Health care / Clinical Informatics

Health Care / Clinical Informatics Application Track teaches students how to apply biomedical informatics principles and methods to inform and direct healthcare delivery and to address the information needs of healthcare consumers. The goal of health care/clinical informatics is to measurably improve the safety and quality of care delivery and to support the effective implementation of evidence-based practices. Students must demonstrate competency in (a) the foundational technologies and the architectures of electronic health records (EHRs) and related systems, (b) the design (using sociotechnical methods), development, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative technologies that can influence patient care delivery, (c) the use of technology to provide informational support to both clinicians and healthcare consumers, and (d) evaluation and enhancement of new and existing systems through instrumentation of the care process so that process and outcome data are effectively collected and analyzed. This track dovetails with the UofU Nursing Informatics (NI) program in the College of Nursing, with many courses co-taught by faculty from both programs.

Special Interest Groups (SIG)

PhD students are required to attend at least one SIG (all students are encouraged), which bring people with similar interests together to learn, share, and experiment.

  • Decision-making and Behavioral Informatics SIG
  • Semantic Interoperability SIG


Sign up for at least one practicum to gain hands-on experience and work with a team on a project.

Students have the opportunity to apply to work for a semester with the ReImagineEHR team or the Sociotechnical or NLP service lines on an existing project. Must be coordinated with the team/expertise director before registering:

Journal Clubs

Review and discuss literature in this area.

If there is not a current journal club, encourage your SIG to host one.

Affiliated Faculty

Feel free to meet individually with faculty and/or to attend their weekly lab meetings.


Bruce Bray; Cardiology; Mollie Cummins, NI; Mike Dean, Pediatrics; Scott Evans, Intermountain; Guilherme Del Fiol; Jennifer Garvin; Per Gesteland, Pediatrics; Adi Gundlapalli, Internal Medicine, VA; Marta Heilbrun, Radiology; James Hellewell, Geriatrics; Ken Kawamoto; Scott Narus, Intermountain; Flory Nkoy, Pediatrics; Chuck Norlin, Pediatrics; Brent James, Intermountain; Chris Maloney, Pediatrics; Stephane Meystre; Alan Morris, Intermountain; Matt Samore, Epidemiology; Kathy Sward, NI; Sid Thornton, Intermountain; Charlene Weir, VA.


Laura Heermann-Langford, Intermountain, NI; Rachel Hess, Population Health Sciences; Rashmee Shah, Cardiology.

Ph. D. Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Due Date: December 1st

Online Application

Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah