MS-BMI Program Description
Associate Dean for Scientific Computing
Associate Professor, Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Jason Shapiro, MA, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
The Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics will empower graduates to accelerate biomedical scientific discovery and healthcare translation through teaching and applying informatics approaches and methods. The Mount Sinai program will offer a unique, practical approach focused on tackling biomedical questions with relevant computational and data analytic skills. Our goal is to train individuals with Computer Science and/or Bioscience backgrounds to be immediately productive in biomedical research and clinical teams by teaching practical computational and data science skills. The program has been designed to interact with academic, non-profit and industrial partners to enable students to get real-life experience to accelerate job search and placement.
Our program is a unique blend of practical computational and data analytic skills applied to real-life biomedical challenges. We endeavor to recruit a mix of students with computer science, engineering, and biomedical backgrounds by offering a dual program track that will provide a basic foundation in both computer science and biomedical science for all students.
The program offers a dual track customized for students with backgrounds in computer science or the biological sciences. The first year is comprised of biological sciences courses for computer scientists and computing courses for biological science majors. The second year allows students to concentrate in one of five areas of expertise: (1) genetics and genomic sciences, (2) structural and chemical biology, (3) systems biology, (4) clinical and translational informatics, or (5) design, technology and entrepreneurship. The program consists of 45 credits including 10 credits for a capstone project in a research or clinical field at Mount Sinai or at an industrial partner.
Our diverse mix of students, each with his or her own problem-solving techniques and domain expertise, will benefit from this interdisciplinary environment. Through its capstone project, our program makes students valuable to health care employers, by pairing students with clinicians or researchers at Mount Sinai or with one of our industry partners.
The ability to transform raw data into actionable knowledge is one of the most exciting, powerful, and sought-after skills today.