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Introduction to Biomedical and Health Informatics

The Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) at Oregon Health & Science University will be offering another Biomedical Informatics Distance Learning Course as part of the AMIA 10x10 Program.

The goal of this course is to provide a detailed overview of biomedical and health informatics to those who will work at the interface of healthcare and information technology (IT). The course also aims to provide an entry point for those wishing further study (and/or career development) in the field. Although the course has a clinical orientation, many non-clinicians working in health IT environments have found the course accessible and the knowledge gained invaluable to their professional development.


The course provides a broad understanding of the field from the vantage point of those who implement, lead, and develop IT solutions for improving health, healthcare, public health, and biomedical research. It provides up-to-date details on current events in the field, including electronic health records, data standards and interoperability, clinical decision support, healthcare data analytics, population health, patient engagement, and telemedicine. It also describes and sets the context for new technologies, such as SMART on FHIR, machine learning, wearables, and blockchain. Also covered are informatics issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meet Your Course Director

Dr. William Hersh, Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, serves as the Director of the OHSU 10x10 offering.

Dr. Hersh has been at OHSU since 1990, where he developed research and educational programs in medical informatics. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to the field. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Hersh also maintains the Informatics Professor Blog.

Additional Information

OHSU 10x10 participants have the option of attending the in-person session associated with any AMIA meeting within one year of their taking the class and not just the session that occurs at the end of the offering in which they are enrolled.

(We also allow participants to forego the in-person session if hardship or other reasons prevent them from attending a session, although we strongly encourage attendance to complete their learning experience.)

OHSU is committed to providing equal access to qualified students who experience a disability in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act (ADA-AA) of 2008. If you have a disability or think you may have a disability (physical, sensory, chronic health, psychological, or learning) please contact the Office for Student Access at (503) 494-0082 or to discuss eligibility for academic accommodations. Because accommodations may take time to implement and cannot be applied retroactively, it is important to have this discussion as soon as possible. All information regarding a student's disability is kept in accordance with relevant state and and federal laws.

Learn more about Student Access:

Phone: (503) 494-0082

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For additional questions about the 10x10 program, please contact the AMIA Education Team or find answers on the FAQs page.

Contact us

Registration Deadline:
Dates and Times: -
Type: AMIA 10x10
Course Format(s): On Demand
Course Level: Introductory
Domains: Clinical Informatics
Price: AMIA members - $1999, Non-members - $2395
Weekly Commitment: 4-8 hours
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