The National Library of Medicine, an institute of the National Institutes of Health, supports research, development and training in biomedical informatics and data science at universities and institutions across the US. Its sixteen university-based training programs offer pre- and post- doctoral research opportunities in key areas of health and bioinformatics including healthcare informatics, translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, public health informatics, and environmental exposure informatics. NLM sponsors an annual conference for all trainees, mentors, and staff affiliated with its university-based training programs or its intramural training program at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda.

The host department for the NLM Informatics Training Conference 2020 is OHSU Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE). DMICE is one of 27 academic departments in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). DMICE provides research, education, and service in the areas of clinical informatics, clinical epidemiology, and bioinformatics/computational biomedicine. DMICE programs are recognized internationally for their accomplishment and innovation.

DMICE is housed in the Biomedical Information Communication Center (BICC) on the OHSU Marquam Hill campus. The department consists of about 80 faculty members, including about 40 with primary academic appointments in the department, about 20 from other OHSU departments with joint appointments, and about 20 affiliate faculty who work at healthcare institutions, companies, and other organizations outside OHSU.