Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
This course introduces the unique characteristics of clinical and life science data and the methods for representation and transformation of biomedical data, information, and knowledge to improve human health. The course will provide an overview of basic concepts and will serve as a Launchpad into other more focused courses that explore the computational and analytics needs of BMI, as well as the clinical, research and translational applications of informatics. There will be three major themes: Information representation, management and sharing: biomedical data representation and management; standards, terminologies, and ontologies such as HL7, IHE, SNOMED, ICD-9; Privacy, confidentiality and data sharing. Clinical Informatics: Health care environment and processes; electronic health records and management; clinical decision making clinical information retrieval clinical natural language processing. Imaging informatics: radiological image modalities; DICOM and PACS systems; computer-aided diagnosis; digital pathology; analytical pathology imaging. This course will provide hands-on assignments for the participants to familiarize the concepts.
Computer Science for Biomedical Informatics
This course presents the fundamentals of computer science and problem solving for computer programming. Students learn how computers store and manipulate data using programming languages and algorithms and how computers are controlled by operating systems and networked. Software engineering, data abstractions, and database management systems are described. Applications include computer graphics and artificial intelligence. A theory of computing is presented. Approaches to devising solutions to biomedical problems are discussed. Structured programming tools are presented including sequential and decision logic and loops. Data and file operations are explained including processing arrays, sorting, stacks, queues, linked lists, and binary trees. Object-oriented programming and sequential file applications are discussed.