The Regenstrief Institute and the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH) at IUPUI have established a collaborative program in public and population health informatics. While the program officially started in 2018, investigators at Regenstrief and FSPH have been leading public health informatics research for more than a decade. Together, they have pioneered numerous technologies and methods that have continued to transform the field of public health informatics. The Public health Informatics program envisions a world where informatics systems and tools are applied by providers, health systems, and public health organizations to improve the health and well-being of communities.
We are guided by the values of the Regenstrief Institute, the Center for Biomedical Informatics, and the following to complete our mission and vision.
We translate innovative, evidence-based informatics research and methods into real-world solutions for providers, health systems, and public health organizations.
We advance the science of informatics and knowledge of informatics methods as they are applied to public and population health contexts.
We develop and mentor the next generation of public health informatics leaders.
We measure the determinants and disparities in health and well-being, and we work with partners to end disparities and ensure health equity.
Our mission is to improve public and population health through the
development and dissemination of effective informatics methods, systems, tools, and evidence;
translation of evidence into real-world solutions for providers, health systems, and public health organizations; and
increased knowledge and awareness of public health informatics through education and training.
The Public Health Informatics Program partners closely with the Indiana University Richard M Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH) at IUPUI to prepare students for a successful career in public health informatics. FSPH provides a variety of learning opportunities across all educational levels that complement research and training opportunities at Regenstrief. The educational opportunities provided by FSPH are summarized below.
B.S. in Health Data Science
The B.S. in health data science allows students to acquire a diverse set of skills in this growing field. The program features an interdisciplinary curriculum integrating a range of fields including biostatistics, computer science, and informatics. Students can also receive a minor in Computer Science or Informatics. This degree is conferred by the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health.
The MPH in public health informatics provides students with a unique set of experiences that combine rigorous academics and real world experiences. Students learn how to apply information science and computing techniques to public health practice, how to think critically about population data, and how to apply informatics approaches to pressing public health issues. The need for data and analytical skills in public health is more critical than ever, as data driven approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic have been a crucial part of local and statewide responses. This degree is conferred by the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health.
The certificate in public health informatics is targeted at individuals who may have obtained their MPH or similar degree already, but have an interest in gaining additional training in public health informatics without getting an additional advanced degree. This degree is conferred by the IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing.
Indiana Training Program in Public & Population Health Informatics
The Indiana Training Program in Public & Population Health Informatics is a pre- and post-doctoral training program conducted in partnership with the Regenstrief Institute and funded by the National Library of medicine. Pre-doctoral trainees complete their studies in Epidemiology or Health Policy with FSPH. Both pre- and post-doctoral trainees are mentored by a faculty mentor who is an affiliate scientist of the Regenstrief Institute and has their faculty home in FSPH or the IU School of Medicine.
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