While general informatics programs are not prevalent in Texas, students can still learn relevant skills in health care informatics or bioinformatics programs. These programs focus on medical or interdisciplinary fields, but students can still apply these skills to a career in informatics. The programs range from bachelor's to doctoral degree levels. Some programs offer additional opportunities for learning such as a research project, internship, or dissertation.
Continue reading to find detailed profiles for each of the Texas schools that offer programs related to informatics and a comparison table with such schools' locations and tuition costs.
Baylor University is located in Waco. The School of Engineering and Computer Science offers a Bachelor of Science in Informatics degree program with a bioinformatics major. The program consists of 124 credit hours. Some required courses for the degree include data structures, bioinformatics, software engineering and systems programming. An internship is optional.
St. Edward's University
Situated in Austin, this school's Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics degree program has concentrations in genomics, biomathematics or simulation and modeling. Students can expect to take courses such as bioinformatics, algorithms, computing sciences and discrete mathematics. Senior students must present a research project in a seminar course.
University of North Texas
Denton is home to University of North Texas, and the school offers several graduate programs under the broader field of health informatics. Students can pursue the Master of Science in Information Science, the advanced study certificate or the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science. The master's degree program includes an internship or field experience and requires at least 36 credit hours. Students can also take advantage of the school's partnerships with medical centers. The 24-credit certificate program allows students to receive additional training in the health informatics field. Some areas of study in the Ph.D. program include computer science, library and information sciences and business computer information systems. A minimum of 60 credit hours are required, with at least 48 being in coursework and 12 in dissertation work.
University of St. Thomas
Another school option is located in Houston. Students can earn the Bachelor of Arts in Bioinformatics. The interdisciplinary program covers fields like computer science and chemistry. Some required courses include computer programming, databases, bioinformatics and calculus. Graduates are prepared to work in genetics, biotechnology, pharmacy and other related fields.
The University of Texas at Dallas
Located in Richardson, this university provides a Master of Science degree program in bioinformatics and computational biology. Applicants to the program need to have already taken courses in biology, physics, chemistry and other relevant fields. The interdisciplinary program offers courses in biochemistry, bioinformatics, statistics and genomics. Students can further specialize in computational biology or general bioinformatics.
The University of Texas at El Paso
This campus is located in El Paso. The College of Science offers students the opportunity to pursue a Professional Science Master's in Bioinformatics and Computational Molecular Biology. The program, which involves 40 credit hours, is designed to be completed in two years. Students can expect to study topics such as structure database management, bioinformatics and database applications. Applicants to the program need to complete prerequisites in chemistry, biology and math.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
This is another school option situated in Houston. The School of Biomedical Informatics offers a variety of degrees like a 39-credit Master of Science in Health Informatics, with two tracks: traditional research, and an applied health informatics track. Post-graduate certificates include a certificate in health informatics, public health and applied health. There is also a dual degree Master of Science in Health Informatics/Public Health, in addition to a Master of Science in Public Health/PhD in Health Informatics. Finally, there is the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.
Western Governors University - Texas
This institution is located in Austin. Students should be aware that this is an online school, and that the data in the school table below reflects the school's main campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. This school offers an online Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics degree program. Curriculum topics include healthcare data, information technology, health information technology and databases. Additionally, students of the program study for and complete industry certifications for CompTIA A+, Microsoft Technology Associate, CompTIA Project+ and other information technology certifications. This program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Degree Programs Offered||Estimated Program Cost|
|Baylor University||4-year, private nonprofit; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Informatics (Major in Bioinformatics)||$40,198 for undergraduate tuition and fees (2015-2016)*|
|St. Edward's University||4-year, private nonprofit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics||$38,720 for undergraduate tuition and fees (2015-2016)*|
|University of North Texas||4-year, public; midsize city|| Master of Science in Information Science,
Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Informatics,
Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science
|$7,165 in-state; $14,185 out-of-state (graduate tuition and fees, 2015-2016)*|
|University of St. Thomas||4-year, private nonprofit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics||$30,310 for undergraduate tuition and fees (2015-2016)*|
|The University of Texas at Dallas||4-year, public; midsize city||Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology||$11,940 in-state; $22,282 out-of-state (graduate tuition in 2015-2016)*|
|The University of Texas at El Paso||4-year, public; large city||Professional Science Master's in Bioinformatics and Computational Molecular Biology||$5,381 in-state; $12,562 out-of-state (graduate tuition in 2015-2016)*|
|The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston||4-year, public; large city|| Master of Science in Health Informatics,
Post-graduate Certificates in Applied Health Informatics, Public Health Informatics, and Health Informatics
Master of Science in Health Informatics & Master of Science in Public Health,
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics,
Master of Public Health & Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics
|$7,716 in-state; $26,920 graduate credit out-of-state (graduate tuition in 2015-2016)*|
|Western Governors University - Texas||4-year, private nonprofit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics||$6,070 for undergraduate tuition and fees (2015-2016)*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator