MED 264: Principles of Biomedical Informatics

Instructors: Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD (, Xiaoqian Jiang, PhD (   

Teaching Assistants: Wei Wei (, Jing Zhang ( 

When and Where: Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00-1:50. MET 204 UCSD

Office Hours:  by appointment 

Course Objectives
The purpose of this class is to provide an engaging and lively introduction to the field of biomedical informatics. Building up from the basic bits of data to modeling complex organisms and organizations, the course will explore the nature of biomedical information and how this information is and can be used in the care of individual patients and populations of peoples. We highlight practical and state-of-the-art technologies in biomedical informatics to get students exposed to the current healthcare research environment.

Grading Policies
Course grades will be based on:

  1. attendance (10%)
  2. mid-term project review (30%)
  3. project oral presentation (15%)
  4. project participation (15%)
  5. final project report (30%) 

Recommended Textbook
Shortliffe and Cimino eds. Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine, 3rd Edition. Springer 2006.