BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics

(web-based and classroom instruction)
3 semester credit hours/meets part of basic informatics component

This introductory graduate level survey course provides an overview of Biomedical Informatics and Health Information Technology and introduces the student to the major areas of the evolving discipline. The competencies for graduate education in the discipline are presented as well as the definitions of biomedical informatics. A systems framework for understanding informatics is also considered. The course focuses on the application of information technology across the breadth of biomedical informatics for care delivery, education, and research. The knowledge and skills presented in this course will help the student progress to other more advanced or specialized courses throughout the curriculum since an understanding of health care, health information technology and recent governmental efforts is necessary in order to function in the biomedical informatics discipline.

Upon successfully completing this course, students will:

  • Define the discipline of biomedical informatics, data types and use of data, information and knowledge.
  • Utilize foundational terminology and concepts for informatics, patient safety, and quality.
  • Diagram the relationships between standards, vocabularies, databases, electronic health records, evidence based medicine, clinical decision support, and clinical practice guidelines.
  • Compose a syntactically correct SQL statement using SELECT, WHERE, and JOIN.
  • Utilize an electronic health record to enter data for a patient from the perspectives of the scheduler, medical assistant, physician, and billing coder.
  • Collaborate with a team to investigate a specific research topic in biomedical informatics using current and relevant literature in the field.
  • Compare and contrast the disciplines of health information technology, health informatics, biomedical informatics, and bioinformatics.

All students are required to take BMI 5300, Introduction to Biomedical Informatics, in their first semester.