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Academic Update

Volume 1, Issue 3          October 22, 2010

New! M.S. Program in Applied Health Informatics

Beginning spring 2011, the School of Biomedical Informatics will offer a new online Master’s program in Applied Health Informatics. The program creates an educated workforce with the knowledge and skills to assess, implement, maintain and evaluate Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and computerized health information systems. The program requires 36 semester credit-hours (12 courses).

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will fund up to 29 full-time students for the one-year duration of the Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics program.

For more information click here.

SBMI Professor Teaching in Second Life (SL)  

Dr A's lecture in second lifeBe Innovative; be creative! This fall semester, Dr. Ananth Annapragada made his teaching debut in Second Life. Rather than delivering the course in the traditional course management system Moodle, he chose to teach his Nanomedicine in Healthcare course in a virtual world known as Second Life. Using a problem-based learning strategy, students from different locations gather together in a virtual classroom in SL for live lectures, group discussions, and problem-solving activities. Read more...

Branding Our School - UTHealth


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) began rolling out its new brand in September. The new logo features a tapestry symbol that represents the strength derived from UTHealth’s six schools working together.  The new brand will increase the university’s visibility in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the state and the nation.

Let’s all do our part to support UTHealth! If you are still using the old logo please contact Lauren Carrier at to obtain the new one. Please update your e-mail signatures. Templates can be found at the Graphic and Editorial Standards website. This site also has links to PowerPoint templates, fax forms, memo templates, letterhead templates and the FYI monitor templates.

AMIA 2010 Annual Symposium

Held each fall, the AMIA Annual Symposium is the world’s most comprehensive annual meeting on biomedical and health informatics. The Annual Symposium provides a wide range of formats for education and discussion. AMIA’s Annual Symposium flourishes as the premier educational forum in clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, public health informatics, and translational bioinformatics. It attracts an impressive network of informatics experts spanning the spectrum of informatics foundations and applications, and is comprised of professionals and students from an array of occupational settings.

The theme for AMIA 2010 is Key to Quality Care and Scientific Progress. The annual symposium will be held at Washington, D.C. from November 13, 2010 to November 17, 2010. The advance registration deadline is October 28, 2010.

All SBMI students are encouraged to submit proposals for next year’s AMIA Annual Symposium. Please click here for the upcoming AMIA meetings and events.

The Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program

Schweitzer Fellowship posterLaunched in 2008, the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program seeks to build leaders in service who are dedicated to working with the underserved in their fellowship year and beyond. Fellows design and implement their own 200-hour community service projects that address local unmet health needs and participate in monthly Fellowship activities. The program selects a diverse group of up to 12 students each year from multiple schools and academic disciplines, including education, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, public health, religion, and social work, among others.

The Fellowship is open to students enrolled in a graduate-level or professional degree program through April 2012; Fellows receive a $2000 stipend.  Applications are due Tuesday, February 1st, 2011.

For more information, please visit the Schweitzer Fellowship website or contact Tiffany Harris, Program Director, at

SBMI Brochures Online NOW!

The new SBMI brochures are online now and are ready for you to download. To view them please click here.

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