Upon completion of your chosen track, options blossom. Continue to specialize in your track or choose another emphasis by participating in our DBMI Special Interest Groups and practicums.

DBMI offers four types of practicums to provide students with proctored hands-on activities. Credit hours range from 0-3 CH and are negotiated between the student and the faculty. A practicum can be applied as a NTMS capstone project if arranged prior to taking the practicum or can be scheduled without that link. Once you have decided on practicum and have faculty approval submit the form found on Canvas.

1. DBMI Course Practicum

These are hands-on activities associated with classes and special programs offered by DBMI faculty.

2. EHR Optimization Practicum

DBMI has 2 major areas of opportunities for EHR optimization related work. One is in service-line and the other is related to work on specific research projects designed to augment and optimize the EHR.

  • Research to design and evaluate new approaches to optimize the functionality and design of the electronic health record. Practicums in this domain will be assigned individually to various projects – Damian Borbolla, Charlene Weir, Ken Kawamoto, Guilherme del Fiol
    • Design and evaluate dashboards for special clinical applications, such as the surgical referral dashboard, diabetic medication management, bilirubin dashboard and others.
    • Automate the process of identifying patients at risk, such as patients with family history of genetic diseases or patients with sepsis
    • Identify optimal documentation and communication practices that improve coordination across systems.

3. Industry Sponsored Practicum

DBMI has an Industry Advisory Board and relationships with outside industry and other health care organizations. Many of these offer dynamic practicum learning settings for our MS students. They represent a diverse range of institutions, including:

  • Health Catalyst
  • ARUP
  • U of U Healthcare
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • 3M
  • Ancestry DNA
  • Utah Department of Health
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs

Several of our primary faculty members also hold appointments with Intermountain Healthcare and mentor students in that setting.

These practicums are arranged individually by talking with Joe Taylor in the DBMI office.

4. Research Practicum

Spend a semester working in a faculty research lab within or outside of DBMI (see Canvas for more details).

Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah