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In May 2014, the Department of Medical Education became the Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS). We are a first-in-the-nation basic science department focused on learning, which we view as a continuous process of study and change, leading to improvement. Study converts information into knowledge, and change applies that knowledge to practice. Learning in this sense can occur at different levels of scale: individuals can learn; groups can learn; organizations can learn; and ultra-large scale systems, such as the health system of an entire nation, can learn.

The department focuses on the sciences that can make learning effective, routine, and efficient. Our research programs generate new knowledge that can enhance learning at all levels of scale; our educational programs train new researchers and appliers of the sciences of learning; our service programs help health systems become learning health systems. DLHS engages colleagues across the entire University of Michigan community, as well as the state, the nation, and the globe. 

 The department is organized into three sub-units:



March 8, 2017
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Gurjit Sandhu, PhD - Beyond 'Good Job' and 'Read More': Constructive Feedback Across Contexts

12:00 PM

Towsley Center G2400

CSC Brown Bag Series

To promote collaboration and best practices in simulation-based education and research, the UMCSC is hosting a monthly Brown Bag Series. The series is intended to allow all University faculty, staff, and learners the opportunity to learn and share best practices in simulation-based education and assessment.

March 14, 2017
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Learning Health System (LHS) Collaboratory

12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Palmer Commons, Great Lakes North Central

The Missing Piece? Understanding Provider Organization Capabilities to Engage with the Learning Health System.  Presented by Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, Associate Professor at the School of Information and the School of Public Health.  

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February 22, 2017

Joshua Rubin recognized as Champion of Consumer Access by NATE

Yesterday the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) honored Joshua C. Rubin JD, MBA, MPP, MPH, Program Officer of Learning Health System Initiatives with their inaugural Champions of Consumer Access award for his contribution in easing the burden of records access on consumers and their caregivers.

February 20, 2017

Dr. John Burkhardt Talks Travel Ban & Doctor Shortages on Michigan Radio

Take a listen to the NPR's Stateside to learn more about the Burkhardt co-authored with Dr. Mahshid Abir for The Conversation on the travel ban and how immigrant physicians are more likely to provide primary care in underserved communities throughout the United States.

February 2, 2017

Raymond De Vries, PhD Authors Article on the Ethics and Obstacles in Medical Tissue Banking

The Winter 2017 issue of Medicine at Michigan contains Giving (Bits of) Your Self to Medicine an article by Raymond De Vries, PhD co-director of U-M’s Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, and a professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences.

January 25, 2017

Vydiswaran and Singh collaborators on M-CHAMP data science award

The Michigan Center for Health Analytics & Medical Prediction (M-CHAMP) was awarded funding for data science research by the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS).

January 19, 2017

First Learning Health Systems journal issue now available!

The initial six articles of Learning Health Systems were compiled as the journal's first official issue on January 19, 2017.