Health Informatics Forum Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Welcome to the Health Informatics Forum Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

This course is comprised of 20 components each with a number of narrated Flash lectures and a series of online class discussions.

The course is completely free to access and participate in but there are no certificates of completion or other qualifications at the end.

The course materials have been developed by Columbia University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Oregon Health and Science University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham through a $10 million grant from the ONC and released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License which is why we are able to use the materials in this MOOC. The authors and developers of each component are listed on the component home pages.

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For IT Professionals

1. Introduction to Healthcare and Public Health in the US
2. The Culture of Healthcare
3. Terminology in Health Care and Public Health Settings


For Healthcare Professionals

4. Introduction to Information and Computer Science


For Healthcare Professionals and IT Professionals

5. History of Health Information Technology in the U.S.
6. Health Management Information Systems
7. Working with Health IT Systems
8. Installation and Maintenance of Health IT Systems
9. Networking and Health Information Exchange
10. Fundamentals of Health Workflow Process Analysis & Redesign
11. Configuring Electronic Health Records
12. Quality Improvement
13. Public Health IT
14. Special Topics Course on Vendor-Specific Systems
15. Usability and Human Factors
16. Professionalism/Customer Service in the Health Environment
17. Working in Teams
18. Planning, Management and Leadership for Health IT
19. Introduction to Project Management
20. Training and Instructional Design


We'll be making a new component available approximately every 4 weeks as there are a number of discussions associated with each lecture and it seems to be best to run the discussions sequentially rather than all together.

To begin the course, please go to Component 1.


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Comment by Narinder Bhatt on February 4, 2014 at 8:44am

I want to get into this Healthcare Informatics field but i am a non-IT guy, listening to this MOOC lectures on Information and computer sciences will make me enable to perform the responsibilities of Healthcare informatics guy or do i need to spend 2 to 3 years in having an IT degree to get any entry level job in this field in India

Comment by Chris Paton on February 4, 2014 at 3:30am

Hi Narinder, you might want to check out this thread about jobs in India:

Comment by Narinder Bhatt on February 1, 2014 at 6:18am

What is the scope of Healthcare Informatics jobs in India?

Comment by Fernando Mora on January 31, 2014 at 8:05am

Hello, where can I find the power point slides for the lectures so far???

Comment by thanh Pham on January 29, 2014 at 3:17am

Dear Derek

you can use software so called "start transfer 7"

Comment by Derek Worlasi Atiawu on June 21, 2013 at 8:43am

I enjoyed the tutorials on the Epi Info version 7. I want to know if i can transfer data from a data analysis software to another.

example, from SPSS to Epi Info. If yes, how do I go about it.

Comment by teleenfermeria.joseangel on May 21, 2013 at 12:52am

Saludos , interesante propuesta esperamos que podamos compartir esta valiosa experiencia.

Greetings, interesting proposal we hope that we share this valuable experience.

Thanks for the support.

Comment by Dorothy Ochieng on April 1, 2013 at 8:11am

Wonderful courses, great materials

Comment by Jean Zhao on March 16, 2013 at 3:50pm

I am going to open an introductory course (3 credit hours) on health informatics to Master degree students. After reading the materials, I am considering to include contents of components 1, 2, and 3 in this course. Will that too much for a 28-lectur course (75 minutes each lecture)?

Another question, I need to find a textbook for this course, any recommendations?

Thank you very much.

Comment by Jean Zhao on March 16, 2013 at 1:25pm

That's great materials. Thank you all for your hard work.

I was asked to open an introductory course on public health informatics to MS graduate students. Does anyone have any suggestion for textbook? I got the book “health information technology basics,” it may be too simple for this course. Most of my students are in biology background.

Thank you for suggestion.

Comment by Teshager Workneh on January 3, 2013 at 8:07pm

thanks for all.

Comment by Dr. Ali on December 31, 2012 at 10:38am

Really excellent work...All these lectures are really helpful and kind of refreshing...Thumbs Up... I really appreciate the efforts put behind making these videos. Please keep continue...Cheers

Comment by Nnam Tochukwu Felix on November 21, 2012 at 5:31am

hi MOHAMMED. sorry am late with the response. if the orbit is well installed, then you should see the files in the grabber. Here are tips:

1: download the right version:

2: Make sure your browser is closed during installation.

3: During installation make sure you activate the 'integrate with browser' options for all your installed browsers. orbit integrates well with firefox, opera, IE, chrome.

4: After installation, open orbit and then the grab before opening your browser.

5: make sure the grab is open before opening the pages you want.

6: if the files are not on the grab, refresh the page.

NB: i recommend firefox browser. in my experience, it works perfectly.

Comment by MOHAMMED ELZOGHBY on November 20, 2012 at 9:36pm

I tried many times,the files did not appear in in the grab box.

Do you have a solution?

Comment by MOHAMMED ELZOGHBY on November 17, 2012 at 1:05am

Is it the orbit version?

Please send the best link for orbit down loader.

Many thanks

Comment by MOHAMMED ELZOGHBY on November 17, 2012 at 12:37am

Hi Nnam,

I can not see the files in grabber box to download .

I open the grabber first then the flash file but not appear in the box. What is wrong?

Comment by Nnam Tochukwu Felix on November 16, 2012 at 5:25am

you can download the files with orbit downloader. steps:

1: download orbit download.

2: make sure the orbit grabber is open before you play the presentation. The grabber automatically detects the files as it plays.

3: select and download files named 'slides' only.

4: organize and play the files with a flash player like 'Adobe Bridge'.

5: the files plays with audio.

Comment by Chris Paton on November 6, 2012 at 6:23am
Hi Mohammed, the flash files are hosted on the server (they are actually a series of files that work together to produce the presentation). You can download them from the ONC site: if you want to set it up on your home computer but they are not really designed to be viewed offline. I'll be uploading the MP3 files later this week which might be a better alternative for offline listening.
Comment by MOHAMMED ELZOGHBY on November 6, 2012 at 6:13am

Finally it works with office 2007.

how can I download the files as flash ? as  in power point we loss the sound .

Comment by Suleman Atique on November 6, 2012 at 2:03am

Dear Chris Thanks, I have found that the lecture presentations from third component are not complete.They are available till the lecture on Nervous System.


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