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Health Information Technology Scholarly Concentration

Technology is omnipresent in health care. In the Health Information Technology Scholarly Concentration, students gain an understanding of the components, concepts and relationships necessary to create, implement and use clinical information systems effectively. Through coursework and hands-on experiences, students learn to become better physicians by leveraging technology systems in increasingly complex health care systems.


All concentration coursework can be completed online. The scholarly project work occurs in Indianapolis.

Curriculum and Timeline

Students completing the Health Informatics concentration fulfill the same core curriculum as students in other concentrations. The didactic components provide a strong academic and experiential foundation in health information technology that is vital for completion of the core curriculum project and product.

Recommended Pathway

Students determine if a concentration pathway will fit in their schedule by contacting concentration co-directors. Actual pathway may vary.

Scholarly Project Topic Examples

Students work with faculty to complete a project in a relevant topic based on student interests. Potential project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Opiate analytics and visualizations
  • Clinical decision support
  • Operational research
  • Health information exchange
  • Social determinants of health
  • Population health
  • Care coordination
  • Electronic health record integration
  • Clinical informatics applications
  • Retrospective data-based studies


1812-Finnell, John

John T. Finnell, MD

Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

Bio and Contact Information

Brian E. Dixon, PhD

Research Scientist, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Director of Public Health Informatics, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Affiliate Scientist, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center

Bio and Contact Information

MD Student News

In their words: Scholarly Concentration Q&A with Health Information Technology co-directors

In 2019, IU School of Medicine launched Scholarly Concentrations. To help students decide if a concentration topic is the right fit, concentration co-directors shared the inside scoop—from why they got involved in the concentration to how a specific topic can help students reach their goals. Topic: Health Information Technology Location: Indianapolis Co-Directors: John T. Finnell, MD, […]

IU School of Medicine  |  Feb 11, 2019