Benefits of Bioinformatics and Health Informatics for Faculty and Students in Health Sciences

Bioinformatics and Health Informatics are highly integrative area in modem biology as information technology makes overwhelming biological data readily available to a variety of scientists, students, professors, clinicians and general population. Specifically, students may access biological data and utilize online bioinformatics and health informatics tools as part of classroom lessons. The field is unique, as it presents the potential to teach health sciences through actual first-hand applications.

According to Institute of Medicine report, the modern health care professional must have competency in informatics as part of larger goal to provide patient-centered care. Therefore, informatics is a core component of the “learning health system”.

Areas of Specialization

Areas of Specialization General Courses
 1. Healthcare Informatics


 2. Translational Bioinformatics


 3. Clinical Research Informatics



4. Public Health Informatics


  • Introduction to Clinical and Public Health Informatics
  • Foundations of Bioinformatics
  • Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
  • Foundations of Translational Bioinformatics
  • Introduction to Clinical Research Informatics
  • Computational Genomics
  • Methods for Computer-based Decision Support
  • Software Project Engineering in Health Care
  • Cognitive Studies for Health Informatics
  • Realtime Outbreak and Disease Surveillance
  • Applied Medical Informatics
  • Principles of Global Health Informatics

Courses and Tutorials

University of Puerto Rico:

  1. Bioinformatics at Medical Department by Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez – Medical Sciences Campus

  2. Biomedical Informatics by Dr. Abiel Roche – Medical Sciences Campus

  3. Bioinformatics and Medical genomics by Dr. Abiel Roche and Dr. Jorge Duconge – Medical Sciences Campus

  4. PhD in BioEngineering – Track in Bioinformatics by Dr. Mauricio Cabrera and Dr. Jaime Seguel – Mayaguez Campus

As of July 1, 2017, the National Library of Medicine supports research training in biomedical informatics and data science at sixteen educational institutions.

Source: Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP)

  1. University of California San Diego
    San Diego, CA

  2. Stanford University
    Stanford, CA

  3. University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
    Aurora, CO

  4. Yale University
    New Haven, CT

  5. Indiana University/Regenstrief Institute
    Indianapolis, IN

  6. Harvard University (Medical School)
    Boston, MA

  7. Columbia University Medical Center
    New York, NY

  8. State University of New York at Buffalo
    Buffalo, NY

  9. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, NC

  10. Oregon Health & Science University
    Portland, OR

  11. University of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA

  12. Vanderbilt University
    Nashville, TN

  13. Rice University
    Houston, TX

  14. University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT

  15. University of Washington
    Madison, WI