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 EPI 206

Medical Informatics
EPI 206 Winter 2018 (1 unit)


Information technologies are transforming the way we research, produce, and deliver health care, presenting both opportunities and pitfalls for conducting clinical research. Technologies such as electronic medical records, clinical data repositories, machine learning, and wearable sensors introduce both strengths and weaknesses to conducting efficient, HIPAA-compliant, and unbiased research. This course is an introduction to the most important technical, clinical, and social aspects of health information technology as they relate to clinical research. At the conclusion of this course, students will:

  • Be familiar with core concepts in medical informatics: vocabularies, interchange standards, decision support systems;
  • Understand how computers are used to manage information in health care and to support clinical research;
  • Recognize the methods and technologies underlying “Big Data” and how they complement more traditional clinical research methods; and
  • Be introduced to a growing set of tools and platforms for conducting digitally-powered clinical research.

Designing Clinical Research (EPI 202). Exceptions to this prerequisite may be made with the consent of the Course Director, space permitting.


Course Director:

Ida Sim, MD, PhD
Campus Phone: 415-502-4519
email: ida.sim@ucsf.edu


Course content will be delivered through weekly interactive lectures. These will take place on Tuesdays from 8:45 AM to 10:15 AM, Jan. 9 to Feb. 13.

All course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's online syllabus.



Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine (Health Informatics) by E.H. Shortliffe, J.J. Cimino. Springer-Verlag. 2006.

Books may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g., Amazon.com).


Grades will be based on total points achieved on two problem set homework assignments (~60%) and the final problem set (~40%). Please note that late assignments are not accepted. Graded problem sets will be returned one week after the due date.

Students not in full-year TICR Programs who satisfactorily pass all course requirements will, upon request, receive a Certificate of Course Completion.

UCSF Graduate Division Policy on Disabilities


This course is open to a limited number of individuals outside of the ATCR and Master's programs. Preference is given to UCSF-affiliated personnel. We regret that auditing is not permitted.

To apply for this course, please fill out and submit the application below. Please see our fees page for cost information. The deadline for application is December 22, 2017. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

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