The growing popularity of bioinformatics, a new branch
of technology that draws on computer science and molecular
biology, has led Johns Hopkins to launch an online master's
degree program in the field. The program is aimed at
working professionals with undergraduate and advanced
degrees in biological sciences or engineering. Beginning
this spring, the online courses leading to a master of
science in bioinformatics degree will be offered through
the Whiting School's
Engineering and Applied Science Programs for
Professionals and the Krieger School of Arts and
Putting the program online will allow professionals
from around the world to access these timely classes and to
learn from top instructors in the field. The courses are
well-suited to the online format because much of the
analysis is completed in a digital environment.
Ed Addison, bioinformatics program director for the
Whiting School, said that Johns Hopkins is becoming one of
the leading academic centers in bioinformatics. "This is a
natural progression for Johns Hopkins," he said, "because
of its rich course offerings in engineering, medicine and
computer sciences, as well as its proximity to NIH and the
variety of biotechnology companies along Montgomery
County's I-270 corridor."
Kristina Obom, bioinformatics associate program chair
for Arts and Sciences, said that the program's flexibility
makes it attractive to working professionals. "This online
format offers prospective students a first-class Johns
Hopkins education with the flexibility to accommodate their
jobs and personal responsibilities," she said.
The degree program requires students to complete 11
courses in molecular biology, computer science and
bioinformatics. The courses must be completed within six
A master of science degree in bioinformatics will
enable graduates to interpret complex biological
information, perform analyses of sequential data using
sophisticated bioinformatics software and program software.
For more information on the program, go to
or call 800-847-3330.