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BMI 5361 Informatics for Clinical Researchers

2 semester credit hours
Lecture contact hours: 2; Lab contact hours: 3
Web-based and classroom instruction
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

This course will train the next generation of clinical researchers in the basics of clinical information systems (CIS). Students will be introduced to the skills needed to both use the data that is derived from these systems as well as understand the issues surrounding the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of CIS-based interventions.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will:

  • Discuss the need for and integration of biomedical informatics and related tools used in clinical research.
  • Identify benefits and challenges of utilizing EHR data for clinical research.
  • Assess an i2b2 clinical data warehouse and determine whether it can be utilized for a specified clinical research question.
  • Utilize basic REDCap functionality for clinical research functions.
  • Ascertain appropriate health data standards for a given purpose.
  • Describe challenges and considerations when using natural language processing in clinical research.
  • Recognize opportunities for enhancing clinical and translational research by incorporating bioinformatics.
  • Evaluate consumer and external informatics sources for appropriate use in clinical research.