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Population Health Informatics

2nd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Jonathan Weiner

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Introduces students to concepts, methods, and issues related to the application of health information technology (HIT) to population health. Emphasizes the population health potential of comprehensive electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), mobile health and telemedicine devices; and consumer focused internet-based tools. Covers the uses of HIT to define and identify populations and sub-populations of interest, describe the health status and needs of populations, improve the health of populations, and evaluate services provided to populations. Emphasizes the use of HIT within both local, regional and federal public health agencies and population-based private health care organizations such as integrated delivery systems and health insurance plans. Lessons are mainly US oriented but are also applicable to other high and middle income countries.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Summarize population health informatics/HIT concepts, tools, methods and trends from the view of various stakeholders
  2. Describe HIT tools and methods that can be applied to characterize health status at the population level and to primary and secondary prevention
  3. Identify HIT tools and methods for evaluating the quality and effectiveness of health services
  4. Identify the benefits and challenges of "secondary use" of electronic medical records and other HIT modules for population health applications
  5. Describe the special issues and challenges associated with population health informatics within public health agencies, and private integrated delivery systems and health insurance plans
  6. Describe the potential scope and role of internet based consumer health application and telemedicine for measuring, monitoring and improving the health of populations
  7. Describe pertinent government policies that relate to the use of health informatics to improve population health including recent federal reform legislation and confidentiality regulations
Methods of Assessment:

mid-term project with focus on literature synthesis and the identification of an in-scope issue of interest; final project involving the development of a preliminary proposal

Instructor Consent:

No consent required