New Graduate Studies programs address needs

A new doctoral program in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (BISB) covers a wide array of topics to address questions in biomedical research. The BISB is a subplan within the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS).

Its graduates should be positioned to be in high demand for positions in academic research or in the biotechnology industry.

“Bioinformatics is now an integral component of many types of biomedical research,” said Karen Gould, Ph.D., co-director of IGPBS.

Students will be the beneficiaries of a truly interdisciplinary program. The expertise of the participating faculty members varies widely from pure “wet lab” research to pure computational research. Most of the research projects involve bioinformatic data analyses either preceding (hypothesis-generation) or succeeding (hypothesis-testing) an experimental component.

The BISB program is jointly administered by faculty at UNMC and UNO, two sister campuses with diverse and complementary strengths in areas such as genomics, bioinformatics, computer science, mathematics, statistics and systems biology.

New joint applied behavioral analysis master’s added

UNMC Graduate Studies is adding a joint Applied Behavioral Analysis master’s program with the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

The ABA is a collaborative program managed jointly by the UNO Psychology Department and the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) Psychology Department.

Its mission is to train a workforce to provide much needed services for children and adolescents, including those with behavioral and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Students will complete 42-45 credit hours, and typically take two years to complete the master’s degree.

The program will include the foundation needed to become a licensed mental health professional in Nebraska — with additional supervised experience hours and exam.

“There is a documented shortage of behavioral health providers in Nebraska, particularly providers who have the training to work with children and adolescents with intensive behavioral needs and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Mark Shriver, Ph.D., program director and professor of psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute.

“This program directly addresses that provider shortage,” Dr. Shriver said.