Interdisciplinary Training

Interdisciplinary Training:  School of Medicine

The Department of Biomedical Informatics offers the following research elective to interested medical students:

BMI 7050: An independent research project arranged between an individual student and individual BMI faculty mentor. Proposed research should apply the scientific method and be hypothesis driven, with the expectation of a significant contribution by the student to a project suitable for co-authorship on an abstract at a national meeting or a manuscript publication. This elective provides a third or fourth-year medical student with the opportunity to learn about the various domains of biomedical informatics including clinical, public health and translational/research informatics. The student will read and discuss key informatics literature with the course director(s). The student will also attend the Department's weekly seminar and other didactics as appropriate, and undertake a research project with a faculty member in an area of interest to the student. During the course of the elective, the student will gain an understanding of the scope of informatics and an appreciation for ways in which informatics knowledge and tools may enhance his/her professional career. Summer rotations by prior approval only.
Learn more at (This is the link to the course description and registration process in the online medical student catalog.)
Research projects that fulfill the School of Medicine Scholarly Activity requirement may also be arranged upon request. (We could either provide John's contact information here or include a list of BMI faculty who are interested in working with medical students with links to their profiles/labs/contact information.)

Interdisciplinary Training: Health Services Administration (HSA)

The Health Services Administration (HSA) program is an interdepartmental masters level program that prepares students for administrative positions in policy and planning in both the public and private sectors. The HSA program requires that additional coursework be completed beyond the requirements of the biomedical informatics MS.

Upon successful completion of both sets of requirements, the student is awarded a diploma which indicates that a masters degree has been obtained in biomedical informatics, as well as masters level training in the field of health services administration.

Find more information about the HSA program and at

Interdisciplinary Training: Nursing Informatics

The Department of Biomedical Informatics has a close working relationship with the College of Nursing Informatics program. Three nursing informatics faculty are adjunct members of the biomedical informatics department and five biomedical informatics faculty are adjunct members of the College of Nursing informatics program. This cooperative relationship allows the sharing of both faculty, courses, and research opportunities.

Cooperative Training

University of Texas Brownsville/Texas Southmost College Bridges to Doctorate Program 

Overview of Biomedical Informatics