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Introduction to Biomedical and Public Health Informatics


Summer term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Hadi Kharrazi

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


Information technology increasingly becomes the platform where health professionals---be they clinical or public health---ply their trade. IT is a different sort of intervention, because it is about the professional's work, as much as it is part of that work. In these course, we tackle the roles that IT is taking on in healthcare and public health, and develop a framework for understanding that role, from low-level technology, data, information , and knowledge, and IT systems through workflow, human needs, and organizational imperatives. Along the way, we discuss evidence supporting impact, whether positive or negative.

Provides a survey of issues in health IT and informatics, taking the system's perspective. Students leave with a number of frameworks they can use to critically appraise a wide variety of health IT problems and systems. Issues in common to clinical (medical) and public health information problems, as well as issues unique to each, are discussed.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify social, biomedical, and technological imperatives and risks for health IT and informatics
  2. Describe the basic functions of database and Web technologies
  3. Distinguish among data, information and knowledge
  4. Describe the levels of interoperability standards, explain core issues of usability and diagram workflow
  5. Match theories of information needs to specific instances
  6. Explain policy issues of health IT and informatics at the national and individual levels and the application of health IT and informatics principles to public health
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on homework assignments, quizzes, livetalk participation, and a final group project.

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduates are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This is the same course as SOM 600.903