Advancements in medical care increasingly involve computers. Medical technology helps physicians make diagnoses, track symptoms, and analyze outcomes. For the eager undergraduate who wants to be at the forefront of such innovations, Johns Hopkins’s new program of study in computational medicine sounds like a perfect bet.
Hopkins already has a Computational Medicine Institute, which provides training to graduate students. The new minor program for undergraduates will help students “understand how mathematical models can be constructed from biophysical laws or experimental data and how predictions from these models facilitate diagnosis and treatment of a disease.” In other words: lots of math.
The new minor is the only one of its kind in the country, though I imagine that other science-and-technology-minded schools will soon follow suit. It’s open to all Hopkins undergrads; read more about it here.