BMI 5310 Foundations of Biomedical Information Sciences I

(web-based and classroom instruction)
3 semester credit hours/meets part of foundations competencies
Prerequisite: BMI 5300 or consent of instructor

This course provides an overview of topics, concepts, theories and methods that form the foundations of biomedical information sciences. It gives students the fundamental knowledge and skills to pursue further study in biomedical informatics. Foundations I presents a general framework for health information science as the construction and use of symbolic, mathematical, and computational models for solving problems throughout the range of biomedical science, from genetics to clinical care to public health. It covers concepts, theories and methods that deal with how biomedical information is acquired, discovered, represented, managed, organized, communicated, retrieved, and processed. It also provides an overview of the primary research and application areas in health information science.

Upon successfully completing this course, students will:

  • Apply the thought processes of health informatics to real world problems
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using information technology in healthcare
  • Discuss the role of Data, Information, and Knowledge in modern healthcare
  • Read and discuss the contemporary Informatics scientific literature
  • Identify topics of personal interest for future in-depth study and explorations
  • Develop beginning-level programming skills in Python