Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Fordham University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Advanced Certificate in Biomedical Informatics

The fast growth of the omics fields (genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics) in recent years is transforming medicine and presages the exciting new era of personalized medicine. Modern biomedicine relies more and more heavily on the integration of computing, informatics, and biological sciences. For example, machine learning is already an indispensable component in molecular disease diagnosis, prognosis, and monitoring.

As a field with an exponential growth in knowledge and opportunities, Biomedical Informatics, which directly fuels the expectations for the age of personalized medicine, has become an essential part of the knowledge and skill sets necessary in the professions of medicine, health care, the biotechnology industry, government, and the financial sectors specializing in biomedical science and technology.

To meet such an urgent demand for knowledge in Biomedical Informatics, the department of Computer and Information Science in partnership with the department of Biological Sciences offers the Advanced Certificate in Biomedical Informatics. This certificate aims at giving students the skills to solve real-world biomedical problems with computing and informatics approaches besides fostering students' research abilities in this field.

Our alumni include biomedical informatics professionals working in big business, research institutes, and government. Many have also gone on to further study in prestigious Ph.D./M.D. programs in biomedical sciences, bioinformatics, computer science, and life science.

The audiences of the biomedical informatics certificate program are future biomedical informatics professionals or researchers. We especially welcome students enrolled in the following programs or with the equivalent backgrounds to apply for this certificate program.

  • MSCS (Master of Science in Computer Science) in Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Master or Ph.D. students in Biological Sciences or other life science fields
  • Other qualified applicants with B.S. degree in computer science/engineering, informatics, or related fields.

In particular, the courses taken for the advanced certificate can also be counted towards graduate degrees in Biology Science or in Computer Science. Please see the Biological Sciences or Computer and Information Science Graduate Director or the GSAS website for more information about application to this program.

Private loans or payment plans may be available to assist in financing the Advanced Certificate in Biometric Informatics. This program is not eligible for aid through the United States federal aid programs.


This 15 credit Advanced Certificate in Biomedical Informatics consists of the following four courses (or equivalent with the approval of advisor) plus a practicum:

  • BISC 6525; Introductory Biostatistics
  • BISC 7745; Molecular Biology
  • CISC 6500; Bioinformatics
  • CISC 6700; Medical Informatics
  • CISC/BISC 8050/8999; Project and Internship in Biomedical Informatics

BISC 6525 Introductory Biostatistics (3 credits)

Principles and applications of statistical methods for biologists with an emphasis on the creation of sampling design and hypothesis testing.

BISC 7745 Molecular Biology (4 credits)

Principles of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The study of nucleic acid structure and the mechanistic and regulatory aspects of DNA replication, recombination, transcription, RNA processing, and protein synthesis. Experimental approaches, including recombinant DNA methods, will be examined in detail. Prerequisite: BISC 6734.

CISC 6500 Bioinformatics (3 credits)

This course studies the relation of (interaction between) molecular biology and information science and the impact and applications of combinatorics, computing, and informatics on the biomedical sciences and clinical processes. Topics include: sequencing and alignment, next generation sequencing (NGS), database searching and data analysis, phylogenetic analysis and evolution, genomic and proteomics, structure and function, metabolic pathways, network biology; Omics data analysis and translational medicine.

CISC 6700 Medical Informatics (3 credits)

This course will cover the development and evaluation of methods for managing medical data and the integration of diverse and multifaceted hardware and software systems to provide enhanced value in medicine and health care. Informatics is not only embraced for imaging and diagnosis but also for clinical practice, decision-making, quality and safety, clinical research and ethics.


Dr. Yanjun Li
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Dept. of Computer and Information Science
Fordham University
Bronx NY 10458
(718) 817-0505


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