About this Course
16,596 recent views

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

While there are no prerequisites, prior experience with, or knowledge of, health, healthcare, technology, and statistics are helpful.

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Check

    Articulate a coherent problem definition of, and a plan for addressing, a healthcare informatics problem.

  • Check

    Create an Informatics Stack analysis of an informatics problem.

  • Check

    Describe eleven socio-technical aspects of a health informatics problem or solution.

Skills you will gain

healthDigital HealthHealth InformaticsDecision AnalysisInformatics

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

While there are no prerequisites, prior experience with, or knowledge of, health, healthcare, technology, and statistics are helpful.

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Overview of Health Informatics

In this module, you will be given an introduction to the course and its foundational concepts. After providing examples of health IT in the contexts of patients, providers, and populations—the three contexts we always return to—we articulate the drivers that motivate developments in health IT and informatics. We then provide the core definitions of key terms (like “health IT” and “informatics”) and introduce the core framework for your work in this course, the Informatics Stack.

...
11 videos (Total 106 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
11 videos
Populations8m
Imperatives: Quality9m
Imperatives: Safety9m
Imperatives: Costs5m
Imperatives: Technology9m
Definitions10m
The Stack12m
Using the Stack13m
1 reading
The Stack10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz30m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

World, Organization, Roles, Function

In this module, we start our journey down the Stack to explain the world of informatics and health IT. We explore the top four levels of the Stack (World, Organization, Roles, and Functions), and then proceed to discuss new US medical-care (“World”) policies that drive health care Organizations to change practice, so they can accomplish their core Functions. We also discuss the history of health IT in relation to such policies in the past. We begin a course-long discussion of interoperability (which occurs at each level of the Stack), and privacy/confidentiality/security. We end with an explication of methods used to Evaluate whether an IT project has achieved the Organizational goals set for that project.

...
6 videos (Total 81 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
Interoperability12m
Privacy, Confidentiality, Security20m
Evaluation13m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz45m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Workflow, Information System, Modules

In this module, we continue the journey, starting with the role of needs, requirements, and specifications. We then turn to how workflow issues are turned into requirements and how information systems, built to satisfy those requirements, are assembled. We close with the cautionary notes of how poorly built systems harm the very workflows they were designed to improve.

...
6 videos (Total 71 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
The Modules Comprising Clinical Information Systems4m
Developing Software11m
Harming Workflow10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz30m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Data, Information, Knowledge, Technology

This module concludes our journey with discussions of Data, Information, Knowledge, and Technology. Regarding data, we discuss their sources and types and provide examples. We go on to explain differences between information and data, and between knowledge and information. Standards are most important at this level, and we discuss the exchange of text and imaging data. Regarding technology, we use the Hype Cycle as a way for you to keep track of what new technologies are doing what and when. We close with a framework for thinking about careers in health IT and informatics.

...
11 videos (Total 100 min), 2 quizzes
11 videos
Knowledge9m
Putting DIKW Together4m
Data Exchange15m
Interoperability Revisited: Text Data11m
Interoperability: Images8m
Making It Work Together6m
Technology: Hype Cycles4m
Careers7m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz35m
4.7
7 ReviewsChevron Right

33%

started a new career after completing these courses

25%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Top reviews from The Social and Technical Context of Health Informatics

By MSJul 8th 2019

This course is great for beginners in the field of Health Informatics. I really enjoyed it and learnt some new fundamentals concepts and models. Thanks for the effort put in this course

By EJMay 23rd 2019

I want a career in Informatics and to work at John Hopkins!! Here I come!!

Instructor

Avatar

Harold P. Lehmann, MD, Ph.D.

Professor and Director
Division of Health Sciences Informatics

About Johns Hopkins University

The mission of The Johns Hopkins University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world....

About the Health Informatics Specialization

This Specialization is intended for health professionals, administrators, health IT staff, vendors, startups, and patients who need or want to participate in the health IT/informatics process. Throughout the five courses of this Specialization, you will learn about the social and technical context of health informatics problems, how to successfully implement health informatics interventions, how to design a health informatics solution for decision support, and how to answer a health informatics problem through data retrieval and analysis....
Health Informatics

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

More questions? Visit the Learner Help Center.