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315.600.11 Concepts, Theories, and Current Trends in Health Informatics

Health Policy and Management
Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Mon 06/05/2017 - Wed 06/14/2017
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 5:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Pamela Davis
Course Instructor :
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Introduces students to commonly-used terminology and concepts in health informatics; it is more than just the building and programming of databases and IT. Explores many definitions for informatics, and the difference between public health, population health, and clinical informatics, along with ways to evaluate Health IT through studying informatics frameworks and in-class activities. Offers students a look into the current developments, policies, and trends in the field of informatics from CMS’s Meaningful use, Health Information Exchanges, and the growing use of mobile and electronic technology for provider and consumer use. Students have the chance to speak with researchers and developer in the field of mHealth. Students also participate in mock meetings where they assume roles of the different stakeholders that are typically at the table when building new information systems.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe key definitions and concepts that are used in the field of health informatics
  2. Explore the current trends and topics in the field of health informatics (m-health, population health, clinical informatics, Meaningful use, Health Information exchanges, interoperability, etc.)
  3. Exercise the different roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders involved in informatics projects, through mock development meetings to build and evaluate health information systems.
  4. Effectively communicate basic informatics needs from the point of view of the health professional and the IT specialist through mock stake holder interviews.
Methods of Assessment:

10% attendance; 20% participation in class discussion and activities; 40% in class activities; 30% paper relating to the in-class activity and concepts learned in the class

Instructor Consent:

No consent required