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Foundational Knowledge is a component of AMIA’s Health Informatics Essentials, a series of educational offerings that promote the profession of health informatics and its power to transform health care.

Target Audience

Professionals involved in direct or indirect care of patients who desire to learn more about the practice of health informatics coming from a range of educational and training pathways including, but not limited to nursing, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, health informatics, and computer science.

Learning Objective

After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to:

  • Identify key health informatics concepts and skills and their relationship to health informatics practice.

This Internet enduring material activity has been planned as a CME and nurse CE activity.


Foundational Knowledge offers learners 18 lectures focusing on fundamental concepts in health informatics.

The video lectures, ranging in length from 7 to 32 minutes, are organized into the following four modules.

  • Key Aspects in the Discipline of Health Informatics
  • Fundamental Informatics Concepts, Models, and Theories
  • Conceptual Frameworks
  • Computer Programming Fundamentals and Computational Thinking
  • Fundamentals of Data, Databases, and Analytics
  • Knowledge Management and Information Science
  • Basic Epidemiology and Bio-statistical Methods and Principles
  • Ethics and Practice in Health Informatics

  • Implementation Science and Evidence-based Practice
  • Theories on Implementation, Adoption, and Effective Use of HIS
  • User-centered Design Principles

  • Vocabularies, Terminologies and Nomenclatures
  • Data Taxonomies and Ontologies
  • Development and Use of Transaction Standards

  • The Health System, Lecture 1
  • The Health System, Lecture 2
  • Key Regulatory, Policy and Economic Frameworks in Healthcare Delivery and Financing
  • Forces Shaping Healthcare Access, Delivery, and Quality


In addition to the 18 videos, the CME/CNE-certified course offers:

  • 18 downloadable scripts of the videos, with hyperlinked references and resources for additional study
  • 5 Self-assessment questions
  • "Deeper Dive" assignment for the learner to reflect on how the knowledge gained may influence future practice

Faculty Information

Deborah Ariosto, PhD, RN-BC, FAMIA
Formerly Vanderbilty University
Barbara Berkovich, PhD, MA
Adjunct Clinical Professor
University of San Diego
Jane M. Carrington, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAMIA
Associate Professor
The University of Florida
Timothy P. Coffin, PhD, MPA, LSSMBB, PMP
Celtiq, LLC
Director, Real-world Data Analytics & Innovation
Merck Research Laboratories
Susan H. Fenton, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Curricular Affairs
UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics
Lyn Hardy, PhD, RN, FAAN
Independent Contractor
Susan C. Hull, MSN, RN-BC, NEA, FAMIA
Principal, Consumer Health Informatics
MITRE Corporation
Sina Madani, MD, PhD, FAMIA
Principal Knowledge Engineer, HealthIT
Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center
Scott D. Nelson, PharmD, MS, CPHIMS, FAMIA
Assistant Professor
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Abiel Roche-Lima, PhD
IIS Core Director, Assistant Professor
University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus

Accreditation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education for Nurses

American Medical Informatics Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

  • Approved Contact Hours: 5 contact hours  
  • Lead Nurse Planner (ANCC-criteria compliance): Juliana J. Brixey, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN
  • Nurse Planner (Content): Lynda R. Hardy, PhD, RN, FAAN

Cancellation/Refund Policy

AMIA does not offer refunds for online products. We are always happy to discuss any issues you may be having with our online courses.

Registration Information

  • Upon purchase you will receive an access link via email.
  • Purchase of this product includes 1-year subscription access.
  • Using your AMIA login, you will have access to the content for a year – from date of purchase.
Dates and Times: -
Type: Health Informatics Essentials
Course Format(s): On Demand
Course Level: Introductory to Intermediate
Price: Member: $199, Nonmember: $399
Time To Complete: 5 Hours
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