Fundamentals of Health Informatics




This course is designed to provide an introduction of basic concepts and recurrent themes in Health Informatics (HI)- an emergent discipline that deals with the collection, storage, retrieval communication and use of health-related data, information and knowledge. During the course we will explore a number of topics central to understanding of the field including the motivation for HI; Biomedical data, information and knowledge; technological support for decision making (including predictive analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence); the main types of information systems in health care and their design; and organizational and societal issues.


Students who participate in this class will get exposure to recurrent themes and IT applications in Health Informatics. Students should be able to:

  • Understand the scope and breadth of Health Informatics.

  • Understand how information and communication technology can be used to capture, store, analyze, and disseminate health and clinical information in order to improve quality, safety and efficiency.

  • Understand how technology may be used to support decision-making processes in health care.

  • Apply theoretical concepts from social and information sciences in the design, implementation and evaluation of health informatics initiatives.

  • Discuss societal, organizational and ethical issues that surround the application of technology in health care settings.

  • Be able to analyze health informatics initiatives and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.


Karim Keshavjee

Karim Keshavjee

Program Director – Health Informatics (MHI)