Informatics has become a major theme and methodology for biomedical science, health care delivery, and public health. Biomedical informatics involves modeling and understanding the cognitive, information processing and communication tasks of biomedical science, medical practice, education and research. At DBMI, we have designed multiple programs for students, post-doctorates, and faculty to actively engage and contribute to this community. 

It is our mission to provide a collaborative environment designed to cultivate accomplished researchers by providing multiple outlets for exposure, including attendance at local and national conferences, exclusive seminars and presentations, and the opportunity to network with Harvard-affiliated faculty, fellow students, and alumni. 

Our Educational Programs

Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics PhD

The Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics (BIG) PhD program trains future leaders in the field of bioinformatics and genomics. Our mission is to provide BIG graduate students with the tools to conduct original research and the ability to develop novel approaches and new technologies to address fundamental biological questions.

Master of Biomedical Informatics

The Master of Biomedical Informatics (MBI) degree is for students who aim for a biomedical career that requires strong data science skills. Students have the opportunity to learn from experts from throughout the Harvard community. Graduates will have an excellent understanding of the fundamentals of the field of biomedical informatics and will be proficient in applying a broad range of approaches, methods, and techniques in their chosen careers.

Summer Institute in Biomedical Informatics

This program, now looking forward to its 14th year, is currently sponsored by the NIH-funded BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge) program at the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. This is a nine-week program that offers a combination of didactic classroom lectures with nationally known thought leaders in all areas of biomedical informatics, a mentored research internship and a communications tutorial.  Stipend, travel and housing in dorms are provided.  Research mentors are carefully matched to student interests and expertise areas and are chosen from Harvard Medical School (including the HMS teaching hospitals) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculties.