Posted: 1/26/17

TAMIU Announces Graduate Program in Bio-Medical Health Informatics with UT Health Science Center – Houston – Brownsville Campus


TAMIU Students
Dr. John Kilburn, TAMIU associate vice president for research, joins the first three TAMIU students accepted into the Biomedical Informatics program.  


A dynamic career opportunity in data analysis focused on the health care industry will be possible as part of a new partnership program between Texas A&M International University  (TAMIU) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), School of Biomedical Informatics, Brownsville Campus.

TAMIU officials joined UTHealth representatives for a partnership ceremony launching the effort Thursday at TAMIU’s Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library Colonnade.

The new 4 + 1 graduate program takes select senior TAMIU students and admits them into the graduate certificate in biomedical informatics, a 15-hour program with courses offered online.  It integrates graduate curriculum into the student’s undergraduate work.  The students graduate with a bachelor’s degree, while also earning a graduate certificate in biomedical informatics.

During the last semester of undergraduate study, students can apply to the graduate degree program to complete the remaining semester credit hours required for the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics. The remaining semester credit hours can be completed in one year, if enrolled full-time.

Dr. John Kilburn, TAMIU’s associate vice president of the Office for Research and Sponsored Projects, said three TAMIU students have already been accepted to the program.

“We are delighted to announce that three TAMIU students: Diego Cardenas, Laura Lomeli, and Ruben Villarreal, have been selected for this highly competitive and prestigious program. This is a great opportunity, because many jobs in the health care industry require rigorous data analysis.  The field of Health Informatics is essential to the future of health care in the United States,” Dr. Kilburn noted.

“The 4 + 1 program graduates gain the education, skill set and experience needed to enter the workforce in a variety of biomedical informatics fields. Graduates will also be well prepared to continue their education through doctoral studies, or in professional degrees such as nursing, medicine, dentistry or pharmacy,” Kilburn added.

The admission process for the TAMIU 4 + 1 program requires the submission of both a 4 + 1 application and a School of Biomedical Informatics application. Both applications require supplemental documents.  Application documents must be submitted by September 15 for the Spring admission deadline, January 15 for Summer admission, and May 15 for Fall admission.

Application criteria and additional details are available by contacting Jeanette Broshears at Jeanette.L.Broshears@uth.tmc.edu, or by phone at 956.755.0678.

Students in Biomedical Informatics Program

First Students in New Program

A new partnership program between Texas A&M International University and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Biomedical Informatics, Brownsville Campus, has launched a 4 + 1 Graduate Program in Biomedical Informatics with both certificate and graduate degree opportunities.  Left to right are Dr. John Kilburn, TAMIU associate vice president of Research and Sponsored Projects; Dr. Susan Fenton, associate dean for Academic Affairs, School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; accepted TAMIU program students Ruben Villarreal, Laura Lomeli and Diego Cardenas; Dr. Gladys Keene, regional dean, UTHealth at San Antonio, Regional Campus Laredo and Dr. Pablo Arenaz, TAMIU president.