SPPH302.doc - SPPH 302 Course Syllabus Course General Info Course Title Topics in Health Informatics for Health/Life Sciences Students Course Level

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SPPH 302 Course Syllabus Course General Info Course Title: Topics in Health Informatics for Health/Life Sciences Students Course Level: Undergraduate Credit Value: 3 hours Course Location & Times: Room: Woodward 5 Woodward IRC 2194 Health Sciences Mall l Thursday Afternoons – 4PM - 7PM Instructor Contact Info & Office Hours: Larry Frisch M.D., M.P.H. Clinical Professor, School of Population and Public Health Communication with Instructor: Email through the course CONNECT site is the best way to communicate. I will answer emails within 24 hours. In case of an emergency – contact me through [email protected] and please put the course number (SPPH 302) on the message title so that I know the message is from a student. Course Description
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Health Informatics is a study at the crossroads of medicine, technology and information science. This course is an introduction to the field, providing a foundation for those interested in further study around computers and information science in the life and health sciences. While we will consider informatics across a broad range of healthcare services, we will look whenever relevant at applications affecting public health practice. Intended Students SPPH 302 presupposes little prior computing background. You’ll need to be able to load programs on your PC or Mac and access a variety of sites on the Web. The rest should take care of itself! This a course for students with background in biology and/or health who want to learn what informatics tools will likely be adding to their discipline over the coming years (and what’s already there!) It is also a course that should be useful for students who already have a solid background in computer science but want an introduction to the special challenges (and vocabulary) of healthcare. Course Learning Objectives These are the official learning objectives approved by UBC: Overall Goal: To acquaint students with a range of topics linking the tools of informatics with specific challenges in health care delivery and the assessment and maintenance of public and population health. Upon completion of SPPH302 the student will be able to: 1. Outline the origin and history of health informatics and explain associated terms. 2. Describe health informatics, its uses, potential, pros and cons, current issues and impact on practice. 3. Explain various purposes of data in the health context, how data can be stored and queried in health applications and quality assurance methods in data management. 4. Explore a variety of health informatics innovations to assist in providing quality healthcare, for example, to: retrieve information and manage data across various professional fields;
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assist in clinical decision making; collaborate and communicate, particularly across professions; assist in health services in remote and rural locations.
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