Core curriculum

Students entering our training programs come from a variety of backgrounds, including engineering (computer science, electrical engineering, bioengineering); information sciences; and the life and health sciences. The MII training programs are thus designed around a core curriculum that starts in the first year, aimed at providing a comprehensive, introductory background to computation, biomedical informatics, and its translation into real-world applications that enable biomedical research and patient care. For students entering with existing training or proficiency in topics covered by the core curriculum, faculty will work with them to recommend more advanced coursework. Additionally, during the first year of the core curriculum, MII faculty engage new trainees with research opportunities to provide exposure to different, ongoing efforts at UCLA.

With the rapid changes in research methods and developed technologies, our faculty are continually revising and updating the core curricula to introduce newer advances and materials that prepare students to be at the cutting-edge of the discipline.

Bioengineering Core Curriculum

For students entering through Bioengineering, the core curriculum involves a 1-year set of coursework that all MSc and PhD students must complete. Classes include an introduction to current topics in biomedical and imaging informatics research; medical information architectures; medical knowledge representation; and medical decision making theory, study design, and evaluation. Coursework provides exposure to different modeling paradigms, the use of biomedical ontologies, and information extraction and retrieval methods. Students are also introduced to core concepts in medical imaging and human anatomy/physiology. From the outset, this core curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary team science, and allows trainees to interact with a variety of peers from different disciplines: a year-long programming lab provides hands-on learning experience in developing software engineering skills and team work.

Fall Quarter

  • Bioengineering 220: Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
  • Bioengineering 221: Anatomy & Physiology for Informatics
  • Bioengineering M227: Medical Information Architectures & Internet Technologies
  • Bioengineering 223A: Programming Lab for Informatics
  • Bioengineering 299: Bioengineering Research Seminar

Winter Quarter

  • Bioengineering 224A: Medical Imaging for Informatics
  • Bioengineering M228: Medical Decision-Making & Evaluation
  • Bioengineering 223B: Programming Lab for Informatics
  • Bioengineering 299: Bioengineering Research Seminar

Spring Quarter

  • Bioengineering 224B: Advances in Imaging Informatics
  • Bioengineering M226: Medical Knowledge Representation
  • Bioengineering 223C: Programming Lab for Informatics
  • Bioinformatics M224: Computational Genetics
  • Bioengineering 299: Bioengineering Research Seminar

Bioinformatics Core Curriculum

For MSc students entering through Bioinformatics, the core curriculum involves a two-year course plan and concurrent directed research.

Year 1

Fall Quarter

  • Bioengineering M227: Medical Information Architectures & Internet Technologies

Winter Quarter

  • Bioengineering M228: Medical Decision-Making & Evaluation

Spring Quarter

  • MIMG C234: Ethics and Accountability in Biomedical Research
  • Bioengineering M226: Medical Knowledge Representation

Year 2

Fall Quarter

  • Bioinformatics M260A: Introduction to Bioinformatics

Winter Quarter

  • No courses (full-time research)

Spring Quarter

  • Bioinformatics M271: Statistical Methods in Computational Biology
  • Computer Science 124: Computational Genetics