July 16, 2002
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Hopkins Offers Postdoctoral Training Program in Biomedical Information Sciences  

With a $3.3 million National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics Research Training Program grant, the Johns Hopkins Division of Health Sciences Informatics will offer a two-year postdoctoral program for health professionals and others with information or computer science backgrounds, with a special track for librarians. The growing field of health sciences informatics research is concerned with understanding information needs and designing, implementing and evaluating innovative information systems and services in the health sciences.

The Hopkins program, one of only 19 nationwide, is based on the premise that "health science" comprises biological, clinical, nursing and public health domains and that there are core sets of informatics knowledge and skills that generalize across these disciplines. The program will offer a mentored research experience and exposure to a range of real-world problems in health science.

"Hopkins provides an ideal setting to integrate theory and practice from all areas of informatics, including librarianship," said Nancy Roderer, M.L.S., director of the Welch Medical Library at Hopkins and interim director of the Division of Health Sciences Informatics.

Given the diverse set of research and informatics opportunities available at Johns Hopkins, the program is based on a collaborative model reaching across all the schools in the University, according to Harold Lehmann, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Division of Health Sciences Informatics at Hopkins.

The educational goals of the proposed two-year program are to: 1) bring trainees to a baseline level of competency in health sciences informatics; 2) impart the fundamentals of health sciences informatics research; 3) help trainees to develop proficiency in one or more defined areas of health sciences informatics; 4) provide opportunities to increase their knowledge of fields related to health sciences informatics; 5) provide opportunities to observe and to participate in collaborative research and development activities in health sciences informatics; 6) provide a health informatics research experience that includes proposal development, project execution, and evaluation and reporting of results.

The multidisciplinary program will include faculty from throughout the University. The formal curriculum includes health science informatics core courses, electives at East Baltimore, Homewood, the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education and the Information Security Institute, and practica. The informatics practica, a novel component of the program, will involve two-month rotations in one of the many relevant laboratories, research cores, data centers and development shops associated with the University, particularly in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing.


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