Most students in the Biomedical Informatics Training Program choose to follow a general course of study:
As the first 36 credits of doctoral study in Biomedical Informatics follows the Master’s degree curriculum, doctoral work can be in a specific concentration, as determined by the student and their Biomedical Informatics advisors.
Individuals who currently hold a MS degree may choose rather to obtain a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Intelligent Systems with special certification in Biomedical Informatics. The specific requirements of The Biomedical Informatics Track of the Intelligent Systems Program (ISP) can be found on the ISP website at http://www.isp.pitt.edu. Applicants to this program must submit application material to both the ISP Program (refer to their website's application process) and to the Department of Biomedical Informatics (see How to Apply on this website.)
The graduate program in Intelligent Systems serves as a center at the University of Pittsburgh for advanced education and research in artificial intelligence. This highly respected program offers concentrations in specific areas such as diagnosis, knowledge representation, machine learning, intelligent tutoring, natural language generation, planning, case-based reasoning, and problem solving. There are strong working connections to researchers in multiple departments. The important role of research and training in medical applications is recognized through this special Biomedical Informatics Track within the program. The track offers a specialized curriculum, and the advising structure draws more heavily on the medical faculty. The ISP is an interdisciplinary, degree-granting program of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Faculty in ISP are cross-appointed from other departments and include many of the Pittsburgh Biomedical Informatics Training Program Core Faculty.
Note: Although a formal Biomedical Informatics Track exists only in the Intelligent Systems Program, the Department of Biomedical Informatics has associations with many departments/programs within the University of Pittsburgh. Students pursuing degrees in other departments and who also want training in biomedical informatics, should apply to the Biomedical Informatics Certificate Program. Upon completion of biomedical informatics training, a student will receive a Certificate in Biomedical Informatics. Training in both programs the degree program and the Biomedical Informatics Training Program -- would run concurrently, and such a student should be prepared to fulfill all of the requirements of both his/her degree program and the Biomedical Informatics Training Program concurrently.
Students accepted into the MD/PhD Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine may choose to complete their PhD training in the Biomedical Informatics Program.