At WMed, the Program in Biomedical Informatics has as its mission, the development of advanced training opportunities in the appropriate utilization of healthcare technology in the multiple areas that constitute Biomedical Informatics (BMI), including Clinical Informatics, Public Health Informatics, Consumer Health Informatics, Translational Bioinformatics and Clinical Research Informatics.
Biomedical Informatics is an interdisciplinary field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health. The field operates at all levels of biomedical investigation from molecules (Bioinformatics) to populations (Public Health Informatics). The field of Bioinformatics is continuously evolving. The current domains of study include: bioinformatics, translational informatics, imaging informatics, research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer informatics and public health (or population) informatics.
Programs are currently under development at WMed to provide graduate programs in all areas of Biomedical Informatics. A one-year Graduate Certificate in Applied Clinical Informatics and a Master’s degree in Clinical Informatics for practicing clinicians will be offered beginning in fall 2017. The Biomedical Informatics program also offers lectures and conferences in Informatics to the community related to topical subjects of interest.
For physicians who are seeking to become board certified in Clinical Informatics, a fellowship in Clinical Informatics is under development, to be offered beginning in the fall of 2018.