What is Biomedical and Health Informatics?

February, 2015

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, this page 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. I also provide a list of recent textbooks, some links to some papers I have written, and links to important professional organizations for the field.

The lecture is divided into segments, and includes the following (with more to be added during 2015):
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 - February 7, 2015