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Curriculum Guidelines for Colleges & Universities


Curriculum Guidelines for Colleges & Universities

- Curriculum Task Force
The Curriculum Task Force of the ISCB Education Committee seeks to define curricular guidelines for those who train and educate bioinformaticians. Rapid advances in the life sciences and in related information technologies necessitate the ongoing refinement of bioinformatics educational programs in order to maintain their relevance. As the discipline of bioinformatics and computational biology expands and matures, it is important to characterize the elements that contribute to the success of professionals in this field. These individuals work in a wide variety of settings, including bioinformatics core facilities, biological and medical research laboratories, software development organizations, pharmaceutical and instrument development companies, and institutions that provide education, service, and training.
- Competency Framework
A link to the current version of the ISCB Competency Framework can be found here: https://competency.ebi.ac.uk/framework/iscb/3.0
- Publications


The development and application of bioinformatics core competencies to improve bioinformatics training and education. (2018) Mulder N, Schwartz R, Brazas MD, Brooksbank C, Gaeta B, Morgan S, Pauley M, Rosenwald A, Rustici G, Sierk M, Warnow T, Welch L.

Applying, Evaluating and Refining Bioinformatics Core Competencies (An Update from the Curriculum Task Force of ISCB’s Education Committee) (2016), Welch, L., Brooksbank, C., Schwartz, R. et al,

Bioinformatics Curriculum Guidelines: Toward a Definition of Core Competencies. PLoS Comput Biol 10(3): e1003496. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003496. Welch L, Lewitter F, Schwartz R, Brooksbank C, Radivojac P, et al. (2014) 

The Genome Analysis Center News, March 12, 2014.

Defining Guidelines for Bioinformatics Curricula, GenomeWeb Bioinform, March 21, 2014.

A Report of the Curriculum Task Force of the ISCB Education Committee. PLoS Comput Biol 8(6): e1002570. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002570. Welch LR, Schwartz R, Lewitter F (2012) 

Education Committee Blog to Seek Input for a Bioinformatics Curriculum ( Draft version 1.27.12 )

- Programs

Online learning programs

Degree and certificate programs