Department of Biomedical & Health Informatics

What is Biomedical and Health Informatics?

Our mission is to build excellent programs in translational research (improving health outcomes from bench to bedside) that are supported by the core disciplines of biomedical informatics.

Students will master core competencies that will allow them to participate in biological research, clinical and population health research, and research to develop innovative information systems. Our goal is to produce the next generation of health researchers by emphasizing patient-oriented research in the context of state-of-the-art medical informatics.

The Department faculty include tenure track and adjunct faculty who participate in graduate education and research at the School of Medicine and its partner hospitals, Truman Medical CentersChildren’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.

This Department, in cooperation with the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Computing and Engineering, offers a Master of Science in Bioinformatics with emphasis areas in Clinical ResearchComputational Bioinformatics, and Genomic Bioinformatics. The Department also offers a graduate certificate in clinical research.


Karen B. Williams, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics