Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is the application of computational and statistical methods to molecular biology. In the realm of biological and medical science, bioinformatics is a central discipline and is placing a new demand on the training of graduate students and other scientists in the biological and computer sciences. The educational objective of the Graduate Certificate Program in Bioinformatics is to provide added formal training for PhD students currently enrolled at the UW Madison to improve their fundamental skills in bioinformatics. The goal is to allow them to have enough basic knowledge to continue their own research and to collaborate with computer scientists specializing in bioinformatics methods.

The program has the following course prerequisites: Math 222 (Calculus) or approved equivalent and Computer Sciences 367 (Programming and Data Structures) or approved equivalent. You must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at the UW Madison to apply.

Course Sequence

The Certificate in Bioinformatics consists of four courses for a total of 12 semester credits. Depending on their course and or research load, the program typically can be completed in 1-2 years. This certificate program may also serve as a distributed minor.

Basic Course Requirements
Choose one Statistics Course Complete both of these courses Choose one elective

BMI 541 - Introduction to Biostatistics


STAT 571 - Statistical Methods for Bioscience I

BMI 576 - Bioinformatics


BMI 776 - Advanced Bioinformatics

BMI 542 – Fundamentals of Clinical Trials

CS 540 – Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

CS 545 – Natural Language and the Computer

CS 564 --  Database Management Systems

CS 577 – Introduction to Algorithms

CS 731 – Advanced Artificial Intelligence

CS 760 – Machine Learning

CS766 – Computer Vision

ISyE 617 – Health Information Systems

Math 605 – Stochastic Methods for Biology

Math 606 – Mathematical Methods for Structural Biology

Math 608 -- Mathematical Methods for Continuum Modeling in Biology


                               The program requires a minimum grade of B for each course taken through this program.


Admissions Requirements and Procedures

To apply for the Graduate Certificate program:

► You must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at the UW Madison

► You must provide the following:

  • A completed Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics Application form
  • A Statement of Purpose explaining how the Certificate program will help with your current and future research 
  • A CV/Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A current UW Madison transcript (Unofficial is acceptable)


Please submit the listed materials to:
Bioinformatics Certificate Admissions Committee
Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics
c/o Beth Bierman
4775b Medical Sciences Center
1300 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706

Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

Contact: Beth Bierman

bbierman [at]