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Clinical Informatics Programs

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Clinical Informatics Track

Clinical informatics transforms health care by analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information and communication systems to improve patient care, enhance access to care, advance individual and population health outcomes, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship. Professionals in clinical informatics occupy a wide variety of positions in health care, research, government, and other institutions, where they use data and information to improve individual health, health care delivery, public health, and biomedical research.

The OHSU Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program offers degrees in clinical informatics at the graduate certificate, master’s and PhD level. The programs are primarily designed to meet the educational needs of two types of students – the health care professional seeking additional training in information management and technology and the non-health care professional seeking training in understanding health care and its use of information and technology.

Primary Faculty

Information Retrieval, Health IT Workforce Development

Computerized Provider Order Entry, Qualitative Research Methods

Text Mining, Machine Learning, Text Classification and Extraction

Telemedicine, Image Analysis, Electronic Health Records

Clinical Decision Making

Ontologies, Structure Clinical Documentation

Privacy and Security in Healthcare

Sociotechnical Aspects of IT in Healthcare

Use of Secondary Data in Healthcare, Clinical Research Informatics

Consumer Health Informatics, Clinical Diagnostic Reasoning

Health Information Management, Cultural Diversity


Graduate Certificate

The objectives of this program are to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of information in health care. In addition, students will gain a sound basis for implementing, developing, maintaining and managing health information resources and systems in health care, as well as skills in the management of health information, technology and decision making. The course of study is most useful for those interested in gaining skills in biomedical informatics to complement their existing career as a physician, nurse, other health care professional, IT professional, administrator or librarian.

The curriculum consists of eight, 3-credit classes for a total of 24 credits. Students are required to complete the following three courses:

Five electives (15 credits) will be chosen from offerings in the current course catalog .


The primary goal of both master’s degree programs, the Master of Science (MS) and the Master of Biomedical Informatics (MBI), is to educate future developers and managers of health care information systems. Individuals with a variety of backgrounds are provided a strong technical grounding in biomedical informatics, health and medicine, computer science, and research methods so that they may assume positions that require a thorough understanding of both information technology and the health care environment.

Accreditation. The Clinical Informatics track of the master’s program was accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) in 2012.

Coursework The masters program consists of the following core curriculum:

  • Clinical Informatics
  • Evaluative Sciences
  • Health Care
  • Organization Behavior and Project Management
  • Computer Science

Graduation requirements Master of Science: The MS curriculum consists of 55 credits (43 credits of course work and 12 credits of thesis work).


The PhD in Biomedical Informatics supplies students with a core knowledge base of biomedical informatics and the skills to carry out advanced independent research or take on leadership roles that require a thorough understanding of information technology, health and biomedicine.

Coursework makes up an important part of the PhD curriculum. In addition to work on the dissertation and research, students obtain a deep understanding of the field through high-level coursework in biomedical informatics, advanced research methods and design, and a specialized cognate area. One of the most unique aspects of the program is this requirement for in-depth training in a cognate area such as Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Science Engineering, Public Health, Nursing, System Science, Anthropology, Education or Health Information Management. Courses for the cognate area can be taken from the OHSU School of Science Engineering or nearby Portland State University.

The PhD program consists of the following core curriculum:

• Core Knowledge of Biomedical Informatics
• Doctoral Symposium
• Biostatistics
• Mentored Teaching
• Advance Research Methods
• Research/Dissertation
• Cognate Area of Study

A minimum of 135 credits are required for graduation. The table below details the distribution of credits. There will be a residency requirement of 12 – 15 credits for six consecutive terms in accordance with the by-laws of the School of Medicine Graduate Council.

Distribution of Credits

Demonstration of Biomedical Informatics Knowledge

Minimum 48 credits of subject courses required. Students with a background in certain areas (e.g. medicine) may substitute other courses but still must complete minimum 48 credits

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