Health Informatics Degrees in Delaware

There are many options available for continued and professional education, including a number of health informatics degrees in Delaware. The information below offers an understanding of some of them, including the differences among the various types of education that are available to those looking to specialize in an increasingly necessary field.

University of Delaware

The University of Delaware, which describes itself as a state-assisted privately governed institution, was founded in 1743 and chartered by the state of Delaware in 1843. It offers several hundred degrees through its seven colleges and currently enrolls more than 21,000 students among those programs. Also offered are more than 20 intercollegiate athletics programs, 300 student organizations of various sorts and many cultural opportunities. The institution has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as long as the Commission has existed; accreditation was reaffirmed in 2011 and is scheduled for reevaluation in 2021.

PhD Program in Bioinformatics & Systems Biology

The University of Delaware offers a PhD in Bioinformatics & Systems Biology as an interdisciplinary effort to integrate biological, computational and quantitative disciplines, equipping students to effectively deploy computerized methods to conduct investigations into the nature and workings of life and thus successfully expand human knowledge in a number of areas. It is directed at students who already hold a MS degree, although some qualified students may be admitted after only the BS. For those who hold a relevant MS, the degree requires 36 to 45 credits, of which 9 are in curricular core courses (Bioinformatics and Systems Biology I and II), 3 to 9 are prerequisites (which will vary depending on the student’s prior preparation), 6 each of electives (nearly sixty courses are available) and a seminar (one credit per term), 6 more of research prior to PhD candidacy and 9 of work on the doctoral dissertation.

MS in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

The University of Delaware also offers a Master of Science degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology that seeks to prepare students for advanced research in such degrees as the PhD, MD and MBA. Two concentrations are available: Computational Sciences and Life Sciences. Both require 33 credits of coursework. Twenty-four come from courses at the graduate level (including 15 in bioinformatics & computational biology core courses, 3 in ethics—4 options are available—and 3 in electives, of which there are nearly seventy prescribed), while 3 come from seminars (1 credit each term for three terms) and the remaining 6 from work on the required thesis. Twelve credits must be completed before beginning work on the thesis, absent special permission, and work will include a formal prospectus, a written thesis, a seminar and the traditional defense, administered and evaluated by the student’s advisor and thesis committee.

Professional Science Master’s in Bioinformatics

The University of Delaware additionally offers a Professional Science Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics meant to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully pursue biological research careers in industry, business, government or non-profit organizations. The degree requires 42 credits of coursework. Twenty-four come from courses at the graduate level (including 15 in bioinformatics & computational biology core courses, 3 in ethics—4 options are available—and 6 in electives, of which there are nearly seventy prescribed). Twelve others come from courses along one of two professional development tracks: Business/Industry and Government/Non-Profit. Each has more than fifteen options available, although some are more highly recommended than others. Offerings cover such areas as business; leadership and organization; project management, operations or entrepreneurship; intellectual property; public administration; management; and legal affairs. The remaining six come from internships; generally, students must compete 12 credits before undertaking the internship, and the internship will culminate in a final written report and a poster presentation.

Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
15 Innovation Way
Newark, DE 19711 USA

There are many other options available, of course; there are other states than Delaware, and each will have its own set of programs. For those who look to remain in the state, however, it is hoped that the above information about health informatics degrees in Delaware will be useful.

For more information on earning your Health Informatics degree, please see 20 Most Affordable Master’s in Health Informatics Degree Programs.