Course Descriptions

Winter 2017 Course Schedule

Winter semester is from 1/4/2017 to 4/18/2017.

  • LHS 621 Implementation Science in Health I, Mondays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  (Sales) 
  • LHS 611 Knowledge Representation and Knowledge Management in Health, Wednesdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm (Landis-Lewis, Flynn)
  • LHS 712 Natural Language Processing on Health Data,  (Vydiswaran)

Current courses are described in detail below. Many of the courses in the program are open to any enrolled University of Michigan student with graduate-level standing.

Implementation Sciences in Health 1, LHS 621

Winter Term, (Syllabus)

Many evidence-based health care interventions fail to produce successful outcomes when implemented into practice. Implementation and dissemination sciences comprise a multidisciplinary set of theories and methods to improve and expedite translating research evidence to everyday health-related practices.  Both disciplines are systematic approaches to understanding how healthcare interventions can be better integrated into diverse practice settings, and emphasize direct engagement with institutions and communities where health interventions take place. In order to optimize public health, it is essential to not only understand how to create the best interventions, but how to best ensure that they are effectively delivered within clinical and community practice.  

Contact: Anne Sales, PhD

Implementation Sciences in Health 2, LHS 721

Fall Term

Students in this course will expand on and apply concepts learned in Implementation Sciences I and other Learning Health Sciences courses to build on their knowledge of how dissemination and implementation science fits into the LHS learning cycle. Students will learn and apply practical skills to implement and evaluate complex, multi-level interventions and initiatives that aim to improve health care practice and policy. Students will complete a small-scale project related to implementation of evidence-based practice and prepare reports for multiple audiences.

Contact: Gretchen A. Piatt, MPH, PhD

Health Infrastructures 1, LHS 650

Fall Term

This course provides theoretical and practical perspectives on the evolution of major infrastructures, focusing in particular on health and information infrastructures.  The course begins by examining how infrastructures emerge, evolve, and decay in the context of social systems.  Students gain fluency in the language of infrastructure as a technological and social phenomenon linking people, processes, policy, and technology. The course focuses on the organization of health as a problem of infrastructure and considers how this perspective might inform research, practice, and the capacity for change.

Contacts: Jodyn E. Platt, MPH, PhDTimothy A. Pletcher, DHA

Health Infrastructures 2, LHS 750

Fall Term

This capstone-style course requires students to synthesize the theoretical and applied learning from the HILS core curriculum.  Infrastructure II focuses on health infrastructure at various levels of scale and comparative analyses.  The course will focus on case studies and will invite speakers to present current research and practice in health infrastructure. Students will develop an independent project that will focus on recognizing barriers to adaptive learning, and on infrastructural approaches to problem solving.

Contacts: Jodyn E. Platt, MPH, PhDTimothy A. Pletcher, DHA 

Research Methods for Learning Systems, LHS 660

Fall Term

This course provides a foundational introduction to empirical methods, both quantitative and qualitative, that will be applicable to the study of health infrastructures and learning systems.  As such, it offers a broad overview that will enable students in the PhD program to begin formulating their interests into researchable problems, and make informed choices of the more advanced research methods courses they will need to pursue their research agenda.

Contact: Charles P. Friedman, PhD

Exploratory Data Analysis for Health, LHS 610

Fall Term,  (Syllabus)

Students in this course will learn foundational topics in data science focused on healthcare data. The course is based on two large themes: (a) understanding and becoming familiar with healthcare data, and (b) making inferences based on data. Students will develop a working understanding of R, one of the most widely used languages for data science, and an introductory understanding of several other tools used in analyzing healthcare data. Students will participate in a longitudinal group project spanning the principles learnt during the course using real-life healthcare data sets.

Contacts: Karandeep Singh, MD, MMScVG Vinod Vydiswaran, PhD.

Natural Language Processing on Health Data, LHS 712

Winter Term 

This course explores the challenges and advances in health informatics to extract actionable information hidden in free text in electronic records, published literature, and social media.

Contact: VG Vinod Vydiswaran, PhD

Knowledge Representation and Knowledge Management in Health, LHS 611

Winter Term

This course provides an intensive introduction to methods and topics for knowledge representation and management, with an emphasis on symbolic methods and the social context of knowledge use in learning health systems. Students who complete the course will become familiar with important knowledge engineering technologies and standards. They will also have mastered foundational methods necessary for more advanced study and mentored research in collaborative knowledge representation and management.

Contact: Zach Landis-Lewis, PhD, MLIS

Ethics and Policy Issues for Learning Health Systems, LHS 671

Fall Term 

Bioethics is an enterprise in ascendance.  In the early 1960s, there were individuals concerned with moral questions occasioned by medicine and medical research, but they were not known as bioethicists, nor did they have the institutional support of centers for bioethics, professional journals, government commissions, or graduate programs and professorships. Today bioethics is part of the landscape of the life sciences: “ethics committees” are now mandatory in American hospitals; all federally funded research that involves human beings or animals must be reviewed by a board constituted to protect the subjects of research; a plethora of seminars offer training in bioethics for those who need, or wish, to offer ethical advice; bioethics courses are now a regular part of the curriculum at universities, colleges and medical schools. Students in this course will learn about the social sources of morality; the organization of professions; the politics of science, medicine and biotechnology; the interface between law and ethics; the place of religion in pluralist societies; the sociology of science; and the social uses of bioethics in the complex context of learning health systems.

Contact: Jodyn E. Platt, MPH, PhD

For more information about how these courses fit together, read about the Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems curriculum.