Informatics is the study of information: how you collect it, how you organize it, and how you use it to solve problems. The Health and Biomedical Informatics Track applies the concepts and techniques of informatics to healthcare and biomedical research. This track contains many different sub-fields within the broader field of health and biomedical informatics. These sub-fields use similar techniques and tools but apply them to different problem areas. A discussion of the various domains of informatics can be found at the HBMI website.
The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) provides two separate, but closely affiliated, doctoral training programs in Health and Biomedical Informatics. Each of the informatics tracks is affiliated with one of the two major integrated programs at FSM - The Driskill Graduate Program (DGP) and the Health Sciences Integrated Program. Both programs leverage the faculty in the Division of Health Biomedical Informatics within the Department of Preventive Medicine. Prospective students are encouraged to review both programs before selecting the informatics track that is right for them.
The following guidelines will help applicants identify the appropriate PhD program at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. These are an abbreviated version of the guide created by the Health and Biomedical Informatics department. You can find the complete version here.
Health Sciences Integrated Program
- Emphasis on Clinical Informatics, Clinical Research Informatics, and Public Health Informatics
- Required to take distribution of courses in the Health Sciences domain
- More emphasis on socio-technical factors, as well as computation
Driskill Graduate Program
- Emphasis on Bioinformatics.
- Solid Biologic sciences base required
- Ability to take graduate level biology, genetics, microbiology or related topics required
- Primary emphasis on computational applications and algorithm development
You can find more information about the DGP Biomedical Informatics track here.
- HSIP 400 Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral Colloquium
- HSIP 440 Introduction to Medical Informatics
- EPI_BIO 301 Introduction to Biostatistics
- HSIP 441, 442, 443 Informatics Methods I, II, III
- HSIP 401 Introduction to Health Measurement Science