HIVK03101U Cph., The contribution of information science to evidence: an introduction to medical informatics, Elective

Volume 2015/2016

International Master


The course is designed to introduce the students to the interdisciplinarities in medical informatics. Medical Informatics is a developing field, that has the primary aim to improve information and IT technologies in the improvement of all aspects of health services, such as patient care, research and education.
During the course we will introduce central issues in the medical domain that have to be investigated to understand the role of medical informatics, including (but not limited to):
the nature of bo-medical publishing, including publishing/communication channels and types of publications; Information seeking and medical databases; the concept of evidence, including systematic reviews, guidelines and medical ethics; e-health and how information technologies support clinical decision making, user and information needs.
This course examplifies the contribution of information science to evidence in the medical domain. The students are however encouraged to use the methods and theories taught during the course to study how information science contributes to evidence in other domains, e.g. the Humanities.

Learning Outcome

Competence objectives for the module

The objective of the module is to provide the student with

knowledge and understanding of:

  • A specific subject within library and information science.
  • Relevant theories and methods related to the module's theme.


skills in:

  • Identifying and outlining academic issues within library and information science and make these the object of independent analysis.
  • Reflecting critically on theoretical and methodological choices in relation to an academic issue.
  • Expanding on and putting a chosen subject field within library and information science into perspective.


competences in:

  • Applying relevant theories and methods to a subject within library and information science.
  • Communicating a scientifically studied issue.


Academic objectives

The examinee is able to

  • Delimit and deal with and issue within library and information science.
  • Give an account of central theories of relevance th the chosen subject independently and at a level that reflects in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject's scientific methods.
  • Consider own theoretical and methodological choices critically.
  • Communicate a scientifically studied issue.

Examples of literature that will be used in the course:

  • Bjørn, P., and Hertzum, M. (2011). Artefactual multiplicity: A study of emergency-department whiteboards. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 20(1&2), 93-121
  • Higgins, J.P.T., & Green, S. (Eds). (2009). The Cochrane handbook for systematic reviews of interventions, version 5.0.2. London : The Cochrane Collaboration. Retrieved 2009-10-22 from: http:/​/​​
  • Hjørland, B. (2011). Evidence based practice. An analysis based on the philosophy of science. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(7), 1301–1310.
  • Hughes, B, Wareham, J. Joshi, I. (2010). Doctors' online information needs, cognitive search strategies, and judgments of information quality and cognitive authority: How predictive judgments introduce bias into cognitive search models. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 61(3):433-452.
class lectures, plenum discussion, group work, student presentations and individual work
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 45
  • Exam
  • 30
  • Exam Preparation
  • 335,8
  • Total
  • 410,8
Type of assessment
Course participation under invigilation
Active participation implies presence in min. 80% of the lectures and fulfillment of the requirements for the course in form of presentations and papers during the course.
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Winter exam 2015


Written take-home assignment, defined subject, February 2016.