Description: Health informatics applies to a wide range of health-related application domains a set of methods to create and study information resources intended to improve individual to population health. The course explores the domains of clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics.
Learning Objectives: 1. Describe challenges currently faced by individuals seeking to improve health using information resources in each of four application domains presented in the course, Clinical, Consumer Health, Public Health, and Biomedical Research.
2. Articulate what is required to develop and deploy health information resources that are truly assistive and helpful for their direct and indirect users, including the phases of developing proposals, developing implementations, and managing operations along with the necessary organizational change management methods.
3. Explain how and why the key methods, such as standards development, natural language processing, image processing, etc., used in health informatics are essential to creating information resources that have the potential to improve health.
4. Describe the components of a computing system’s architecture and how those components support the storage, manipulation, transformation, and use of health data.
5. Effectively link or connect the four concepts of infrastructure, health information exchange, interoperability, and standards in a manner that helps explain how these concepts interrelate to enable potentially improved health information resources.
6. Read and assess health informatics literature critically.
7. Assess key stakeholders and describe the implications of health informatics adoption for each stakeholder.
8. Be able to concisely explain confusing or challenging health informatics concepts (including policies, evaluation methods, and technical approaches) through your own writing and be able to argue for or against others’ positions about health informatics topics in your own words.
9. Describe, with depth of understanding and in detail, what health informatics is and is not, or what health informatics entails and does not entail, for an expert audience and also for an audience unfamiliar with the field.