialists who can be incorporated into companies working in the bioinformatics and biomedical sector, and have the necessary skills to understand and apply bioinformatics solutions in the management of the enormous amount of biomedical data generated Currently in the experimental, clinical and epidemiological fields.

Why study the degree

The Master is facing a multidisciplinary specialization, where Computer Engineering meets the different specialties of Health and Life Sciences.

Within the possible fields of specialization in Informatics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Health Sciences disciplines, the master's degree introduces a new interdisciplinary training, located at the frontier of science and Computing, by providing methodologies and solutions to new developments that have occurred in experimental methods, and which allow, among other unprecedented aspects, the generation of large datasets, as well as the growing need to analyze and design biological and biomedical systems Complex.

In the words of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, the master's mission is to prepare the students in an area that is expected to constitute a major technological innovations of this century. ("I think the biggest innovations of the 21st century will be in the intersection of biology and technology. A new era is beginning ". Steve Jobs).

This statement is shared by other top executives of companies in the field of ICT, such as Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, which is devoting a large part of its fortune to the development of technologies that can fight against diseases in the developed world, Or Paul Allen, co-founder along with Microsoft's Gates, who supports an open-source project that allows neuroscientists access to 3-dimensional functional maps of the brains of mice and humans. It does not seem accidental that these entrepreneurs, known for their visionary and successful ideas have turned their eyes towards the area of ​​Bioinformatics in the Health Sciences.

What is learned

In the first course they learn the basic contents of the other disciplines and strengthen the necessary mathematical, methodological and technological knowledge, applying them in the different areas of Bioinformatics and Informatics applied to Health Sciences.

During the second course, the completion of the final master project is the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the first year by carrying out a research project, which prioritizes the ability to formulate structured questions, to document the existing background and To plan activities to solve the research problem raised. The writing of a scientific article and the public defense of the results obtained favor the acquisition of skills in oral and written communication, as well as the capacity for synthesis and critical discussion of results.

Structure of the Study

Optional subjects to be studied according to the degree of access

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to databases
  • Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
  • Introduction to molecular biology
  • Genetics and molecular evolution
  • Genomics

Common subjects

  • Probability. Statistics and elements of biomathematics
  • Fundamentals of Bioinformatics
  • Design and management of research projects
  • Computational intelligence for high dimensional data
  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical Imaging Analysis
  • Computation of high performance in bioinformatics
  • Computational Intelligence for Bioinformatics
  • Data Structures and Algorithms for Biological Sequences

Module of Bioinformatics in Health Sciences

  • Biomechanical engineering. Sensorization and Telemedicine
  • Fundamentals of neuroscience
  • Neuroengineering and innovation in neuroscience
  • Health Information Systems

ICT Module in Bioinformatics

  • Business practice
  • Advanced medical visualization
  • Advanced Biological Sequence Processing
  • Applications and trends in bioinformatics and biomedical engineering
  • Biomedical knowledge management

Work End of Master

  • Work End of Master

Common access requirements

For this masters the following priorities are established with respect to the degrees of origin of the students:

  • Computing
  • biology
  • Chemistry and physics
  • Health Sciences

Applicants with other degrees may also be admitted after being evaluated by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will evaluate the admission of students based on the following criteria:

  • Academic record
  • Curricular adaptation to the contents of the master's degree
  • Work experience
Last updated Mar 2020

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