BMI 5380 Principles and Foundations of Public Health Informatics

(web-based and classroom instruction)
2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory
3 semester credit hours/meets part of the basic informatics competencies

This course provides foundational knowledge relevant to Public Health Informatics (PHI), and exposes students to emerging research and application areas in this field. Topics covered include: public health registries and databases, surveillance systems, data exchange and standards, interoperability issues, the role of informatics in health promotion, use of web 2.0 informatics tools to understand behavior change, public health communication and dissemination, public health policy, and project management.

Upon successfully completing this course, students will:

  • Define major domains in public health informatics.
  • Evaluate health promotion technologies using theories of behavior change.
  • Examine the structure and utility of the data standards in the public health domain.
  • Review information technologies that have significant application to public health practice.
  • Analyze intervention opportunities and specify system design requirements to address informational needs in real world public health settings.
  • Summarize policy analysis, project management, and technology implementation strategies for public health informatics.