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The Ohio State University Department of Biomedical Informatics offers a certificate in Clinical Research Informatics through the agency of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

OSU is one of a select group of institutions that partner with AMIA in its 10x10 program. Each institution has a focus for its​ 10x10 program, but all have the end goal of growing the much-needed workforce of Informatics professionals. At OSU, this course will provide students with an overview of the field of Clinical Research Informatics (CRI).

Instructor: Peter J. Embi, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI

Peter J. Embi

About the course

The OSU 10x10 program is an intensive course that provides students with a survey of the field of CRI. In addition to defining the CRI domain and highlighting the key challenges and opportunities facing CRI, students will be exposed to key models, approaches, tools, regulatory/ethical issues, and initiatives driving CRI developments and practice. The course will also provide students with an understanding of the relationships that exist between CRI and the clinical informatics and bioinformatics domains.

While no prerequisite course requirements are strictly enforced for matriculation into the course, completion of CITI or equivalent training in research ethics, protection of research subjects, and/or good clinical practice within the last 2 years is highly recommended as a basis for understanding clinical research ethical and regulatory principles that will be alluded to in the course but not explicitly covered.

Course Logistics

The course is taught in two parts:

  1. A 10-week, web-based curriculum is provided asynchronously through readings, voice-over-PowerPoint lectures, interactive discussion, and self-assessment tests. The on-line part of the course is accessed via OSU’s online e-learning portal, Carmen. At the onset of the course, each student is provided a login and password to access the course online. All assigned readings are either freely available on-line or provided by the instructor. Students will be expected to spend 4-8 hours per week on the course (2-3 hours of lecture plus 2-5 hours of independent work/interaction with colleagues in preparation for and following the lecture).
  2. The in-person component aims to bring students, faculty experts, and the materials together for an intensive in-person session. The program for the in-person session will consist of a half-day session during the AMIA Annual Symposium (October/November) or the AMIA Summit on Clinical Research Informatics (March). The in-person session at these meetings will provide an opportunity for students to interact with key leaders active in driving major initiatives in the CRI domain and about which the students will have learned during the course (e.g. CTSA, caBIG, BRIDG, CDISC, etc.). Students will also be required to complete a short course project related to a practical CRI-related undertaking relevant to their particular environment. At the in-person session, they will present their findings/report to their fellow students and faculty, gaining new insights into the required elements for such an undertaking.


Prospective students can register for our 10x10 course on the AMIA Website.

For more information, please contact Susanne Vellucci at AMIA, susanne@amia.org; or us at, BMI.education@osumc.edu.