• Press Release

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Launches New Masters in Biomedical Informatics

  • (October 14, 2015)

With the goal of providing students a comprehensive education in data science and computing, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will launch a new Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics degree beginning in Fall 2016. This program complements an impressive array of graduate programs in the biological sciences typical of Mount Sinai’s pursuit of innovation.  

Prospective candidates will already have a background in biological sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science or other related fields. Comprehensive coursework will prepare them to work with biomedical research and clinical teams in one of five specialty areas: Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Structural and Chemical Biology, Systems Biology, Clinical and Translational Informatics, Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship.

“There is a real need for people who understand the languages, tools, and techniques of mathematics, science, and engineering – and for those people who can help translate innovations in those fields into therapeutic discoveries and good patient outcomes,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs, the Mount Sinai Health System. “We are proud to offer this new degree, which will help arm the next generation of clinicians and researchers with crucial computational and data-processing tools.”

In biomedical informatics, researchers apply math, computer science, and engineering to transform complex biological and clinical data into, for instance, genetically targeted therapies as part of personalized medicine.

The Masters in Biomedical Informatics degree program will also create opportunities for students to interact with academic, non-profit, or industrial partners to build real-world experience. The strategy is to position Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai graduates as highly competitive candidates who can hit the ground running in healthcare, research and industry, and in both large companies and startups. The curriculum includes a final capstone project in which the student applies his or her knowledge on a real-life clinical or research team. Lastly, the program will provide a dual-track setting to accommodate students who are strong in computer science or bioscience. This curriculum will emphasize equally computational and data science skills in both research and clinical contexts. In this way, the program stresses a translational biomedical informatics approach, which provides a more robust preparation than competing programs.

“We designed our program to enable students to shape their experience based on their own interests and priorities,” said Patricia Kovatch, Associate Dean for Scientific Computing and Associate Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, and Structural and Chemical Biology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “With choices in area of concentration, classes, and capstone project, our students will be able to position themselves for their ideal post-graduate career paths.”

Applicants will receive a holistic evaluation for admission based upon their professional experience, academic record, leadership capabilities, major accomplishments, and career goals.  Prospective applicants may click here for more information.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the "Honor Roll" of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals."

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