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Bioinformatics


Administrative Unit:Biostatistics and Medical Informatics
College/School: School of Medicine and Public Health
Minors and Certificates:Graduate Certificate

Overview

The department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics offers a graduate certificate in bioinformatics for students simultaneously enrolled in a UW–Madison graduate degree program, and capstone certificates in bioinformatics or in fundamentals of clinical research for students not currently enrolled in a UW–Madison degree program. Capstone certificate applicants are admitted as Special students through the Division of Continuing Studies (see Capstone Certificates).

The graduate certificate in bioinformatics is intended for students currently enrolled in medical school or biological science graduate programs at UW–Madison who are interested in bioinformatics training. This program provides formal training in the use and application of bioinformatics methods to solve problems in molecular biology. The goal is to give students enough basic knowledge to continue their own research and to collaborate effectively with computer scientists specializing in bioinformatic methods. The graduate certificate in bioinformatics consists of four courses for a total of 12 credits. Three of the courses are required; one is an elective. Depending on their course and/or research load, students are given two years to complete the program.

The capstone certificate in bioinformatics is intended for UW–Madison postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff, and employees of Madison area companies working in molecular biology who are interested in bioinformatics training. The program provides formal training in the use and application of bioinformatics methods to solve problems in molecular biology. The goal is to give students enough basic knowledge to continue their own research and to collaborate effectively with computer scientists specializing in bioinformatics methods. Participation is open to applicants with at least a bachelor's degree, other than registered graduate students. Students should be able to complete the program in two years.

Admissions 

Students applying for the graduate certificate program in bioinformatics submit application materials to the Bioinformatics Admissions Committee in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics.

For more information: Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, K6/428 Clinical Science Center, 600 Highland Avenue, Box 4675, Madison, WI 53792-4675; 608-262-9184; sweeney@biostat.wisc.edu; www.biostat.wisc.edu.