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Informatics Institute Programs

Building on a tradition of outstanding informatics education and research at Missouri, the doctoral program is a joint program of 43 faculty from 14 different departments in seven schools/colleges, including the Departments of Animal Sciences, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Family and Community Medicine,  Geology, Health Management and Informatics, Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Information Science and Learning Technologies,  Life Sciences, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Nursing, Pathology & Anatomical Sciences, and Physics who make up the Informatics Institute (MUII). The Institute offers emphasis areas in bioinformatics and health informatics. Each emphasis area stresses skill sets and research appropriate to the subfield within the broad area of informatics. A core curriculum provides all students with a foundation of knowledge and tools in biology, computer sciences, health systems, and statistics, after which they complete further coursework in their chosen emphasis area. The integrated program assures broad exposure to the field and fosters new insights and innovative research concepts.

Degrees offered

The Informatics Institute offers a doctoral degree (PhD) in two tracks: bioinformatics and health informatics.

Students with areas of interests outside of informatics may also wish to pursue a collaborative degree program between MUII and other degree programs. The purpose of the collaborative degree program is to allow students the opportunity to obtain advanced degrees in fields that complement the study of informatics and expand the student’s knowledge and applicability.

MUII students may also select the collaborative degree between the Master of Public Health program and MUII PhD in Informatics program. Students must be accepted by both MUII and the MPH program to be eligible. Upon completion of the PhD requirements for the Informatics Institute and degree requirements for the MPH in Health Promotion and Policy with Focus on Informatics, students will receive both the PhD in Informatics and MPH degrees. For a full list of courses for the MPH in Health Promotion and Policy with Focus on Informatics, please visit the MPH program website

Contact Information

MU Informatics Institute
241 Engineering Building West
Columbia, MO 65211-2060
573-884-8709 (fax)
MU Informatics Institute (MUII) website