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Training on Biomedical Informatics, Data Science, and Data Management

The National Library of Medicine offers a range of training on biomedical data and informatics.

Continuing Education Programs for Librarians and Other Information Specialists

These range from short webinars to classes that run for several weeks. Some may be offered only at certain times but others are available on demand. 

NLM Data Types, Structure, Sources and Tools

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications 

This at-your-own-pace course introduces you to molecular biology data and resources, including genetic and protein sequence data, structure data, and links from this data to clinical applications. No previous knowledge is required.

Insider's Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-Utilities for PubMed

The Insider's Guide is a program designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the essentials of the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. The Insider's Guide is geared toward librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. 

Insider's Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed

This series of interactive workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of five 90-minute sessions (plus an optional "office hours"), students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health

This Webinar series focuses on the roles and products of the National Library of Medicine related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records systems and clinical research. The series is specially designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists involved in clinical research and/or with an interest in serving more active roles in their health IT team.

The following brief, on-demand courses were built from this webinar series:

A Bird's Eye View of Health Data Standards

Understand the big picture of health data standards and how they are used, including relevant National Library of Medicine (NLM) products and services. 

Getting the Right Information to Patients Using MedlinePlus Connect

 Learn how to link Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems and apps to consumer-level health information from MedlinePlus.

Learn @NCBI

Comprehensive listing of courses, workshops, webinars, training materials, and documentation about NCBI resources such as BLAST, dbGAP, PubChem, and many more.

Related Topics

Finding and Using Health Statistics

Self-Study course from the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR).

What Is Bioinformatics Librarianship?

A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information. In this one-hour Webinar, eight librarians explain their specialized and uniquely valuable roles at their institution.

Biomedical Research Data Management

These resources and courses focus on the practical and policy aspects of managing research data.

NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery

NNLM RD3 serves as a resource for librarians, library students, information professionals, and interested individuals to learn about and discuss: library roles in data science; fundamentals of domain sciences; emerging trends in supporting biomedical research.

Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians

This course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend research data management (RDM) services at your institution. 

NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series

A collaborative, bimonthly series intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources.  The series aims to support RDM within the library to better serve librarians and their institutional communities. Topics include, but are not limited to, understanding a library’s role in RDM, getting started, data management planning, and different RDM tools.

Data Science

BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Series

NIH's Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program, funded by NLM and other parts of NIH, presents this webinar series which provides an introductory overview to a broad range of data science topics and techniques, with guest lecturers from around the country. Previous webinars are available online.

NCBI Hackathons

Hackathons, hosted at NLM and elsewhere by NCBI staff and partners, provide an opportunity to learn data science skills hands-on while working with a team to solve a real world problem. Librarians are encouraged to apply.

Academic Programs

These are NLM-funded programs at academic institutions.

NLM's University-based Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Research Training Programs

These programs include health care informatics, translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, and public health informatics.

Biomedical Informatics Training Program at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications

Post-doctoral fellowships, visiting scientists program, and other opportunities for academics.

See also information on funding from NLM for education in biomedical informatics.

Last Reviewed: May 24, 2019