What is Biomedical and Health Informatics?

January, 2018


William Hersh, M.D.
Professor and Chair

Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
Oregon Health & Science University
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This page contains materials that answer a question I am frequently asked: What is Biomedical and Health Informatics? In addition to providing many links to key sites around the Web for biomedical and health informatics, it also provides a voice-over-Powerpoint lecture (requiring Flash, HTML 5, or the Articulate iPad Player) that addresses the question from my perspective. The slides of the lecture are also provided in PDF handout format, with another PDF file of references cited. The lectures are derived from content of my courses in our Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the 10x10 ("ten by ten") course we offer in partnership with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). (The online lectures here use the same technology that we use in our courses.) This page also provides a list of recent textbooks, some links to papers I have written, and links to important professional organizations for the field.

The lecture is divided into segments, and includes the following:
All of the references and Web site links from the slides are in an additional PDF of references and Web site links.

There are a number of books written about the field as a whole and various aspects of it. Some major books include:
There are also a number of publications I have written that address aspects of the field:
In addition, there are a number of professional organizations concerned with biomedical and health informatics :
How does one obtain more information about education in biomedical and health informatics?
Last updated - January 28, 2018