Division of Health Sciences Informatics Core and Domain Courses

The core curriculum provides training in the fundamental principles of informatics, with examples from across the healthcare continuum. Please note the special registration procedure for online courses at the bottom of the page. The ME course numbers are for students registering through the School of Medicine or School of Nursing. Students enrolled at the Bloomberg School of Public Health should register for these courses through the SPH using the course numbers assigned through the Department of Health Policy and Management www.jhsph.edu/dept/hpm/certificates/informatics/curriculum.html. If no SPH number is listed, SPH students should register inter-divisionally using the SOM course number.

PLEASE NOTE THE ADD/DROP DATES FOR THE 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR

Date for withdrawal from a masters or certificate program with full refund is September 14, 2018, based on two weeks from start of classes.

Quarter 1 September 4 – October 26, 2018
Drop date – September 14, 2018
Quarter 2 October 29 – December 21, 2018
Drop date – November 11, 2018
Quarter 3 January 22 – March 15, 2019
Drop date – February 1, 2019
Quarter 4 March 25 – May 17, 2019
Drop date – April 5, 2019
Summer July 1 – August 23, 2019
Drop date – July 14, 2019

 

*All students with disabilities who require accommodations for this course should contact Catherine L. Will, Disability Services Coordinator for Graduate Biomedical Education (cwill@jhmi.edu or 410-614-3781) at their earliest convenience to discuss their specific needs. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive.

First Quarter

ME 600.903 Introduction to Public Health and Biomedical Informatics
(SPH Registrants: 315.707.81)

Harold Lehmann, MD, PhD
First Quarter *online

Introduces students to the core principles of informatics as applied to the entire range of health, from prevention, through illness, to population and public health. Focuses on frameworks within which to describe and explain health information systems. Provides to non-clinicians basic exposure to the terminology and concepts of clinical care and public health. Provides to technical novices basic exposure to IT terminology. Provides all students entry-level concepts and skills for later courses in the informatics sequences.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

ME 600.900 Health Information Systems: Design to Deployment
(SPH Registrants: 315.700.81)

Robert Miller, MD, 
First Quarter *online 

A review of health information systems, such as patient record, patient monitoring, imaging, public health, educational, bioinformatics and scholarly systems. This offering teaches the core architectures and technologies of these core systems, focusing on commonalities and differences and design.  *Prerequisite - 600.903 Introduction to Public Health and Biomedical Informatics.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

ME 600.904 HIT Standards and Systems Interoperability
(SPH Registrants: 315.708.81)

Anna Orlova, PhD
First Quarter *online

The purpose of this course is to learn the data, information, and knowledge standards critical to the successful implementation of local, regional, and national health-related information systems. Target competencies are to identify the appropriate level of HITSP standards for an informatics problem, and select the appropriate standard within that level; create use cases and an organizational process to define an interoperability standard for a specific healthcare/regional situation; participate in a national standards-creation process.  *Prerequisite - 600.903 Introduction to Biomedical and Public Health

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

Second Quarter

ME 600.914 Secondary Uses of Electronic Health Record Data
(SPH Registrants: 550.714.81)

Brandyn Lau
Second Quarter *online

Provides students with the skills to construct queries of EHR systems for research and quality-improvement projects. Topics include linking of identifiers, use of data dictionaries and standards, issues of privacy and security, issues of maintaining semantics, and alternative architectures for operational, data warehousing and data mart systems.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

ME 600.905 Clinical Informatics

Michael Boland MD PhD and George Kim MD
Second Quarter *online

Prerequisites – 2 – 4 years clinical experience or permission of the instructor
Focusing on the information-system life cycle, this course provides students with essential knowledge and skills to plan the specification, development, deployment, and evaluation of clinical systems in a wide variety of contexts, taking account the special needs and characteristics of clinical environments. Sample information systems include Bar Coding, Clinical Decision Support, Computerized Provider Order Entry, Consumer Health, Continuity of Care Record, Electronic Health Records, Electronic Prescribing, Health Information Exchange, Master Patient Index, Mobile, Personal Health Records, Telehealth.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

ME 600.902 Leading Change Through Health IT
(SPH Registrants: 315.703.81)

Peter Greene, MD and Ashwini Davison, MD
Second Quarter *online

Prepares learners to lead organizations implementing new IT systems. Covers the knowledge and skills that enable clinical and public health informaticians to lead and manage changes associated with implementation, adoption, and evaluation of effective use of health information systems.​ The course covers the following topics: Leadership & Governance in Health IT, Effective Teams in Health IT, Project Management, Strategic Planning for Health Information Systems, Workflow Reeingineering, and Change Management.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

PH 309.631.81 Population Health Informatics

(Offered by the School of Public Health)

Hadi H. K. Kharrazi and Jonathan Weiner

 

Second quarter *online

Introduces students to concepts, methods, and issues related to the application of health information technology (HIT) to population health. Emphasizes the population health potential of comprehensive electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), mobile health and telemedicine devices; and consumer focused internet-based tools. Covers the uses of HIT to define and identify populations and sub-populations of interest, describe the health status and needs of populations, improve the health of populations, and evaluate services provided to populations. Emphasizes the use of HIT within both local, regional and federal public health agencies and population-based private health care organizations such as integrated delivery systems and health insurance plans. Lessons are mainly US oriented but are also applicable to other high and middle income countries.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

ME 600.717 Medical Student Informatics Education

Ashwini Davison

Second quarter *online

Only offered to matriculated DHSI students, Instructor permission required.

Limited enrollment

Works with Division faculty to design and assist in the facilitation of educational activities to support medical students' attainment of informatics learning objectives.

Third Quarter

ME 600.907 Database Querying in Health

Sam Meiselman
Number of credits: 3
Third Quarter - online
Where: 2024 East Monument Street, Ste. 1-200, Rm. 1-207
 
This course introduces students to core concepts of relational databases along with special issues related to databases used in health information systems.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

ME 600.906 Real Time Disease Surveillance

Joseph Lombardo
Third Quarter *online

While surveillance has always been an essential service of public health, the past decade has established the need and the technology for automated surveillance. Such surveillance provides public health decision makers with requisite data on the order of hours or days, enabling them to respond during a significant public health event.
In this course, we will review the needs and the technologies and provide students with the basic knowledge and skills they need to be critical consumers of these technologies and to enable to follow the emerging research literature over the future.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

 

ME 600.717 Medical Student Informatics Education

Ashwini Davison

Third quarter *online

Only offered to matriculated DHSI students, Instructor permission required.

Limited enrollment

Works with Division faculty to design and assist in the facilitation of educational activities to support medical students' attainment of informatics learning objectives.

Fourth Quarter

ME 600.901 Health Sciences Informatics: Knowledge Engineering and Decision Support 
(SPH Registrants: 315.709.81)

Harold Lehmann, MD PhD 
Fourth Quarter *online

This course provides a framework for understanding decision support in the workflow of the health sciences. The focus is on the types of support needed by different decision makers, and the features associated with those types of support. A variety of decision support algorithms is discussed, examining advantages and disadvantages of each, with a strong emphasis on decision analysis as the basic science of decision making. Students are expected to demonstrate facility with one algorithm in particular through the creation of a working prototype, and to articulate the evidence for efficacy and effectiveness of various types of decision support in health sciences and practice, in general.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

ME 600.715 Natural Language Processing in the Health Sciences 

Ashwini Davison and Brant Chee 
Fourth Quarter 2019 on campus, (will go online following year)

There is significant demand in both academia, research and industry for informatics professionals who are well versed in natural language processing (NLP). In this course, students will be oriented to the various applications of NLP in biomedicine, healthcare and public health. The course will emphasize the importance of clearly defining what problem needs to be solved or what questions one seeks to get answered via the use of NLP. Approaches to data mining of free text from the biomedical literature, clinical narratives, and other novel data sources will be covered. There will be opportunities for students to develop NLP and machine learning algorithms. Applications of these tools in epidemiologic surveillance, clinical decision support, and other relevant use cases will be covered.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

ME 600.716 Informatics and the Clinical Research Lifecycle: Tools, Techniques, and Processes 

Diana Gumas and Casey Overby-Taylor
Fourth Quarter 2019 on campus, (will go online following year)

Research informatics deals with how informatics can and should support research and how research is altered by that support. The course addresses the entire life cycle of a clinical-research program: idea generation, team building, protocol development, obtaining funding, addressing ethical concerns, obtaining permissions, recruiting participants, providing the intervention and associated care, data collection, data analysis, data archiving, and results dissemination. The course addresses the related topic of translational informatics, incorporating the results of clinical and bioinformatics research into health practice. In each case, the course will highlight novel principles involved, tools available, evidence for their success, and implications for the future.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

For Medical Students, Residents

ME 600.601 TIME Course in Health IT/Informatics

Ashwini Davison, MD

This 4 half-days course is taught in the first year of the medical school curriculum (and is open only to those students). The goals of the course are for students to develop a broad picture of the uses of health IT, and the informatics principles underlying health IT and its evaluation and to serve as a prelude to learning the specific uses of health IT in the management of patients and patient populations.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

ME 600.699 Health Sciences Informatics Elective

Harold Lehmann, MD PhD
Timing dependent on mutual schedules (1 to 2 month's duration)

Attached to the Health Sciences Training Programs, this elective provides students with basic informatics research skills and knowledge, focused on health sciences applications, data, information, and knowledge, decision support, evaluation. Students participate in program meetings and seminars, conduct self-study, spend time at information technology settings (permission pending), and are responsible for a project report at the end of the elective. The report may range from a literature review, to a system specification, to working code, or other deliverable, depending on the interests and skills of the student.

Requires faculty permission. Inquire at least 3 months before desired start date.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

Other Required Courses for Degree Candidates

ME 600.810 Student Seminar & Grand Rounds

Weekly combined seminar and Grand Rounds during term. 1 credit per quarter provided students attend both seminar and Grand Rounds. Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor's permission. Grand Rounds is open to all for those not seeking course credit for attending. Details on speakers and remote access to the lecture may be found here on the Grand Rounds page.

ME 600.808 Health Sciences Informatics Capstone 

Harold Lehmann, MD PhD.
Fourth Quarter, Summer.

The purpose of the Capstone is to provide students an opportunity to:

  1. Demonstrate integration of skills and knowledge learned
  2. Develop a significant component of their portfolio
  3. Contribute to the field.

The Capstone Project will generally last 2 quarters. Students will join an active work group, supervised directly or indirectly by the practicum preceptor. They will also have a faculty advisor. The student will be responsible for spending time at the Capstone site, with specific timing to be negotiated with the practicum preceptor. Attendance may include participating in project and staff meetings, as well as front-line activity, such as working with clients.

The final report shall document attendance, how (or whether) the learning objectives were met, and shall include the report generated for the preceptor. A presentation will be made of the final report at a Capstone Presentation Seminar, with students, faculty, and capstone preceptors in attendance.

ME 600.804 MENTORED RESEARCH (RESEARCH STUDENTS ONLY)

This course number applies to Research Masters students and both lab rotations for PhD students and to continuing research for PhD students. The informatics research is precepted by a faculty member in the Division or approved by the Training Program Director. The research may originate with the preceptor or with the student, and may be at different phases of development. In the case of the lab rotation, most of the activity is supervised by the preceptor. In the case on ongoing research, there is supervision by the Training Program Director as well as the research committee assembled by the student. Milestones are set for each quarter. Please note that a comprehensive research plan must be submitted to the program director for approval no later than September 15 of Year 2. Failure to do so will result in probation for the student.

Other Courses

ME 600.806 Independent Study

Independent Study courses must be approved by the Program Director. Please note that it is important to follow the steps outlined below in order to comply with DHSI/SOM registration and grading policies. Students submit a course description to the Training Program Director, Course Instructor and Program Coordinator. The description will include the length of Independent Study (up to 2 quarters or 1 semester), the time commitment (given in hours per week or quarter), the student’s goals and what the deliverable will be. On approval by the Program Director, the Coordinator will supply you with the appropriate course number for registration. It is important that the course instructor be prepared to submit a letter grade on their departmental letterhead to the Program Coordinator.

Students not matriculated in our formal degree or certificate programs must seek the instructor’s permission.

* Please note:
All students except those attending the School of Public Health should contact Stacey Szczypinski
to obtain access to the online learning platform. sszczyp1@jhmi.edu, 443-287-6083