Identifying Biomedical and Health Informatics Competencies in Higher Education Curricula

Outi Ahonen, Ulla Mari Kinnunen, Gun Britt Lejonqvist, Baiba Apkalna, Kersti Viitkar, Kaija Saranto

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


This study describes the knowledge, skills and competencies found in bachelor's degree curricula for health and social care, engineering and business. The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) biomedicine and health information (BMHI) management recommendations was used as a framework to analyse bachelor's degree curricula (n=14). The results showed that the curricula contained a variety of subjects related to competencies in the IMIA's BMHI. The information technology (IT) engineering curriculum included the highest number of competencies and the business curricula the fewest. The nursing curricula included more competencies than any other health care curricula. When educating students in various professions, their diverse backgrounds and expertise must be considered. As future eHealth developers, students will learn to work as multidisciplinary teams.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationData, Informatics and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationAn Inspiration for Improved Healthcare
EditorsJoseph Liaskos, Mowafa S. Househ, Parisis Gallos, Arie Hasman, John Mantas
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781614998792
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


  • Competence
  • higher education curricula
  • informatics
  • multidisciplinary

Field of Science*

  • 3.5 Other medical sciences
  • 5.3 Educational sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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