School of Biomedical Informatics

IMIA Academic Representative:
Dr. Jiajie Zhang, Dean and Professor
School of Biomedical Informatics
The University of Texas Health Science Center



The School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) is one of six schools at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) located in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center—the largest contiguous medical center in the world.

SBMI expertise comprehends three broad areas of education and research: (1) Health Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, (2) Clinical and Health Informatics, and (3) Bioinformatics and Systems Medicine. Moreover, SBMI’s education programs are designed to cover the broadest student needs, including several Graduate Certificate programs (fully online), two MS programs (research and applied; both online and in-person), two doctoral degrees (PhD – emphasizing research and Doctorate of Health Informatics [DHI] – emphasizing application and executive training), and a growing number of dual-degree programs (e.g., MD/MS, PhD/MPH, and MS/MPH, etc.). In addition, SBMI jointly runs a ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship program with UTHealth Houston McGovern Medical School, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Hermann Health System. Students praise the school’s team-oriented, hands-on approach to instruction and graduates with a thorough understanding of biomedical informatics. Our alumni are leading the future of healthcare.

SBMI is the only free-standing school in US dedicated exclusively to graduate programs in biomedical informatics and it is one of the largest such programs in US with more than 60 regular and 70 adjunct faculty members and nearly 500 graduate students as of 2021. The vision of SBMI is Transforming Data to Power Human HealthTM. The mission of SBMI is to collect, process, and convert data—ranging from molecules to populations—into actionable information, knowledge, and intelligence; to educate current and future leaders, innovators, and problem solvers across Texas, the nation, and the world; to disrupt, transform, and innovate to elicit biomedical discoveries, improve healthcare delivery, and aid in disease prevention by conducting outstanding basic and applied research and developing impactful information technology products and solutions.