Bio- and Medical Informatics

The master’s program in Bio- Medical informatics is offered at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridsky (Bulgaria). A primary feature of this degree program is its interdisciplinary nature. New technologies in genomics have changed dramatically modern research in biology and medicine. The development of high technology products in this area relies on the synergy of modern information technology, mathematical modeling, biology and chemistry. It involves application of modern methods for data acquisition and computer assisted analysis of huge amounts of data from statistical and experimental research for the purpose of knowledge extraction.

Professional area: 
4.6. Informatics and Computer Science
Degree: 
Master of Science
Speciality: 
MII212113 Informatics
Master's programme: 
Bio- and Medical Informatics
Form of education: 
Full-time
Duration of full-time training (in semesters): 
3
Professional qualification: 
MSC in Informatics - Bio- and Medical Informatics
Language of Instruction: 
Bulgarian
Master's programme director: 
Prof. Evgeniy Krastev, PhD

Focus, educational goals

A primary feature of the Master's Program in Bio- Medical informatics is its interdisciplinary nature. New technologies in genomics have changed dramatically modern research in biology and medicine. The development of high technology products in this area relies on the synergy of modern information technology, mathematical modeling, biology and chemistry. It involves application of modern methods for data acquisition and computer assisted analysis of huge amounts of data from statistical and experimental research for the purpose of knowledge extraction.

The implementation of modern information technologies in healthcare is a real challenge worldwide. A number of skills are necessary to resolve this challenge, where eHealth literacy and the ability to deal with big amounts of specialized health information coming from diverse sources are of primary importance. 

The objective of this multidisciplinary field of study is to create modern qualified specialists that are able to apply modern information technologies and mathematical methods in molecular biology, genetics, drug design, medical biophysics, robotics, as well as in healthcare information systems. 

The Bio- Medical informatics program is appropriate for BSc graduates in computer science, information technology, applied mathematics, statistics as well as computer engineering, biology, medicine, chemistry and pharmacology. 

Training (knowledge and skills)

The program of study comprises three terms. The teaching program in the first two terms enables students from diverse fields of study to acquire general and specialized knowledge in the following major areas- informatics, computational biology, genetics, biostatistics, computer assisted drug design, medical biophysics, eHealth and biomedical robotics. Students in the third term are primarily involved in internship activities in research projects or activities leading to the development of their diploma thesis. Students in this mater’s program have a lot of employment options to choose among upon graduation. Graduates are well prepared to assume real job positions like bioinformatics or bio-computing specialists in industry, eHealth information managers in healthcare, research workers and lectures at the universities.

Professional competence

Биомедицинската информатика е наука, което съчетава знания по биология, медицина, компютърни науки и информационни технологии за управление на здравна и биомедицинска информация. Такива знания се оказаха съществени за успеха например на мащабния научно изследователски проект по картографирането на човешките гени, известне като човешкия геномен проект. Проекти от такъв тип изискват знания по анализ на данни и умения за компютърни изчисления, както и изследователски умения в областта на биологията и медицината за анализ и управление на милиарди от записи с данни.

С оглед на изискванията на работните места при професионалната реализация , завършилите студенти ще са в състояние да извъшват следните дейности:

  • да прилагат теоретични модели, методи и средства на информатиката за решаване на информационни проблеми, свързани с научни и приложни проекти в биомедицината , както и реализацията на такива поекти в производството.
  • да демонстрират знания в основни области на биологията и медицината, както и в информационното обслужване на здравеопазването
  • да отчитат предимствата и недостатъците на различните теоретично-базирани модели на информатиката при приложението им в биомедицинската информатика.
  • да преценяват предимствата и недостатъците на съществуващи решения в областта на биомедицинската информатика
  • да демонстрират компетентност при избора и приложението на подходящи съвременни средства на информатиката и информационните технологии в биомедицинската информатика.

Professional realization

Graduates are well prepared to assume real job positions like bioinformatics or bio-computing specialists in industry, eHealth information managers in healthcare, research workers and lectures at the universities.

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