CS 6440: Intro to Health Informatics

Instructional Team

Mark Braunstein

Mark Braunstein

Jon Duke
Tia Pope

Tia Pope
Head TA


Introduction to Health Informatics (CS 6440) is designed so that students with a variety of backgrounds can gain basic proficiency in health informatics. Health informatics encompasses the application of computing to: healthcare delivery; population and public health; community-based clinical research; and the potential for big data and analytics to transform the field. This is distinct from the related field of bioinformatics, which explores the role of computing in understanding the genomic and proteomic processes within cells.

During CS 6440, students will follow a make-believe patient, Marla Dixon, whose digital record they will use to complete a variety of exercises and projects designed to provide a hands-on experience with state-of-the-art health informatics tools and systems. They will apply the knowledge and skills they learn to work with a team of their classmates on a real world clinical challenge.

More information is available on the CS 6440 course website.

This course counts towards the following specialization(s):
Interactive Intelligence

Foundational Course
Interactive Intelligence Specialization Core


Sample Syllabus

Current semester syllabus
Current semester schedule

Note: Sample syllabi are provided for informational purposes only. For the most up-to-date information, consult the official course documentation.

Course Videos

You can view the lecture videos for this course here.

Before Taking This Class...

Suggested Background Knowledge

Students must have a basic computer science background and be proficient in C++/C# or Java. At least one team member must be proficient in web programming languages such as PHP, Ruby, Java, or .NET (C#), or any web development languages. Students should also have familiarity with data constructs, application design, and team project collaboration. No previous knowledge of health informatics is required. Any student qualified enough to be admitted to OMSCS - and willing to put in the necessary time for course work - should be prepared for this course.

Technical Requirements and Software
  • Browser and connection speed: An up-to-date version of Chrome or Firefox is strongly recommended. We also support Internet Explorer 9 and the desktop versions of Internet Explorer 10 and above (not the metro versions). 2+ Mbps is recommended; the minimum requirement is 0.768 Mbps download speed.
  • Operating system:
    • PC: Windows XP or higher with latest updates installed
    • Mac: OS X 10.6 or higher with latest updates installed
    • Linux: any recent distribution that has the supported browsers installed

Academic Integrity

All Georgia Tech students are expected to uphold the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code. This course may impose additional academic integrity stipulations; consult the official course documentation for more information.