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Population Health Informatics

2nd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2018 - 2019
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Hadi Kharrazi

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 IT to population health. Covers the uses of health IT 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. Reviews the potential value of various data sources for risk stratification of populations including: insurance claims, comprehensive electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), health information exchanges (HIEs), and mobile health data. Emphasizes the challenges of “Big Data” and data quality in population health management. 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. Describe the high-level terms, concepts, and challenges in health informatics
  2. Summarize common terms, paradigms, methods and standards used in population health IT
  3. Describe the role of consumer health IT in population health management
  4. Identify traditional and emerging data types that can be used to improve population health risk stratification
  5. Summarize health IT tools, analytical methods, and visualization tools that are used to explore and stratify risk among patient populations
  6. Discuss the challenges of using big and non-interoperable data sources for population health analytic
  7. Identify health information exchange history, architecture, data types, functions, and its role in population health management
  8. Identify the benefits and challenges of using electronic health records within learning health systems to empower population health management efforts
  9. Describe government policies and health IT advancements that align and target both population and public health outcomes
Methods of Assessment:

live talks (10%), discussion forum (25%), weekly quizzes (45%), and a final term paper/review (20%). Please see "Methods of Assessment Details" for additional information.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required