As Oregon’s only health and research university, OHSU's breakthrough research leads to new cures, new standards of care and a better understanding of health and the biomedical sciences. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty researchers who are exploring basic, clinical and applied research frontiers throughout the biomedical, clinical epidemiology and information sciences fields.
Our primary research areas focus on Clinical Informatics, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, and Clinical Epidemiology.
Clinical informatics transforms health care by analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information and communication systems to improve patient care, enhance access to care, advance individual and population health outcomes, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship. Professionals in clinical informatics occupy a wide variety of positions in health care, research, government, and other institutions, where they use data and information to improve individual health, health care delivery, public health, and biomedical research.
Bioinformatics is the application of informatics in cellular and molecular biology, often with a focus on genomics. The sub-term translational bioinformatics is used to describe bioinformatics applied to human health.
Recent Publications in Bioinformatics
Clinical epidemiology is the study of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease in patient populations and the relationships between exposures or treatments and health outcomes. Areas of research include disease screening and prevention, systematic review methodology, comparative effectiveness research, developing evidence-based practice and policy guidelines, implementation of practices and guidelines in health systems, development of patient-centered registries and data marts within health information systems, creating and testing patient decision aids, and using patient data for quality improvement and research projects.