WHAT IS INFORMATICS?

Informatics is a field of study that joins the computational disciplines with the humanities, arts, and the natural, biological, health, and social sciences to help identify and resolve real-world issues and problems. 

Driven by the rapid development of information technology within an intricate socio-economic infrastructure, the way we do science, how we think about health care delivery, the mechanics of our scholarship, our forms of artistic expression, and even the pattern of our social and legal interactions, are changing every day.

Being an information society is not about computers, or software, or networks. The real issue is how these amazing tools, along with sophisticated mathematical, computational, and information methods, enhance our ability to create new products and services, to accelerate our research endeavors, to educate our citizens, and to enrich and protect our society and personal lives. —Drecker, 2001

WHY IOWA?

The University of Iowa has the resources of a major research university in the comfortable atmosphere of a small town.

We offer the opportunity to exchange ideas with people in many other disciplines, and graduate students work one-on-one with faculty mentors in most departments.

  • Dedicated Faculty - Our faculty includes about 1,700 tenured and tenure-track professors, including three Pulitzer Prize winners and several members of the most prestigious scholarly academies.
  • Highly-Ranked Programs - Iowa offers advanced degree programs in more than 100 areas of study, ranging from urban and regional planning to immunology, creative writing, and oral health science.
  • Teaching and Research Opportunities - Our faculty has collected more than $5 billion in external funding for research since 1967; in addition, there are a number of internal funding sources for graduate student research.
  • Great College Town - Located in Iowa City, Iowa, a town of about 72,000 people, the University of Iowa campus is beautiful, pedestrian-friendly, and right next to Iowa City's student-oriented downtown.

Graduate and professional students comprise about a third of The University's total enrollment.