Grant to Support Health Informatics Program

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The National Library of Medicine has awarded a $2.5 million grant to the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis. The five-year award will support the institute's new Indiana Training Program in Public and Population Health Informatics, which will begin later this month.

The program, created in collaboration with the Indiana University School of Medicine, the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and IUPUI, aims to fill a need for informaticians in the healthcare industry and local, state, and federal public health departments. 

"There is a pent-up demand for informaticians with new skill sets in both public health and population health, but there has been a lack of educational and training programs to meet this need," said Brian Dixon, co-director of the program. "As the healthcare industry transitions to population health, it will take new scientists who can employ machine learning, big data mining, predictive modeling, as well as other skills and core concepts from informatics at the population level to help health systems manage cohorts of individuals who have a particular disease, providing routine care for individuals with acute or chronic illnesses at a level that is consistent with trends in reimbursement going forward. Similar skills are needed to help public health departments meet the burgeoning demands that they face."

IU says those with bachelors or masters degrees in Individuals with bachelors or masters degrees in a quantitative science, such as mathematics, statistics, computer science, or informatics, or in a health science, such as public health, genetics, nursing or dentistry, will be considered for the PhD program. Recent graduates with PhDs in epidemiology, health services research, health policy and management, social science, decision science, information science, computer science, or informatics who want to take part in the program can apply for post-doctoral fellowship training. 

You can learn more about the program by clicking here.

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