Setting up a Bioinformatics Degree Program


In the wake of the Gaborone Workshop (H3ABioNet / University of Botswana, March 11th-12th 2014), H3ABioNet decided to build a taskforce to develop a standard curriculum in bioinformatics.

This site is the repository for the  bioinformatics curricula outlines, produced and proposed by the Curriculum Development TaskForce (CDTF). The hope is that this curriculum – in conjunction with the set of guidelines  – will be used by institutions wanting to implement their own bioinformatics degree program.

Further information on this H3ABioNet initiative may be found here


ARE YOU INTERESTED in setting up a bioinformatics degree program at your institution, with limited resources?

View our degree program guidelines to see what H3ABioNet suggests.

Also see the list of core and elective modules, and associated curricula outlines, that we suggest for a bioinformatics degree program.


For any question relative to this website, please send an email to info(at)



Additional Resources:

  • Philip Machanick Özlem Tastan Bishop.How to establish a bioinformatics postgraduate degree programme—a case study from South Africa. Briefings in Bioinformatics, Volume 16, Issue 2, 1 March 2015, Pages 346–354,
  • Welch L, Brooksbank C, Schwartz R, Morgan SL, Gaeta B, Kilpatrick AM, et al. Applying, Evaluating and Refining Bioinformatics Core Competencies (An Update from the Curriculum Task Force of ISCB’s Education Committee). PLoS Comput Biol 12(5) 2016.