BMI 5382 Synthesis Project of Public Health Informatics

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

This course provides an opportunity for students to gain practical, hands-on cumulating knowledge and experience in PHI. This project should reflect a substantial effort and competency of synthesis in informatics developed through the course training that address core competencies of the PHI system by working through a problem of the student’s choice. The selected problem should be discussed and approved by a faculty mentor. This should be tied to research/practice of a student’s interest that includes one or more didactic modules covered in the prior courses. The synthesis project should be based upon the combined efforts of (online) library database search, fieldwork, and mentored research approved by the mentor(s). Expectations of the class include the presentation of the conclusions from the project in a written manner for academic dissemination as a conference abstract/poster.

Upon successfully completing this course, the student will:

  • Evaluate public health informatics research and evidence-based practice.
  • Assess a community-related public health problem.
  • Analyze determination and distribution of community public health concerns.
  • Apply practice guidelines, scientific models and core competencies.
  • Interpret public health/census data using library databases and community resources to develop a community intervention plan.