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Harnessing Electronic Health Records for Research

Our unique programme of inter-related one- and two-day courses in the rapidly developing field of electronic health records research, spanning a wide range of applications in basic and applied health research.

Due to concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) all short courses have been suspended. We are currently devising a new programme of short courses for the 2021/22 academic year which will be announced in due course.

Please register your interest to receive updates on the next round of courses.


Example of past courses

Machine Learning in Healthcare

In an era of modern healthcare, it is essential that all stakeholders are aware of the foundations of machine learning and the latest trends in this field. This introductory and interactive course will provide you with clear insights regarding the associated challenges and opportunities.

Applied Genomics for Data Scientists

Genomic information is increasingly available within healthcare systems offering a range of exciting opportunities to improve the prediction, diagnosis and treatment of disease. An understanding of the nature of genetic data and how it can be analysed is increasingly essential for data scientists working in healthcare. This course provides a practical-led introduction to human genetics, using simulated UK Biobank data, covering the key aspects of theory and practice for health.

Answering Clinical Research Questions with Health Records 

Harnessing the scale and depth of linked electronic health records for research has the potential to change how healthcare is delivered and bring enormous benefits for patients.  In this course we will introduce the breadth of the health informatics research agenda, focusing on the use of nationally available datasets for clinical research. The course will cover the practicalities of health informatics research – from developing the research question through to methodology and obtaining research funding. This course is ideal for individuals with a primary degree in healthcare who are interested in health informatics research but have either little or no experience in this area.

What can I learn?

These courses address the ‘why?’, the ‘what?’ and the ‘how?’ of EHR research and critically evaluate scientific opportunities and challenges, in what is being proposed as a new paradigm in medical research. Taught by internationally recognised faculty, they span data-intensive biomedical research across diverse forms of EHR (nationally available data from primary and secondary care), regional data in hospital informatics, as well as applied EHR research.

Who are these courses for?

The courses are intended for people from a wide range of backgrounds - including health care, epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics, NHS IT, bioinformatics, genomics and computer science - and at different career stages, from those thinking of doing an MSc or PhD to established researchers.

Where is the venue?

All courses will be delivered in central London at the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, 222 Euston Road, London NW1 2DA.