Biomedical informatics: characterization of the offer of massive open online courses

Guido Bendezu-Quispe, L. Max Labán-Seminario, Miguel Ángel Arce-Huamani, Ramón R. Cámara-Reyes, Daniel Fernandez-Guzman, Brenda Caira-Chuquineyra, Diego Urrunaga-Pastor, Andrés Guido Bendezú-Martínez

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Introduction Informatics applied to health sciences has brought cutting-edge solutions to healthcare problems. However, the number of health professionals trained in "Health Informatics" is low. Virtual education, such as massive online open courses, provide the opportunity for training in this field. Objective To estimate the global offer of massive online open biomedical informatics courses and characterize their content. Methods A search for massive online open courses was conducted throughout December 2021 on 25 platforms offering these courses. The search strategy included the terms “health informatics” and “biomedical informatics”. The application areas of biomedical infor-matics, platform, institution, duration, time required per week, language, and subtitles available for each course were evaluated. Data were analyzed descriptively, reporting absolute and relative frequencies. Results Our search strategy identified 1333 massive online open courses. Of these, only 79 were related to health informatics. Most of these courses (n = 44; 55.7%) were offered through Coursera. More than half (n = 55; 69.6%) were conducted by U.S. institutions in english (n = 76; 96.2%). Most courses focused on areas of translational bioinformat-ics (n = 27; 34.2%), followed by public health informatics (n = 23; 29.1%), and clinical research informatics (n = 13, 16.5%). Conclusions We found a significant supply of massive online open courses on health informatics. These courses favor the training of more professionals worldwide, mostly addressing competencies to apply informatics in clinical practice, public health, and health research.

Translated title of the contributionInformática biomédica: caracterización de la oferta de cursos abiertos masivos en línea
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2631
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2022

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  • Continuing; Education
  • Distance; Education
  • medical
  • Medical Informatics; Education


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