Courses

HOBI Course Catalog 2020

All courses require permission of the instructor before registration can be completed. For questions and other information, contact: HOBI-Education@lists.ufl.edu.

GMS 6803 Data Science for Clinical Research (3 credit hrs) GMS 6803 syllabus

Description: In-depth analysis of risk factors and health outcomes assessment for adult and childhood chronic diseases.  The impact of childhood chronic conditions on adult health is emphasized. The interplay of health disparities and chronic diseases also will be discussed.

GMS 6804 Translational Bioinformatics (3 credit hrs) GMS 6804 syllabus  

Description: Fundamental issues of bioinformatics and how they apply to translational and clinical problems. The course is organized in 4 parts: sequence analysis, databases and ontologies, genome-wide association and linkage analysis, and networks. Each part will cover the computing and mathematical concepts used, and motivated by the actual underlying bioinformatics questions.

GMS 6805 Introduction to Applied Ontology (3 credit hrs) GMS 6805 syllabus 

Description: Applied ontology is a sub-discipline of knowledge representation that develops resources to make the meaning of terms accessible to computers, to improve interoperability of data, and to support reasoning with digital knowledge bases. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of applied ontology and its role in biomedical informatics. Students will learn what ontologies are, how they differ from similar resources, and how to build, evaluate, and query ontologies. Students will also gain familiarity with a variety of ontologies and their application in biomedical informatics.  

Prerequisite: None, but some experience with symbolic logic will be an asset.

GMS 6806 Security and Privacy in Clinical Research (3 credit hrs) GMS 6806 syllabus 

Description: This course provides students with an introduction to a wide range of concepts, policies, and techniques in security and privacy (S&P) as they apply to biomedical and clinical research. Information security and data privacy are essential components of biomedical and clinical research. Students are introduced to the broad landscape of information security and data privacy for biomedical and clinical research: learn S&P related regulations and guidelines in clinical research, understand basic concepts of computer security, perform security analysis of a study’s security plan, learn best practice in secure data management (e.g., de-identification and encryption), and gain insight into state-of-the-art tools, methods, and approaches for the protection of information security and data privacy.

GMS 6812 Health Outcomes Research in Cancer (3 credit hrs) GMS 6812 syllabus

Description: Methods and measurement issues in cancer health outcomes assessment are  addressed across the continuum of cancer care  -prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end of life.  Outcomes covered include survival, health-related quality of life, patient satisfaction with care, and economic burden.

Prerequisite: GMS 6851

GMS 6822 Measuring and Analyzing Health Outcomes (3 credit hrs) GMS 6822 syllabus

Description: This course provides instruction in the measurement methods currently used in health-related research in both clinical and community settings. The particular emphasis in this course is on cross-cultural translation of patient-reported outcomes measures and the development and use of measures for special populations such as children or those with chronic diseases.

GMS 6832 Economic Methods for Evaluating Value in Health Care(3 credit hrs)

Description: This course covers economic methods for evaluating the relative value of health care interventions.   Foundational topics include framing the analysis, defining alternatives, techniques for eliciting patient preferences, measuring costs, and assessing outcomes. Students are exposed to cost effectiveness analysis and related methods for combining these core elements into an economic evaluation.

GMS 6833 Health Outcomes Research in Vulnerable Populations (3 credit hrs) GMS 6833 syllabus

Description: Explore how the health care system in the United States serves vulnerable populations such as the poor, elderly, immigrants, racial and ethnic minorities, children and youth (especially those with chronic health conditions and disabilities) and young mothers. Emphasis is placed on health disparities within each of these vulnerable groups and health policy mechanisms to address critical issues facing these populations.

GMS 6836 Foundations of Learning Health Systems Research (1 credit hour) GMS 6836 Syllabus

Description: Provides an overview of the foundational principles required to conduct research in a learning health system environment. Students will gain introductory knowledge in Systems Science, Research and standards of Scientific Evidence, Research Methods, Informatics, Ethics and Implementation in Health Systems, Improvement and Implementation science, Engagement, and Leadership.

GMS 6848 Ensuring Rigor and Reproducibility in Clinical and Translational Research (1 credit hr) GMS 6848 syllabus

Description: Introduces best principles and practices required to conduct rigorous and reproducible research across the translational spectrum.  Topics will include sound study planning and design, consideration of all relevant biomedical variables, sound data management practices, statistical considerations and techniques, and transparency in reporting research results.

Prerequisites: GMS 6861

GMS 6850 Foundations of Biomedical Informatics (3 credit hrs) GMS 6850 syllabus

Description: This course provides an overview of the principles and practices of health outcomes, health program evaluation, and implementation science in the context of the translational research continuum.  Content areas include the populations studied, data sources, and user audiences (e.g., the research community, health care practitioners, program directors, and community stakeholders).  Students are exposed to a range of health outcomes, program evaluation, and implementation science topics and conceptual frameworks.  Emphasis is placed on the importance of context (e.g., health care setting, family, community, culture, and socio-economic status) in conducting health outcomes research, program evaluation, and implementation science.

GMS 6851 Fundamentals of Dissemination and Implementation Research (3 credit hrs) GMS 6851 syllabus

Description: This course provides an overview of the principles and practices of health outcomes, health program evaluation, and implementation science in the context of the translational research continuum. Content areas include the populations studied, data sources, and user audiences (e.g., the research community, health care practitioners, program directors, and community stakeholders). Students are exposed to a range of health outcomes, program evaluation, and implementation science topics and conceptual frameworks. Emphasis is placed on the importance of context (e.g., health care setting, family, community, culture, and socio-economic status) in conducting health outcomes research, program evaluation, and implementation science.

GMS 6852 Community Engaged Research for Clinical Effectiveness and Implementation Science Studies (2 credit hrs) GMS 6852 syllabus

Description: This course covers the principles and practices of clinical effectiveness and implementation science research conducted with community partners. The benefits of and barriers to conducting community engaged research will be addressed in the context of the translational research continuum. The relationships between community partner involvement and study design, data collection, and analytic methods are addressed. Additional topics include partnership development, relationships between researchers and the community, capacity building, and sustainability.

Prerequisites: GMS 6851 and instructor approval

GMS 6853 Improvement and Implementation Science in the Learning Health System (3 credit hrs) GMS 6853 syllabus

Description: This course will enhance students’ knowledge of dissemination research and implementation science, which is the study of integrating evidence-based methods into health care policy and practice. A key focus will be on examining the strengths and limitations of different study designs in dissemination and implementation science, and the role of and strategies for engaging key stakeholders, including clinicians and policymakers, in the research process. Students will have an opportunity to apply methods they learn in the class through class discussions and presentations.

GMS 6856 Introduction to Biomedical Natural Language Processing (3 credit hrs) GMS 6856 syllabus

Description: Introduces the basic knowledge of natural language processing (NLP), examines methods, systems, and ontologies/resources in the biomedical domain.  Students will gain necessary skills to process biomedical text, apply state-of-the-art NLP systems, and handle biomedical NLP tasks such as Information Extraction and Word Sense Disambiguation.

Prerequisites: Experience with computer programming, such as Python for data processing.

GMS 6885 Research Designs in Health Outcomes and Policy (3 credit hrs) GMS 6885 syllabus

Description: This course provides an overview of the research design of observational and experimental studies. This course will focus on critical assessment and methodological challenges important in health outcomes and policy studies. The course will provide foundation for Department of Health Outcomes and Policy advanced methods and policy electives.

Prerequisite: A graduate course in statistics

GMS 6893 Clinical and Translational Science Seminar Series (2 credit hrs) GMS 6893 syllabus

Description: This seminar series is designed to further the training of students in multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary clinical and translational research. Content areas include leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States, issues relevant to rural health and diseases such as HIV/AIDS and conditions such as obesity which have significant impact and research needs. The series consists of weekly, two-hour sessions which include researchers from the bench to the community. Specifically, for each topic area, speakers will discuss the clinical, laboratory, and epidemiological and economic aspects of the particular condition along with potential intervention strategies and community outreach activities.

GMS 7866 Principles of Referent Tracking in Biomedical Informatics (3 credit Hours) GMS 7866 syllabus

Description: Provides an in-depth exploration of the purpose, scope, technical structures; uses of Referent Tracking as a methodology to design information systems that are maximally self-explanatory and explicit in terms of the data they manage and self-aware in terms of their interactions with other systems and users thereof.

GMS 7887 Health Outcomes & Policy PhD Research Seminar (1 credit hour) GMS 7887 syllabus

Description: Seminar series where students meet to present, critically appraise, and discuss current research in health outcomes and biomedical informatics academic literature as well as the research programs of HOBI faculty and graduate students.