Introduction to Health Informatics

About This Course

This is a survey course designed to provide a broad, forward-facing overview of contemporary health informatics, a specialized field of computing that seeks to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery. To understand health informatics (HIT) you also need to have at least a basic understanding of the complex and highly regulated US healthcare industry. The course is designed for students from diverse backgrounds and who have not been previously exposed to HIT. It is divided into three sections: 1. The US healthcare delivery and the key role of the federal government in promoting HIT adoption 2. The core technologies that drive all contemporary HIT systems and tools 3. The real world applications of HIT from electronic medical and personal health records to exploiting digital data aggregated from them for research and other purposes

Why Take This?

Healthcare is the largest industry in the US. Spurred by new federal programs and incentives, the adoption of health IT is growing very rapidly, leading to many new career and entrepreneurial opportunities. The increasing use of modern web, mobile and sensor technologies in health informatics is also growing rapidly and is leading to many new and innovative approaches. Students who are trained and well-qualified in this field are in great demand.

Prerequisites and Requirements

The course is self-contained so there are no academic prerequisites. A knowledge of web programming (e.g. Java, Javascript, C++, C-sharp) is required by at least some members of each team to do the team project.
This survey course provides a broad, forward-facing overview of contemporary health informatics within the context of the US healthcare delivery system.