Healthcare Informatics

Healthcare Informatics

This eight-week online course is designed to give those contemplating a move into healthcare informatics an in-depth overview of the field’s key topics as well as a chance to pursue particular areas of interest.

As one of the world’s fastest-growing interdisciplinary fields, the demand for knowledgeable and experienced staff and faculty in healthcare informatics has far outpaced the number of available trainees.

According to research, the field is expected to grow at twice the rate of employment overall in the upcoming years.

Invest in your education and receive a preferential New Year New You rate. Save 20% on your UChicago online short course fee if you register and pay before February 26, 2019, using the promo code UCH-HCI-NEWME2019.


This eight-week online course draws on the resources of esteemed faculty and the University of Chicago’s programs in genomic research, translational medicine, and computation. It is designed to give those contemplating a move into healthcare informatics an in-depth overview of the field’s key topics as well as a chance to pursue particular areas of interest.

As part of the course, students will explore how biomedical information systems are created and managed, while also learning about career strategies for how best to achieve their goals within the field.  

What will set you apart

This online short course in healthcare informatics will empower you to: 

  • Understand the scope and history of this broad interdisciplinary field while assessing future directions for growth and current job opportunities
  • Identify how health information technology (HIT) can be implemented and used to create positive change through understanding the current healthcare landscape in the United States
  • Gain up-to-date knowledge of electronic medical records (EMRs) and their requirements of integration and interoperability, while familiarizing yourself with issues of meaningful use and other governmental regulations
  • Make quality assessments and implement change through an overview of healthcare delivery, implementation science, and clinical workflow analysis and redesign
  • Become familiar with the trend of mobile health technology and its application in telemedicine and wearables
  • Understand key topics in health information management, including security, privacy, and confidentiality of patient data, as well as mandatory policies regarding data handling and reporting

    Course Information

    Length 8 weeks online (excl. orientation)
    Effort 9 - 12 hours per week
    Register and pay before February 26, 2019 and use the promo code UCH-HCI-NEWME2019 to save 20% on your UChicago online short course fee.

    Meet Your Instructor

    Dr. Samuel Volchenboum, faculty director of MScBMI

    Samuel Volchenboum, MD, PhD, MS

    Samuel Volchenboum is associate professor of pediatrics and is a practicing pediatric oncologist. He directs the Center for Research Informatics, the 40-person group that provides research support to the Biological Sciences Division, including high-performance computing, HIPAA-compliant storage and backup, bioinformatics, and data warehousing and business analytics. Dr. Volchenboum oversees data governance efforts for the division and the medical center. In addition to being board certified in pediatrics and pediatric oncology, he completed a fellowship in and attained board certification in clinical informatics. His own research interests focus on leveraging large data sets to make inferences about and build models to describe and predict events in the hospital. He is faculty director for the Master Program in Biomedical Informatics in the Graham School