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Transformational Technologies for
Biology, Medicine, and Health
HA&S 396A & MEBI 498A, Spring, '09

A 3-credit undergraduate course in Biomedical & Health Informatics

Instructor: John Gennari, 616-6641
Class location: Mary Gates Hall, rm 206
Class times: Tue/Thurs, 1:30pm -- 2:50pm
Office hours: By appointment or Thurs at 3:00pm

Note: Non-honors students must register into MEBI 498A (both numbers refer to the same class).

Course description:

In this course, you will learn how information technology is transforming the study and practice of biology, medicine, and health care. We introduce the field of biomedical & health informatics through four modules that focus on current technologies in the field: (1) Electronic personal health records, (2) Medical imaging informatics, (3) Bioinformatics and information retrieval, and (4) Public health surveillance systems. The technologies we cover in these modules arose from multi-disciplinary research—some blending of computer science, information science, biology research, and clinical research.

Each module includes (a) some hands-on experience with a specific software application, (b) discussion of the pragmatic uses and implications of the software, (c) discussion of the theory and concepts underlying that application, and (d) a hands-on assignment where students (or teams of students) must use, modify or adapt the software to a particular setting or purpose. In addition, across the modules, we will learn common themes and open research problems that hold in the field of biomedical informatics.

See also the course objectives.

Students with Disabilities

To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services: 448 Schmitz, 206-543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from DSS indicating that you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to me so we can discuss the accommodations you might need in the class. Academic accommodations due to disability will not be made unless the student has a letter from DSS specifying the type and nature of accommodations needed.

Last Updated:
Feb, '09

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See also 2008 version of this course.