Program Structure and Curriculum

The Master of Science in Biomedical Data Science (MBDS) program is a unique opportunity for students with a strong quantitative background to apply computational biology and data science techniques to biomedical problems. The 30-credit program includes successfully completing the following requirements:

Core Options

Students can choose from the following three core options, depending on the focus for their Capstone Project:

  • Biomedical Sciences (BSR1012, 6 credits)
  • Systems Biomedicine (BSR1800, 8.5 credits)
  • Principles of Neural Science, Behavior, and Brain Pathophysiology (BSR1706/BSR1705, 8 credits)

Required Courses

Students must take the following three required courses, totaling nine credits:

  • Computer Systems (BMI 1005-1007, 3 credits)
  • Introduction to Algorithms (BMI 2005, 3 credits)
  • Machine Learning for Biomedical Data Science (BMI 3002, 3 credits)

Mandatory Training Sessions

Students must take the following two additional mandatory training requisites:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (BSR1021, 8 hours of training, .5 credit)
  • Rigor and Reproducibility (BSR1022, 8 hours of training, .5 credit)

Elective Credits

Students must take 2.5 - 5 elective credits in order to do complementary coursework in areas of greatest interest to them.

Capstone Research Project

For their capstone research project (BMI 9001), students may choose from one of the following biomedical data science research areas:

  • computational genomics
  • computational biophysics
  • systems pharmacology
  • biomedical engineering
  • imaging and visualization
  • biostatistics
  • clinical epidemiology
  • clinical trials
  • environmental medicine
  • public health
  • health systems design
  • health information technology

Program Schedule

The following sample program schedule offers a snapshot of the term-by-term course requirements.

Course

Course #

Credits

Biomedical Sciences (or)

BSR 1012

6

Systems Biomedicine (or)

BSR 1800

8.5

Prin. Of Neural Sci. Behavior & Brain Pathophysiology (and)

BSR 1705 and 1706

8

Computer Systems (and)

BMI 1005-07

3

Responsible Conduct of Research

BSR 1021

.5

Term Credit Total: 9.5 – 12

Course

Course #

Credits

Capstone Research Project

BMI 9001

9

Introduction to Algorithms(and)

BMI 2005

3

Capstone Research Project

BMI 9001

9

Machine Learning for Biomedical Data Science (and)

BMI 3002

3

Elective I(and)

 

3

Elective II (for Biomedical Sciences Option or Systems Biomedicine Option)(and)

 

.5 – 2

Rigor and Reproducibility

BSR 1022

.5

Term Credit Total: 9 – 11.5

Course

Course #

Credits

Capstone Research Project

BMI 9001

9

Term Credit Total: 9