Program in Bioinformatics & Proteomics/Genomics

BPG Degrees

Learn more about the BPG Program Requirements

The BPG Program at The University of Toledo offers the following degrees.  Click on each
for a quick view of details.  For additional information on our degrees, click here to access the Graduate School Catalog.

Master's Degree  (No. 2 below)

Dual Degree (Pipeline)  (No. 4 below)

Certificate in Bioinformatics and Biomarkers   (No. 1 below)

Professional Science Master's (PSM) Degree Curriculum Schedule  PDF FORMAT  (No. 5 below)

PSM Description and Q&A's  PDF FORMAT

---->  Click here for PDF table showing REQUIRED CURRICULUM for ALL DEGREES.

The masters degree can be earned either directly, as part of a 5.5-year "pipeline", that results in both a bachelors and masters degree, or as a combined MD/MSBS program.

Three of the BPG core courses are included in the curriculum of the PSM degree. These three are:  BIPG5100 Fundamentals of BPG, BIPG6100 Introduction to Bioinformatic Computation, and BRiM6200 Biomarkers and Personalized Medicine.  

Bioinformatics programs generally place more emphasis on either the computer science or the biomedical aspects of the field. UT’s program falls into the latter category. However, there are courses in PERL, Java, and SQL programming (for example), and the Program provides biomedical researchers with a solid introduction to the computational aspects, or computer science experts with a rigorous introduction to the biomedical aspects of bioinformatics.


BIOINFORMATICS PROGRAMS OFFERED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO:

1. Certificate Program (Certificate in Bioinformatics and Biomarkers)
For requirements and application procedures, click here.

Certificate Program Courses in HTML format 


2. Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS)

For requirements and scholarship opportunities for Ohio residents, click here

Complete Schedule of Courses for MSBS Degree(pdf version)  OR  Click here for HTML version


3. Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science in Biomedical Science (MD/MSBS)
This is designed for students already in our MD program, who want preparation for clinical research in gene therapy, biomarker discovery, or other aspects of cutting-edge medicine. It involves one year of coursework and research between the 2nd and 3rd years of the standard medical curriculum. Apply during Fall term of 2nd year. Contact us for more information.


4.  Dual-Degree "Pipeline" Program
In FIVE YEARS, RECEIVE A  DUAL-DEGREE:  BS (Biological Sciences)  +  MS (Biomedical Sciences w/concentration in Bioinformatics). 

For Pipeline description & course information click here to view in HTML format.

In addition, as an Ohio resident,  you are eligible to apply for the Choose Ohio First Scholarship in Bioinformatics.   


COST COMPARISON

The following cost comparison is based on a student being an Ohio resident, and is calculated on the current rate of tuition and fees.  It is approximate. The totals include tuition and miscellaneous fees. 

           COST COMPARISON: Pipeline vs BS+MSBS Taken Separately
           $72,462:  BS and MS taken separately  (100% tuition/fees)

           $59,550:  Pipeline program (82% of tuition/fees AND 1-2 years time saved)
           $44,316:  Pipeline w/COF scholarship  (61% of tuition/fees)

           SAVE NEARLY 40% ON YOUR TOTAL UNIVERSITY COST!

<<<    YouTube VIDEO Presentation      >>>   (A 6 minute dual-degree explanation)


5.
  NEW "PSM" Degree:  BIOMARKERS AND DIAGNOSTIC PROFESSIONAL SCIENCE MASTERS DEGREE

A PSM degree in Biomarkers and Diagnostics is now available at the University of Toledo.  This new and exciting graduate degree provides advanced training in science and business skills in approximately 18 months, without an MBA or PhD.  Students are exposed to current, cutting edge topics, such as, genetics, molecular biology, protein structure, along with business skills and leadership development.  Click here for complete details in HTML format.  The following link will take you to the UT PSM website.  http://www.utoledo.edu/med/depts/bioinfo/bidi/index.html

The Professional Science Master's National website can be found here.



HOW TO APPLY .  .  .

The grid below contains links to specific information depending on your present status, and your desired degree.

Find your present status across the top of the grid, then choose the Program you are interested in on the left side. Click on the connecting link, which will take you to a description and the requirements for that Program. 

                                                   If you are currently a(n):

      PROGRAM

                 Undergraduate

   PharmD
       or
     UT MD Student           BGSU
         student
         UT PhD    
Certificate in Bioinformatics & Biomarkers            (N/A)          go                 go             go
MSBS in BPG              go          go              (N/A)             go
MD/MSBS            (N/A)        (N/A)                 go           (N/A)
BS/MSBS  PIPELINE              go        (N/A)              (N/A)           (N/A) 


USEFUL REFERENCES & WEBSITES FOR BIOINFORMATICS EDUCATION

1. WHAT IS BIOINFORMATICS? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/About/primer/bioinformatics.html

2. NY Times article on Bioinformatics as a career: Key Quote: "There is demand for people trained in bioinformatics . . . (click below to read entire article) 
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/business/dna-sequencing-caught-in-deluge-of-data.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

3. A Quick Guide for Developing Effective Bioinformatics Programming Skills,  Joel T. Dudley, Atul J. Butte
   http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pcbi.1000589

4. The Bioinformatics.org page answers many questions about research, education and careers in bioinformatics. 
   http://www.bioinformatics.org/wiki/Main_Page

5. Graduate Student Handbook 2009-2010 (Health Science Campus)
    http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/hsc/hsc_handbook10/index.html

 
For additional information about becoming a BPG student, BPG research at UT, or use of the BPG core facilities, contact the BPG Secretary, Ms. JoAnne Gray, 419-383-6883, or the BPG Program Director, Dr. Robert M. Blumenthal, 419-383-5422.

Last Updated: 3/22/15