Curious about ‘Big Data’ in healthcare? Try our new course

Discover how bioinformatics is becoming increasingly important to contemporary healthcare research and practice

With advances in genomic technologies, the amount of biological data we can now generate about patients is vast. Processing and making sense of that data to better inform patient care is the genomic era’s next big challenge.

With this in mind, Health Education England’s Genomics Education programme has launched an ‘Introduction to Bioinformatics’ course, packed with key background, context, case studies and expert views. The course provides an introduction to the discipline and practice of bioinformatics, with a particular focus on practical applications of bioinformatics.

The course has been developed in partnership with Nowgen, part of the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, and authored by clinical bioinformaticians Andrew Devereau and Jan Taylor. It is aimed at practising healthcare scientists and at clinicians who have an interest in healthcare science.

What does the course entail?

‘Introduction to Bioinformatics’ covers the key principles and practices of bioinformatics, the challenges it faces and the problems it can help to solve, through textual content, videos, animations and case studies.

The two-hour course features bioinformatics experts, including practitioners in cutting-edge genomic medicine departments and researchers across a range of disciplines.

The course includes a short assessment that will provide learners with an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned and to earn a completion certificate.

To learn more about ‘Introduction to Bioinformatics’, visit the Course page.

To find out more about the Genomics Education Programme, visit About the Programme.