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Department of Biomedical Informatics and Data Science

The Department of Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (DBIDS) is training future informaticians at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral level, through informatics focused degree programs and courses.

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Department faculty teach a variety of graduate and undergraduate informatics (INFO) courses each semester offering students the opportunity to learn across the spectrum of biomedical informatics. The department contributes to the roster of informatics degree programs available at UAB. These programs are listed below. 

Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics

This program is the first B.S. in Bioinformatics in the state of Alabama, and is a collaboration between the Department of Biology and the Department of Computer Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Genetics and the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Data Science in the School of Medicine. This interdisciplinary program will provide students with a thorough understanding of bioinformatics along with genetics, molecular biology, computer science, chemistry and mathematics.

Graduate Biomedical Science Doctoral Training Program (Informatics Theme)

The Graduate Biomedical Science (GBS) Doctoral Training Program is designed to offer students interdisciplinary education and mentorship in a wide array of scientific disciplines. The program is subdivided into eight themes. One of the eight GBS themes is Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics. 

This theme provides students with a flexible and didactic training experience across the broad disciplines of genetics, genomics and bioinformatics. The goal of the program is to prepare students for independent and innovative careers in experimental and computational research. Extension of the theme to cover clinical informatics is currently under development.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics

Postdoctoral fellowships with the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Data Science offer highly motivated individuals the opportunity to train in research areas across the biomedical informatics spectrum, including: bioinformatics, translational, clinical research and clinical informatics.