Vision and Mission

Vision: To achieve excellence in research, education, and service in biomedical informatics and clinical epidemiology in order to improve human health, health care, and biomedical research.

Mission: We will fulfill our Vision through leadership, discovery, and dissemination of knowledge in biomedical informatics and clinical epidemiology via education, research, and service.

Our Department

The Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) is one of 29 academic departments in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The mission of DMICE is to provide leadership, discovery and dissemination of knowledge in clinical informatics, clinical epidemiology, and bioinformatics / computation biology. This mission is fulfilled through programs of research, education, and service. DMICE programs are recognized internationally for their accomplishment and innovation.

The Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) is housed in the Biomedical Information Communication Center (BICC) on the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Marquam Hill campus. The Department Chair is William Hersh, MD and the Vice Chairs are Cynthia Morris, PhD, Joan Ash, PhD, David Dorr, MD, Shannon McWeeney, PhD, and Heidi Nelson, MD, MPH.

DMICE consists of more than 80 faculty members, including those with primary academic appointments in the department, those from other OHSU departments with joint appointments, and affiliate faculty who work at Oregon healthcare institutions, companies, and other organizations outside OHSU.

Our Biomedical Informatics Educational Program

The OHSU Biomedical Informatics program is one of the largest of its kind in the world and celebrated its 20th year in 2017. As of August 2017, 738 degrees have been awarded in the OHSU informatics program since its inception, including 24 Ph.D. degrees, 294 master's degrees, and 420 graduate certificates. Program tracks (concentrations) are in clinical informatics and bioinformatics and computational biology.

The Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center

The Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) conducts systematic reviews of health care topics for federal and state agencies and private foundations. These reviews report the evidence from clinical research studies and the quality of that evidence for use by policymakers in decisions on guidelines and coverage. The Center is one of 14 EPCs sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Investigators with the Evidence-based Practice Center have a particular interest in diagnostic technology assessment, prevention effectiveness, evidence-based informatics, research in managed care, and critical appraisal of cost-effectiveness analysis and decision analysis. In the past, faculty affiliated with the Center have investigated areas such as acute head injury, pain management, drug effectiveness, thyroid function tests, cancer screening, diagnostic use of upper GI endoscopy, asthma diagnosis and management, telemedicine, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, vaginal birth after cesarean section, and statewide trauma systems.