HI 6306 Information and Knowledge Representation in Health Informatics

Course Type: Advanced
Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to examine the role of information representation, controlled vocabularies and knowledge engineering constructs such as ontologies in conceptualization, design and implementation of modern health information systems. The course will introduce approaches for representing information and knowledge in a distributed network of health information systems. Moving beyond a general understanding of taxonomies, students will gain an understanding of the conceptual foundations of ontologies including the limitations of the modern systems. Knowledge modeling and engineering principals will be introduced through lectures, hands on practice and the class project. This will include the design, construction and use of ontologies in health care applications. Through hands on experience, students will gain insight into the strengths and limitations of the existing resources, approaches and systems as well as point to directions where future work needs to be done.


Foundations of Health Information Science I, access to the Internet, personal computer, consent of instructor.

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Course Goals

By the end of the semester, the student will have had the opportunity to meet the following objectives:

  • Examine current problems in biomedical applications, and existing solutions
  • Understand, and explain the motivations and rationale behind the current theories
  • Implement ontologies using one or more industry standard tools (ie, Protégé)
  • Design, Construct and Use applied knowledge models (ontologies)
  • Evaluate the limitations and gaps in current ontology systems
  • Describe areas for future research in ontology development